Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    Posts
    216
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Free Backup Software (XP SP2)

    I am after some free backup software for my technophobic sister who just wants to double click an icon on the desktop and have her documents folder backed up to memory stick. She only turns the PC on every few days so she doesn't need fancy bells and whistles.

    Any recommendations? Thanks

  2. #2
    Platinum Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Quedgeley, Gloucester, England
    Posts
    5,333
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Free Backup Software (XP SP2)

    A BATch file would be a trivial solution, perhaps using ROBOCOPY.

    But there are several general design questions which spring to mind, like what should happen to previous backups - kept or overwritten? Do you want the USB Flash Drive to mirror the current contents of the My Documents folder, or should items deleted from the hard disk still stay on the USB Flash Drive? Do you want to keep old versions of documents (as far as possible) as well as their current version? What are the relative sizes of My Documents and the USB Flash Drive, and thus is there any need for compression or ZIPping on the USB Flash Drive? Who would be doing any recovery needed, and how would they do it? And so on!

    John
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

    Ita, esto, quidcumque...

  3. #3
    Platinum Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2001
    Location
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Posts
    5,016
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: Free Backup Software (XP SP2)

    For something quite simple, you might find something like Panic Over will suffice. Note that, although many think of "My Documents" as their only "unique" personal collection, there are other personalized items to consider, like

    Outlook Express emails
    Outlook Express email addresses
    Internet Explorer Favourites

    PanicOver does all of these as well as My Documents. It's built for Win 9x/ME but should be fine for XP.

    Alan

  4. #4
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Location
    Irvine, California, USA
    Posts
    292
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Free Backup Software (XP SP2)

    You may want to look at Karen's Replicator found at http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp It can sync in one or both directions and is fairly fast. The only quirk is if a file is open it will not back it up. When I use it for my laptop to my external HD I must remember to close Outlook first.

Posting Permissions

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