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    RE: Backups

    I have Windows XP Home Edition and wondered which was the best backup software to use. I know Windows has a native backup facility - is this better than commercial/freeware software.?Any recommendations? Thanks.

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    Re: RE: Backups

    While I never have had the disasters that some people have had with backup products, I'm not sure they are always a sound investment for solo users. Before CD/DVD RW drives, there seemed to be little choice. If you need a scheduled program to force you to back up regularly, then by all means get one. Otherwise, you may wish to "roll your own" burning to disks. HTH
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    Re: RE: Backups

    Farmer,

    The native backup in Windows is only a VERY lite version without many redeeming features. Can't backup to CD's for one and questionable restore capabilites, for some.

    Best bet in my book is Acronis True Image, GOOD set of features, inexpensive, good tech support if needed. Makes an actual image of your drives to restore entire drives or just single files. Search on the lounge for threads regarding True Image.

    Check out it's features at TRUE IMAGE
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    Re: RE: Backups

    The bundled Windoze backup is a watered down version of what used te be the Veritas Back Up Exec.
    Veritas Backup Exec has been replaced by Sonic's BUMP (Back Up My PC).

    But all of those are based on tape technology.

    I'd suggest looking at Retrispect http://www.dantz.com/.

    Retrospect wil lallow you to create a disaster recovery CD so that yo udo not need to first install the OS to rebuild a system, and Retrospect (more) intelligently treats incremental backups (REtrospect calls these "prospective" backups)/

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    Re: RE: Backups

    How does TRUE IMAGE handle incremental backups and retoratiob of selected files/directories?

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    Re: RE: Backups

    You might also want to take a <!post=look at this thread.,357535>look at this thread.<!/post> To Howard, assuming your TYPO means restoration, it does an excellent job. I haven't used incremental backups, since it's so easy (much easier) to image a complete partition, that's what I do.

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    Re: RE: Backups

    Howard,

    One of the menu choices when starting the prog is to either do a full Image or an Incremental one of files changed since last full image.

    As to restoration, it will create a temporary virtual drive of the one you wish to select from and give an explorer type screen to select the pertinent filesdirectories to restore. It's very easy.
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    Re: RE: Backups

    For data have a look at ZipBackup which is advertised in Woodys ezines. It backs up to standard zip files so is inherently easy to extract from. Also look at <post#=351120>post 351120</post#> re use of different types of backup for different purposes.

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    Re: RE: Backups

    I like Karen's Freebie, Replicator. Been using it for two years now.
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    Re: RE: Backups

    How well does replicator work for you, Diegol? I've never tried it, but Karen's other offerings are very solid and do exactly what they should, so I suspect this is no different. Does this utility allow for backups to CD or other optical media?
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    Re: RE: Backups

    Hi Mark,

    I use Replicator for simple home purposes, and it works fine. You define backup jobs (ie, specify a source directory and a destination directory, whether to include subfolders, whether you want Replicator to delete files from the destination directory if they had been deleted previously from the source directory, schedule jobs, and so on), which is annoying at first because you need to create one backup job for each directory to be backed up. But after a while I found the right equilibrium between [arranging files in an intuitive way] and [arranging files to be backed up in the best of ways in order to minimize Jobs creation and future Jobs editing in case I might want to rename a directory or move a file later]. Otherwise, the interface is very simple and easy to use. I don't know if it'll let you back up to a CD. You can specify any destination directory, but I don't know what happens from there on. I have Replicator back up to my secondary HD, in case the primary goes kaput.

    You should give it a try (it's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> after all... right?). VB6 Runtimes are required, but you can download them too from Karen's site.

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