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    I have 2 laptops on a wireless LAN that I want to backup to a WD World Book 2T external drive via ethernet connection to the router.

    Folks here seem to like Acronis TI.
    Questions:

    Will Acronis TI update the backups (eg. "Non-stop Backup) to the external drive if the Laptops have been removed from the LAN for a period?
    Can one purchase of TI be used on my two laptops, or do I need to buy two for the licenses?

    Should I partition the external drive or will folders suffice for the two laptops?

    Might 2BrightSparks | SyncBackSE be a better choice for me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenK View Post
    Questions:

    Will Acronis TI update the backups (eg. "Non-stop Backup) to the external drive if the Laptops have been removed from the LAN for a period?

    Can one purchase of TI be used on my two laptops, or do I need to buy two for the licenses?

    Should I partition the external drive or will folders suffice for the two laptops?

    Might 2BrightSparks | SyncBackSE be a better choice for me?

    Cheers
    Ken
    Ken,

    In order:

    Should work but It's going to be slow over Wireless!

    Depends on your conscience

    Folders will work just fine at least that's how I do it.

    Don't know haven't used them.

    Good luck.
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    Thanks for your reply RG.

    One purchase of SyncBackSE includes 5 licenses, hence my question re TI.

    If speed becomes a problem I should be able to schedule backups at night or during the day when I'm at the office.

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    If your main concern is up to date data backups I would go with BrightSparks and if these are home user only, then the free version is probably all you need unless you want some of the more fancy capabilities. Once set up and scheduled via Scheduled Tasks it runs as often as you set it to backup/sycronize and if it ever misses a scheduled backup because its disconnected or shutdown, it just catches everything up the next time it's on or reconnected and it can be done manually with just a few clicks as well.

    From what I understand ATI is getting more into the folder-based backup methodology so if one were going to be imaging both systems regularly as well, it might be a one-stop integration package.

    I still prefer BrightSparks for folder-based data backup because I can syncronize the LAN or NAS-based data backup/base with any number of other computers and not only have redundancy but also work on the same data from any station; almost like a business-based server situation on the cheap cheap.

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    Byron,

    For folder based backups I use RoboCopy {free}. A simple little command file with a shortcut in a toolbar on the taskbar {could be Icon on desktop or scheduled task}. I simply click it when I'm getting up for lunch or dinner, etc and my recent file changes are captured to a second internal drive, keeps a perfectly synchronized copy of my documents.

    DataBackup.cmd:
    Code:
    Echo Off
    REM  Updated: 10/27/10
    Echo.  -------- Copying BEKDocs to V: drive -------
    Robocopy "G:\BEKDocs" "V:\BEKDocs" /MIR /XJD /R:5 /W:15 /MT:32 /V /NP /LOG:RoboCopy.log 
    Echo.  -------- Copy Completed              -------
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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