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    Backup software for XP Home

    I am running XP Home SP2. The O/S does not come with a backup program. I've recently had a couple of potentially disasterous glitches with my machine and realize the necessity of a good back up program.
    Would someone please suggest a Freeware backup program which is easy to learn and easy to run ? I'd like to be able to backup all the essential files to handle a crash. I have a CD ROM drive and floppy drive.
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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Here's an article explaining HOW TO: Install Backup from the CD-ROM in Windows XP Home Edition. Most in the lounge would encourage you to spend a liitle money for a program such as Acronis TrueImage as it is more fully featured than the Microsoft utility. When you consider the amount of money spent on the hardware, the value of your files, and the value of your time to recover from a disaster then the money spent on good backup software is trivial.

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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    I'm one of those that Joe mentions who favor TrueImage and the concept of image backup. But, just in case you want to look at another alternative, our "boss" Woody often recommends: <A target="_blank" HREF="http://www.zipbackup.com/partners/www/?source=www">ZipBackup

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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    True Image is the way to go. No doubt in my mind. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Get True Image and you will NEVER use the MS Backup again.

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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Thanks to all for their suggestions for a backup program.
    I've decided to use a simple and inexpensive one called Argentum Backup. It's simple and what I wanted.
    You can get it at the link below.
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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Well, I'm rather confused by what you originally asked and then reading that you decided to go with "Argentum Backup". <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/confused.gif>

    1) You asked for a "Freeware" program but Argentum costs $25, according to the website information.
    2) You were evidently concerned about acquiring a backup program since you had experienced a couple of "potential disasters" in the past. Perhaps I am not understanding you correctly, but should something render your O/S useless or you have a major crash, the only way you are going to be able to restore your system to its condition prior to such a disaster is with a FULL SYSTEM BACKUP. Argentum only backs up, "your documents and folders . . . and . . . Safely protects you from accidental deletes, overwrites and viruses [which corrupt files]. So, IF you are wanting to be able to restore your system, this is clearly not the utility that is going to do that for you.

    Personally, I must agree with nearly everyone else who has replied to you in this thread and recommend Acronis True Image as the application of choice. Not only will it backup your entire system, but it will also allow you to restore individual files as needed. True Image has so many great features and benefits that I can't imagine someone being without it or at least something similar to it. I would therefore urge you to reconsider using Argentum unless all you want is a simple way to backup only files and documents. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    I agree with what everyone says about TrueImage and I use it to make copies of all my partitions. But I'm a cautious kind of guy and was once caught out when I couldn't get data to restore as the restore software wouldn't work properly. I therefore also use Zip Backup to back up my data files as it has the significant advantage of backing up to a universal format from which any zip program can restore.

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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    If that works for you then fine. You should periodically (timing to be determined by you to assure your piece of mind) still check you image backups to make sure you can read them. In other words try to restore an individual file or two. This will tell you that your CD or DVD burner is still producing media that you can read. Some would say that once in a longer while you should restore your whole system (once again timing to be at your discretion).

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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Joe, I agree with you that we should regularly check that our back up process (whatever it is) is working correctly. Even zipping to a CD will fail if the CD is no good. I just feel safer that my data files are backed up to an industry standard format that will always be available.

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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Jeff,
    Thanks for your comments regarding my post.
    I guess I was looking for something really simple which would backup my data and any other setup information I choose. The Argentum program allows one to create backups for whatever one wants. If I had a major crash I could just reinstall the operating system and use the Argentum backups to renew the data Including drivers and email and contacts info. Apparently the zip files created would migrate ot the correct locations once extracted according to the FAQ I read. Of course I have saved the Zip files to a CD so they'd not be lost if there were a crash..
    Is this not a valid concept on my part?
    I'm sorry about the confusion regarding Freeware and my choosing a $25 program but I think my partner and I like the "ease of use" factor. Neither of us is really a computer expert. The Freeware programs I found using Google that seemed to fit what we were looking for were free to use on a trial basis but required purchase after a trial period.
    I'd appreciate your reaction to my plan for backups.
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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Since I don't see Pilgrim online, let me respond if I may. There's nothing wrong with your strategy, as far as it goes. I too use a "selected file" backup program to backup critical files every night, such as documents, mail, etc. The problem is that this plan doesn't cover the HARDEST part of recovering from a system crash - reinstalling the operating system and all your application software, which can take a LONG time, a lot of headache and tons of tweaking, just to get back to a satisfactory position. That's why so many of us, me included, use an "imaging" program to backup WHOLE partitions to a separate drive or CD. I use a removable drive, of which I have three that I rotate, and I make a full partition image once each week.

    So, with a full image AND the nightly data files backup, all the bases are covered.

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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Big al,
    Wouldn't you need a fairly large removable drive to handle the full image backup? Are we talking big bucks here?
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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    Me again.
    Would I have to break my existing drives into partitions to backup a full image?
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    Re: Backup software for XP Home

    The total backup of all my partitions runs to about 20-25 gig (I don't backup the swap file and I empty the recycle bin and browser cache) and my three backup drives are 40 gig each so I don't have a space problem. TrueImage in its "normal" compression mode squeezes the data down to about 15-16 gig. The answer to your other question is no, you don't have to do any special partitioning. TI will backup one or more partitions of your choosing. It so happens that I have two physical drives with several partitions on each.

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