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    Software for Backing up Files

    I'm trying to find some free software where I can designate certain files and directories to backup to an external hard drive. Anyone have a recommendation on what I can use? If it were for me I'd just drag and copy over but it's for my technology challenged parents who need something a little more "hands free" than that.


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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    A few external hard drives come with software... I haven't used any automatic backup software. CNET gave a good review of this: Automatic Backup Pro - CNET Download.com


    Nevermind... that isn't free.



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    I use Acronis. It's not free but it's a lifesaver and you can set it once and forget it.



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    There is 0 reason to back up to a hard drive anymore. Check out Amazon Glacier. $.01 per Gig/mo.


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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    There is 0 reason to back up to a hard drive anymore. Check out Amazon Glacier. $.01 per Gig/mo.
    i don't think this is ready for prime time for most users.



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    I use online backup as well as an external hard drive. I use a program called Syncback (the free version). It is simple and easy to use and has some much more detailed features if you'd like those as well.



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    There is 0 reason to back up to a hard drive anymore. Check out Amazon Glacier. $.01 per Gig/mo.
    Have you ever done a bare metal restore using an online backup? I think I'll stick to my local hard drive backups with off site storage (and some online storage mixed in).



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    Yeah I don't want to mess with the online backup methods, trying to keep it local and simple for my mid 60's parent that needs technology as simple as it can get. I came across this free software which so far I like the functionality of it: Free Windows Backup Software - Back Up Files to DVD, USB, Google Docs & More the only downside is it packages the backup into 1 file and you have to extract it back but the whole purpose of doing this backup is if the PC crashes or possibly stolen that valuable home-business information is not lost and this would still accomplis that.

    Going to try that SyncBack mentioned above and see how that works


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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    There is 0 reason to back up to a hard drive anymore. Check out Amazon Glacier. $.01 per Gig/mo.
    Would Dropbox work as well? I have 0 actual experience with it, but from what I know of it, it sounds like it would work as well.



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    Crashplan - onsite and offsite solution



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    Quote Originally Posted by CYdTracked View Post
    Yeah I don't want to mess with the online backup methods, trying to keep it local and simple for my mid 60's parent that needs technology as simple as it can get.
    Online backup IS as simple as it can get. Set it once and FORGET IT.



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    Yeah. Online backup is the easiest with auto matic settings but that is not what the op wants. :-) i use mozy



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    Re: Software for Backing up Files

    Quote Originally Posted by Trice View Post
    I use online backup as well as an external hard drive. I use a program called Syncback (the free version). It is simple and easy to use and has some much more detailed features if you'd like those as well.
    I'm pretty similar, but I don't actually backup any of my computers. If anything is important (photos, music, important documents) I put it on a RAID NAS drive I have. Daily, I use Syncback (free version) to copy the changed contents of that drive and the contents of my website (using FTP mapped to a drive letter) to a drive in one of my computers dedicated for that purpose. I then use Crashplan to back up that drive (and the contents of my dropbox folder) to the cloud.

    So yeah, to answer the original question, Syncback Free is great for that.



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