Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Backup Software Wanted

    I'm looking for backup software that can do ALL of the following:

    1. write to a mapped drive on a schedule (e.g., the software I currently use, PC Backup by StompSoft, will let me backup to a mapped drive only if I manually start the backup; if the backup is scheduled, it fails to find the mapped drive)

    2. schedule both hourly and daily backups

    3. enable full hourly and daily backups without overwriting earlier backups (distinguishes each backup by date and time)

    4. backs up open files (shadow copying)

    5. backs up only selected items

    6. provides decent tech support

    7. easy for the non-tech savvy user to use

    PC Backup (StompSoft, www.stompsoft.com) fails on items 1 and 6 (has about the worst tech support of any software vendor I've dealt with). I could live without #5 if items 1 to 4 work. I tried True Image 10 -- great software -- but it fails items 2 and 3. True Image at best schedules daily backups and insists on either overwriting a previous "full" backup with a new backup or that I use incremental or differential backup.

    In the past, I have tried Retrospect but have found it impossible for the non-tech savvy user to make heads or tails of it and so went no further.

    I have installed an Ifrant Ready/NAS for the backups. The problem I'm having is getting Windows XP Pro SP2 to keep the NAS listed in the My Network PlacesMicrosoft Windows Network folder. Sometimes it is there and sometimes not; however, the mapped drives remain. When XP recognizes the NAS in the Network folder, PC Backup works fine. Because the NAS regularly disappears, and because PC Backup won't backup to a mapped drive (although that makes no sense to me), I have to find another solution, if I can.

    I'm open to suggestions either as to replacement backup software or how to get XP to permanently recognize the NAS. Thanks.

  2. #2
    Silver Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Swanzey, New Hampshire, USA
    Posts
    1,707
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    A very popular backup application used and applauded by many of us here is: Acronis True Image Home 10. I do believe it will do most everything you are wanting to do. Works for me!! <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/BigThumbUp.gif>

    Jeff
    Jeff
    simul iustus et peccator

  3. #3
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    Thanks for the suggestion but True Image 10 doesn't do scheduled hourly backups and doesn't permit full backups without overwriting earlier full backups. Because it is popular among members of this group, that was the first alternate I downloaded and tried. Absolutely critical for me is that the program be able to do scheduled hourly backups.

  4. #4
    Silver Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Swanzey, New Hampshire, USA
    Posts
    1,707
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    I cannot verify that True Image 10 will do hourly backups without actually going through the process of creating a new schedule or editing the one I have created. But I can verify that you CAN create Full backup images without overwriting previous Full backup images. The way to do that is to setup a new additional Schedule with a different "Backup Location".

    Jeff
    Jeff
    simul iustus et peccator

  5. #5
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    Yes, I agree that I can do if I create a new schedule but for me that defeats the purpose of scheduling. The idea of daily and hourly scheduling is to create a single schedule that simply runs. If I have to constantly create new schedules and keep creating new folders so I have new places to back up to, I might as well do manual backups with the software I have.

    As for the hourly backups, that is not a scheduling choice with True Image and when I asked Acronis's tech support about it, I was told it cannot schedule hourly backups (by which I mean I set the schedule to backup every hour beginning at xx:xx time -- without having to create a separate schedule for each hour of each day).

  6. #6
    Silver Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Swanzey, New Hampshire, USA
    Posts
    1,707
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    Well, best of luck finding something that meets your specific needs. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Jeff
    Jeff
    simul iustus et peccator

  7. #7
    Platinum Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    A Magic Forest in Deepest, Darkest Kent
    Posts
    5,681
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    Hi Rich

    There is a lot of coverage of True Image in the Lounge of late and there are some avid users but there are other, less vociferous Loungers, who use other applications so I thought I would add my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> and introduce some open source stuff and open the answer up a bit.

    There is a nice list of links in Wikipedia - List of Backup Software

    During my time in the Lounge I have noted that not all shoes fit for needs and that one man's meat is another's poison. Some of the links point to network backups with tape media but the secondary level links are quite interesting and may assist you in your quest...good luck
    Jerry

  8. #8
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    Thanks, Jerry, for the link. I'll check it out.

  9. #9
    Plutonium Lounger Leif's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Location
    U.K.
    Posts
    14,010
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    One product that isn't listed there is Ultrabac which I've been using for around 10 years now. I'm on a build 3 versions behind what is currently available, and I'm fairly certain it it can do everything you want, so the latest version should be even better! They also have try-before-you-buy and (I think) a money-back-guarantee-if-you're-not satisfied deal.

  10. #10
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Dundee, Scotland
    Posts
    404
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    Hi,

    I use ceren backup (version 1.7 build 22) You'll have to hunt for it, as the writer seems to have vanished (so no tech support I suppose...) It's very flexible, and does everything except 4 (won't backup open files) and 6 on your list, oh and its <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>
    John (Unreconstructed Jacobite)

  11. #11
    Super Moderator jscher2000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2001
    Location
    Silicon Valley, USA
    Posts
    23,112
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 93 Times in 89 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    It would be great if you could keep notes on your quest and create a matrix showing which products meet which criteria. Could be the kernel of a Wikipedia article. Or maybe there already is one. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

  12. #12
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    Thanks, John, for the suggestion. Alas, without tech support I'd find myself in the same hole that StompSoft has me in <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> .

  13. #13
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    Thanks, Leif. I'll check it out.

  14. #14
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    If I find something, I'll let the group know. I have to admit, I'm not much of a wikipedia fan. Unless someone specifically directs me to an article, I never go to it.

  15. #15
    2 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Poughkeepsie, New York, USA
    Posts
    123
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Backup Software Wanted

    You asked for results and I finally have some to report. It took quite a while, but I finally found backup software that will let me do what I want -- Backup4all ( http://www.backup4all.com/). It isn't as nice to use as PC Backup or Novastor Backup, but those programs won't backup to a mapped drive nor will they let me enter the UNC manually.

    I don't know how the tech support is for Backup4all as I haven't needed to use it. The interface is not the best but it is typical. The group's favorite, True Image, would have been an ideal program except for 2 failings: (a) it can't do hourly backups and ([img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] a new full backup overwrites a previous backup.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •