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    Automatic back ups?

    I have a home network and would like to back up two working computers onto a separate hard drive that lives on one of the computers. Can someone recommend a good program that will automatically back up to the spare drive at a preset schedule?

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    Re: Automatic back ups?

    I have not found a GOOD and reliable program. I am one that will do it manually to ensure that it is done the way I want it done. I use Windows Explorer and drag the different folders to the networked drive.

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    Re: Automatic back ups?

    Drive Image 7 supports saving backup images to a local hard disk or to a network hard disk

    Read this Power Quest Drive Image 7.0 It's there newest version. I use it to shedule Backups while I'm sleeping. BUT I have never tried what your asking. So read the material and see if it answeres your questions.

    Many small office or home office users have multiple computers in their office which allows each to save backup files for another machine. If saving to a network drive you will most likely need to specify a user name and password for access to the network location you want.

    In Drive Image 7.0, network support is built in, with no additional setup needed. Drive Image 7.0 also supports saving backup images to a shared network drive on a peer-to-peer network.

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    Re: Automatic back ups?

    Problem with MOST back up programs, you MUST have that program installed on the using machine in order to retrieve file(s). A image is good for rebuilding your complete system, but for daily or weeking backups, one can not beat the ease of copying from Windows Explorer, and the files can be moved to ANY other machine with Windows of any version installed.

    This is just MY <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> on the subject of back ups.

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    Re: Automatic back ups?

    Agreed!

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    Re: Automatic back ups?

    The trouble with "copying from Windows Explorer" is that you have to remember to do it.
    I prefer to use WinZip Command line from a BAT file in Scheduled Tasks.

    Since every computer I use has the ability to extract files from a ZIP archive this gives me a pretty safe copy at regularly scheduled times.

    I also do regular manual image copies of bootable disk(s).

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    Re: Automatic back ups?

    I think we must be talking to ourselves, cause Wayneb hasn't come back yet. OH well.

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    Re: Automatic back ups?

    I disagree with Dave, however, to each his own! Like Cowboy, I've used Drive Image to make complete-drive (partition) images for years and version 7 makes it a no-brainer. We have a thread on the subject going on in the Software forum right now. I don't think any of us has yet done a "scheduled" backup. Dave's comment about "having to have software installed" is kind of ludicrous since that's true of 99% of what we do with our computers. Yes, you can use Windows Explorer or batch files or ..... but how tedious.

    If you want to look at alternatives, you can go to TUCOWS and find tons of backup software. One that I'm also using for nightly selected backups is Backup Now.

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