Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Tech Talk
Reload this Page >

Software recommendations for automatic backups?

Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

Software recommendations for automatic backups?

Old 10-26-07, 11:09 PM
  #1  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Lower Beaver, Iowa
Posts: 10,522
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Software recommendations for automatic backups?

My primary hard drive crapped out on me last week. I had backed up some of my data on a secondary drive, but not all of it. Now that repairs are complete I am vowing to be more religious about backing up my data.

My computer (a Dell with Windows XP Pro) now has a shiny new 500 gigabyte primary drive, with a 250 gigabyte internal secondary drive (a warranty replacement for the one that crapped out). I put the computer's original 120 gigabyte in an external enclosure, connected via Firewire, but may upgrade to a bigger drive at some point. I'd like to use the external drive exclusively for backups.

Does anyone have any recommendations? I've heard Norton Ghost isn't that great, and I've heard some good things about True Image.

In addition to software, are there any recommendations for the best way to do backups? Disc imaging, individual folders, both?

Thanks in advance for any assistance or tips.
Old 10-26-07, 11:31 PM
  #2  
sk8r1189
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I just throw my stuff in an encrypted ZIP file or something of the sort and copy that on over to my other drive.
Old 10-26-07, 11:37 PM
  #3  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Lower Beaver, Iowa
Posts: 10,522
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yeah, I know how to do that. But it's not automatic and it doesn't image the OS disk.
Old 10-27-07, 08:34 AM
  #4  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Dr Mabuse's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: 75 clicks above the Do Lung bridge...
Posts: 18,950
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
i use Veritas and an external SCSI tape drive...

it's the best way to do this...

everything automated... the most configurable and thorough...
Old 10-27-07, 09:05 AM
  #5  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: in da cloud
Posts: 26,196
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
you can use windows backup which is part of XP pro
Old 10-27-07, 09:12 AM
  #6  
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 16,173
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
1. ghost does not suck, it would be ok for what you are doing

2. Tape sucks, do not go that route in a personal environment

3. Search - this has been discussed here plenty of times

4. I would recommend Acronis http://www.acronis.com and an external USB or eSata hard drive

the part about being automated has one flaw, that leaves the external hard drive on all the time. I prefer to turn mine off most of the time and only turn it on when backing up.

No matter what you choose, something is better than nothing, so any backup will work

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.