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    Backup software (XP/Home)

    recommendations for backup software? I am backing up to an external hard drive via USB. TIA

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    Re: Backup software (XP/Home)

    My two favorites are Powerquest's Drive Image and Centered's Second Copy. Drive Image takes a snapshot of a chosen drive partition and copies it to a chosen location, which can be removeable media like a CD-R/CD-RW drive or external hardrive, a network drive or an alternate internal partition or hard drive. This is handy when you need to turn back the clock, i.e. in case of virus infection, and acts as a personal system restore disk. I use Second Copy in conjunction with Drive Image for daily and weekly backup sets, where I can restore individual data files when need be. Both are reasonably priced and are excellent for personal or small business use. Hope that helps!

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    Re: Backup software (XP/Home)

    I've been using Stomp's BackupMyPC. You can get a 30-day free trial at

    http://www.stompinc.com/

    and click on the Downloads button. If you've ever used the Seagate Backup Exec software in older versions of Windows for tape backups, the interface looks exactly the same. BackupMyPC will work with CD-R's and most CD/RW drives (my Sony Spressa drive wasn't listed, but it works fine anyways. The software will format and span CD-R's on the fly and will do full, differential, and incremental backups with file compression and verification. I use it to do monthly full backups (with weekly incrementals) of all my data, document folders, Office settings, music, and photos.

    You can do a full backup of your system (though with CD-R's and big hard disks it can take alot of CD's, even with compression). I used to do full system backups on my older PC's with a tape drive (often taking hours to complete), but found that was a waste of time. When my systems would start acting flaky or failing, it was generally useless to try and restore operating system or application files and directories -- doing a reformat and clean install of Windows and applications and then restoring my data files and settings with the backup software would be the only way for me to get my system back up and running smoothly.

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    Re: Backup software (XP/Home)

    Nice to "see" you Keely! Thanks for the comment about Second Copy. I think I'll give it a try. I too use Drive Image for weekly backup of all of my hard drives. However, every night I still use the OLD CA program called Cheyenne Backup to do file-by-file backup to a backup machine on my in-home network. It works OK but it's pretty old. I use it only for DAILY files that change a lot. How 'bout this Second Copy? Does it let you build a "script" of random files, in random directories to backup to another location?

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    Re: Backup software (XP/Home)

    Random files to random locations? I'm not big on any additional randomness with my computer - Windows is enough for me. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> It's more versatile than I first thought, when I discovered their Tips and Tricks page, but I don't think it will do what you're looking for. As mentioned be someone else above, I've heard good things about Stomp as well, so you might want to check into its scripting capability. As for Cheyenne Backup - if it works, why not stick with it? That's why I haven't switched to Stomp - Second Copy meets my needs just fine.

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