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    Backups

    I am looking for software, hardware information on how to do full, incremental and total backups on several laptops and more desktops. I was looking into using a CD-RW drive for the systems that have only small amounts of information and using DVDRW drive for the systems that have huge files.

    I am look for the whole dept. to do backups according to their own needs. 8 - Laptops, 15 - workstations.

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    Re: Backups

    Oh boy, there's been a bunch of threads here about the topic. Searching yields LOTS of results, but for starters you might want to scan through these threads: <post#=316800>post 316800</post#>, <post#=341018>post 341018</post#>, and <post#=351120>post 351120</post#>.

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    Re: Backups

    Acronis True Image Is the best I have ever used. That would be Doc's first Post Link above.

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    Re: Backups

    I second the recommendation for True Image 7. Easy to use, full or incremental backups, all from within WIndows.

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    Re: Backups

    will the new orders I have on this are:

    Don't purchase any hardware or software if we don't have to. Try to use the Windows Backup wizard and save it to CD (laptop has a cd burner). Does anybody know if this backup wizard will go into multi CD's?

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    Re: Backups


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    Re: Backups

    You need to remember that a backup made with the Windows backup tool in one OS version such as windows 2000 will not be able to be read by Windows XP or Window 98, etc. The Windows backup tool file format is specific to the OS version with which it was released. So, when the time comes to upgrade a system you'll need to have a different scheme to migrate files.

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    Re: Backups

    In my opinion, using the Windows supplied backup program has ALWAYS been a less than desirable alternative, through all versions of Windows. These days, FULL system backups are much more effectively achieved with an "imaging" program such as TrueImage or DriveImage. They run quickly, restore quickly and are pretty easy to configure and use. Both products are capable of using CD devices for the destination.

    On the other hand, if you're looking ONLY for selected file backup, and NOT full drives backup, there are also many programs available. My experience with the freebies has been less than favorable, with the possible exception of Karen Kenworthy's Replicator. If you check Woody's E-zines, you'll see that he advertises something called ZipBackup. In one of the three links I originally posted I mention a product called Backup Now which I've been successfully using for some time.

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    Re: Backups

    Anybody know anything about synchronizing network files to laptop folders? They want to know if we can synchronize her files from the network down to her pc before she goes home and then up load in then morning.

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    Re: Backups

    The best description of the bare-bones backup that comes with Windows that I ever heard was... 'It's a brain-dead version of Backup Exec' (Veritas). And that, it truly is. It's great for a quick one-off but is not nearly full featured enough, much like the other utilities that come with Windows (the disk defragmenter comes to mind).

    Most Windows utilities are designed to provide you with basic functionality right out of the box, but do not serve the larger role in a multi-system environment.

    Synchronizing folders is a decent solution to provide portability of data. What exactly is it that you want to know about it?
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    Re: Backups

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    Re: Backups

    For synchronizing the data, I was looking to see if we could write the data to a Network folder and then before they leave download/copy the same data to the C drive. That is the direction I have been given. That way the Network group will backup the network files each night. As for the Laptop, no data is to be kept there, hence, no backup is needed.

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    Re: Backups

    If you have folder synchronization set up properly, that scenario should work. If memory serves, the synchronization occurs at logoff, so the user(s) will get the changes when shutting down.
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    Re: Backups

    Synchronisation for offline folders can be set to run at Logon, at logoff, when idle or on a schedule. Each of these can also be set to behave differently depending on your network connection (to avoid synchronising over a phone line for example).

    A suitable combination of these should achieve what you need.

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