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    Backup Program for Vista

    Hello,

    I use Windows Vista Ultimate and am looking for a backup program that will automatically backup my files (scattered in various folders) to an external hard drive.

    I'd like to run a full backup once a week (not an image of my hard drive but of selected files therein), and every day in-between run a backup that synchronizes selected files on my hard drive with their counterparts on my external hard drive.

    Any recommendations? Thanks so much.

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    Do you mean a differential backup or do you really mean synchronization?

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    Since I've already commented in your earlier thread ( <post:=747,456>post 747,456</post:> ) I won't say anything further except I don't understand why you posted another question.

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    If all you're interested in is simple file-based backup, I wrote Jcopy for a friend of mine.

    It is a fairly simple Visual Basic program, but it runs under Vista. It is FREE, and it gets the job done. I use it every week to backup files on all my PCs.
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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    If all you want is to copy folders & files check out Karen's Replicator. It is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> for personal use and inexpensive for work use. See Site License Calculator for licensing terms.

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    I can second the nomination for Karen's Replicator. It is a bit fancier than my program.
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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    Hi Joe: Thanks for your response. Unfortunately, I can't answer your question, since I don't know the difference. Can you explain? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    Hey Al: In that thread, which concerned Vista's backup program, you said that "most of us use third-party software for backing up," so I'm just looking for recommendations. Make sense? Thanks.

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    Well, generally backups are copies of data to be used for disaster recovery. How you define disaster recoveruy is up to you. Synchronization is keeping two sets of data on different devices the same at a certain point in time so you can access the data on either device. You often see this with e-mail and contacts being synched between a desktop PC and a notebook PC or smartphone.

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    Thanks, Joe. This clarifies things. Now that I understand the difference, here's what I think I'd like a backup program to do: Synchronize my data once a day.

    And just to clarify, I'd like to select certain files and folders to be synchronized, rather than synchronizing my entire hard drive.

    Others in this thread have recommended Karen's Replicator and Jcopy. Anyone know if either of these programs can execute synchronization in the manner I've laid out above?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    What I'm having trouble with and don't know for sure if you understand is the "synchronize my data" concept (meaning ONLY selected files and folders) which the suggested programs to in excellent fashion and your reluctance to talk about doing the WHOLE drive, including operating system, settings, etc. etc.

    Your strategy is to use an external hard drive for the destination and that works perfectly in disk imaging as opposed to synchronization. I run ShadowProtect once each week to make an image of an entire hard drive that can be restored in MINUTES if the drive crashes or has to be replaced. The running of this image takes no more than 30 minutes, is easy to do and the INDIVIDUAL files you might need can be recalled, also in a matter of minutes. I've done it hundreds of times.

    I also run, with ShadowProtect, a nightly incremental image of any files that have changed THAT DAY and that overnight takes less than ONE MINUTE to backup any files that have changed on that day.

    Why would you want to "fool with" anything less?

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    Jcopy can synchronize your data files for you. But I do not have any scheduling capability built into Jcopy.

    You can run Jcopy as a Scheduled task under Windows. But you still have to manually select the profile to run.
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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    I have tried using Acronis TrueImage to do daily incremental backups, and I was not happy with the results.

    The size of the incremental files that Acronis created were WAY too big. If you use a disk defragmenter, then Acronis will back up any file that is located in different sectors - even if the data in the file did not change.

    I now create a new complete Acronis image file each week. I use Jcopy to do any incremental backups I need.
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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    It's a well known bit of info that using a disk defragmenter during an incremental backup "period" will cause the problem you mention. All one has to remember is to do any defragging you're going to do BEFORE starting the schedule for incrementals. That's what I do using ShadowProtect.

    I backup two drives (XP and Vista), creating the full image on Saturday and nightly incrementals each nite. At the end of the week, the aggregate size of all the 14 files is less than 40 gigabytes, which is acceptable to me, stored on a 500 gig external USB drive.

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    Re: Backup Program for Vista

    Hi Rick: I'm going to give Jcopy a try. But before I do, a quick follow-up: I'm assuming that your caveat that I need "to manually select the profile to run" means that I turn the "profile" on once and it runs automatically at the designated time thereafter? Or do I need to manually do something every time I want Jcopy to run? Thanks again.

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