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    Create a FTP Hard Drive (5.1)

    I want to backup to my Web site. But the program I use, Backup MyPC, will not allow me to backup to ftp://www.jonathanrick.com. Instead, it requires that I backup to a hard drive.

    Is there a way in Windows to create a drive, say, Q:, which will lead to ftp://www.jonathanrick.com? Many thanks.

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    Re: Create a FTP Hard Drive (5.1)

    You could backup to a seperate folder or partition and then transfer the files created to your website for safekeeping.
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    Re: Create a FTP Hard Drive (5.1)

    Thanks Doc, but that's a bit circuitous and time consuming... Is there no way to create a drive which will lead to ftp://www.jonathanrick.com?

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    Re: Create a FTP Hard Drive (5.1)

    If you're up for buying another program then take a look at this Google search. Handy Backup should do what you want and there is a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> 30 day trial period you can download here. It's $50 to buy for a single licence. Some of the others are less expensive, but I really didn't go much beyond HandyBackup. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Create a FTP Hard Drive (5.1)

    Hey Jonathan, I've been looking around for I'm sure I've seen this done but I just don't remember if the "connectivity" achieved included a drive letter that stuff like backup software would recognize. For example, when I was last employed we used Homesite as our HTML editor and I know you could set a Windows Explorer entry for an FTP address, but I no longer have the software and don't remember if it mapped a drive letter or not. I currently use HotDog Professional and it too allows me to setup an internet site for easier connectivity but I don't normally use the feature, so once again I don't know if it would map a drive letter.

    Here's a few links I found with Google, but it looks like you might have to shell out some money, maybe, and I didn't keep reading to see if I could find anything free:

    File Transfer Software, FTP and WebDAV File Collaboration Software
    KnoWare, Inc. - Award Winning Internet Utilities and Software Since 1996!
    How can I map to an FTP server as a drive?

    Edited to add: I did check my copy of HotDog Pro and can't find any place in its help files to say anything about mapping a drive letter. The connectivity is there and my domain is easily accessible but a drive letter is nowhere to be found.

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    Re: Create a FTP Hard Drive (5.1)

    Now, after saying what I did in my previous post, I'd like to say something you DIDN'T solicit, in the hopes that it won't start something terribly controversial. I for one would not want to trust VALUABLE backup to any web host, regardless of how good their reputation is. Web hosts come and go, maybe they keep their servers backed up and maybe they don't, the process could be terribly time consuming and I guess I can think of other reasons. But, you see how I feel about the "risk" involved. Given the many choices of local storage (IDE, USB, internal, external) AND the reasonably low cost, I would highly recommend you think twice about a backup strategy that is anything less than completely under your control. My two-cents worth for a Sunday afternoon.

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    Re: Create a FTP Hard Drive (5.1)

    I agree with All, Think Twice, if NOT more times, before doing what you want to do.

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    Re: Create a FTP Hard Drive (5.1)

    While I didn't address the issue in my posts, I agree with what Al is saying here. Backing up to a website can be useful as a temporary repository for your data or to move or send the data to another location, but it is neither safe or secure and completely out of your control !! <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> Much better to backup to an external hard drive and store it in a safe or fireproof lockbox at home (if you do government work just leave it out on your desk <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>). My <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>.
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