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Old 11-11-06, 03:51 PM
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Backup program that only backs-up changed files?

I'm looking for a good program to use to backup my MyDocuments folder periodically. Ideally, I'd want a program that can scan the directories and only copy over the updated or changed files. I tried using Nero's Backup program, but it ended up being very difficult to use. It compresses everything, which isn't necessary for my purposes. Also, it make it almost impossible to schedule backups and to place the same backed-up files on two different computers.

Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-11-06, 04:05 PM
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windows backup?

use incremental backup
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Originally Posted by al_bundy
windows backup?

use incremental backup
I can't find a shortcut to 'windows backup.' Where is it located on your computer?
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Old 11-11-06, 06:25 PM
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Start --> All Programs --> Accessories --> System Tools --> Backup or just type in ntbackup at Run
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I recommend "Allway Sync". http://allwaysync.com/?a=1 It is a very flexible syncing tool that can also be configured as a traditional backup tool. It can be configured to backup changed files, and optionally delete files that were deleted on the "source".
It is free (under a certain number of files that are backed up). I found it so useful that I ended up buying it.
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looking out a few years in the future, check out Avamar just for kicks

it's so good that if you have the same file in two different folders it will only back it up once. lots of other nice tech in there that will be mature in a few years
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Old 11-12-06, 05:54 AM
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I use SyncBack for syncing my external HD to my laptop HD for backups... it only syncs changed files as well.
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Old 11-12-06, 09:27 AM
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microsoft's sync toy well do this as well.
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Old 11-13-06, 03:07 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions! I'll try some of these out!

(And my Windows (WinXP SP2) apparently doesn't have that pre-loaded backup program that al_bundy and zuffy mentioned)
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just to throw out another one for you to look at, check out DeltaCopy.. that's what i use.
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Does the Microsoft Backup utility allow for an uncompressed backup? I only saw compressed options.
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I don't think Microsoft's Backup program is installed by default (or at all?) under XP. It's definitely part of 2000.

I could have sworn LaCie made a freeware backup program for Windows, but I can't find any mention of one. I use their SilverKeeper on all of my Macs.

EDIT: Found it. Unsupported for non-LaCie devices, and looks pretty basic. http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10312

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I use deltacopy also for replicating data over our WAN since it sends only the parts of the files that have changed, making it much more bandwidth efficient.

For local stuff, you might look at using robocopy (included with XP), it will do exactly what you are looking for. It's a command line program, but there is a GUI available: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/tec...t/default.aspx


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just to throw out another one for you to look at, check out DeltaCopy.. that's what i use.
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I have an idea... buy a Mac and get the new OS later this year (Leopard), get an external hard drive, and use the Time Machine program. :P
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Originally Posted by printerati
I don't think Microsoft's Backup program is installed by default (or at all?) under XP. It's definitely part of 2000.
I think it only gets installed on XP Pro, not Home.
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I'm wanting to say that "Karen's Replicator" can do that also... it's a nifty piece of free software.

http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp
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Originally Posted by matome
I think it only gets installed on XP Pro, not Home.
I have XP Media Center and I have the Microsoft Backup Utility.
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Originally Posted by MitzEclipse
I use SyncBack for syncing my external HD to my laptop HD for backups... it only syncs changed files as well.
I've been using this, and it's excellent. Exactly what I wanted.
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Second Copy is one of the highest ranked backup packages for desktops.

http://www.centered.com/

It's pretty cheap too. I've been using it for years, and love it.
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