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    Automatic backup programs

    Does anyone have a recommendation for an automatic backup program? I'd like to be able to have a series of files backed up to CD once a week (or more) without having to do this manually through Windows' copy and save to acrobatics. Preferably, the program would recognize files that haven't changed since the previous save and ignore them for other changed files. I know that Karen's Replicator has often been recommended here but I can't for the life of me set it up to do a weekly save to a CD. Any suggestions?

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    I use Roxio Creator Classic, define the different drive:folder(s) that I want to back up and save as a project. All I have to do is open Creator open the project, pop in a CD or DVD and run the project. This CD DVD will be readable by any CD DVD player.

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    I have used xxcopy for this purpose. There are a myriad of switches that can be used for all kinds of synchronized backups. Once you've written a simple batch file for the task, it's just a matter of running that. Look for the /clone switch (and "Differential Backup") on the website for details.

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    For what it's worth, I use NTI's Backup Now! but it's not free. I don't use it for CD backup but that seems to be what it's designed for. Now, as for "automatic" I don't know what will happen if you put a CD in your burner, setup a schedule to backup certain files in the middle of the night, and ..... You'll have to try it to see. Sorry. In my case I do the above, but to a LAN destination rather than CD.

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    I'm with Al on NTI Backup. I use it to burn backups to CD-RW. Individual backup routines are saved, which the scheduling feature runs whenever you say.
    I leave a CD-RW in the burner(unless it's in use), and alternate each night between a full, and a differential backup of my data files (about 90M and 5M, typically). Each morning the tray is out, and I know the burn was completed. With compression, it takes about 10 days to fill the CD. Changing out the CD-RW and erasing the oldest of 3 CDs that I use for this is the only maintenence. I keep the newest copy at the office.
    I periodically generate one-offs of data backup to another drive for files that don't need daily protection.
    The only downside I can see, but haven't experienced, is that the backup file is NTI-proprietary...you need the program to restore. It's not a big issue for me since I have DOS restoreable images to get back into business after a catastrophe.

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    Thanks to everyone for the replies. I'm giving the NTI Backup Now program a trial run. It'd be nice if it were <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> but if it works as well as Rick says, then I'll put down my money. Thanks again for the different options

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    Also, check out Karen Kenworthy's Replicator. It is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    See his original post, Joe.

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    Oops!! I've been on vacation and must be having trouble getting my eyes to focus on a monitor again. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    Sorry for the redundant info. What happens with Replicator when you setup the job? Can you post the job settings?

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    Hi Joe,

    Sorry to be slow in getting back to you. In Karen's Replicator, the job is impossible because the program won't allow me to select my CD-DVD drive (Replicator asks for a destination folder). It is altogether possible that I'm doing something obviously stupid here and that there is an easy workaround, but the point of my backups is to have them on a CDR so that I can move them around with me. I hope this makes sense.

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    Hi Tony,
    Can't you just type in your CD-DVD drive letter and a folder name - assume the drive letter is e - E:backup_folder. You'd need either Roxio's Direct CD or Nero's InCd or XP built-in CD burning for this to work.

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    I gave that a shot but it didn't work for some reason. Here's an excerpt of the log with the errors:

    6/4/2004 5:34:55 PM: Logging Started Computer=ATL User=Anthony App=Karen's Replicator v2.2.3
    6/4/2004 5:34:55 PM: Running Manual Job: Bi-Weekly Backup
    6/4/2004 5:34:55 PM: Copy Failure: Could not Open Destination File (File Possibly In Use/Locked): E:Backup Folder My DocumentsBudgetrecherche2003.pdf
    6/4/2004 5:34:55 PM: Copy Failure: Could not Open Destination File (File Possibly In Use/Locked): E:Backup Folder My DocumentsBudgetrecherche2004.pdf
    6/4/2004 5:34:55 PM: Copy Failure: Could not Open Destination File (File Possibly In Use/Locked): E:Backup Folder My Documentscalendrierop

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    Do you have some software that allows drag and drop of files to your CD-DVD burner?

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    Re: Automatic backup programs

    Thanks for the quick replies, Joe. What I've done in the past is use XP's copy to CD-DVD function to line up the folders/files that I want to backup and then burned them. But since I do get paranoid about the tons of things now on my hard drive, I wanted a weekly backup of all of my documents/files, and that just added up to lots of clicking and dragging, thus the reason for finding a program that could do it all for me.

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