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I Need A Good Backup Software


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Posted 21 July 2007 - 11:55 PM

Its orite if u laugh at me, but ive neva used any backup for my laptop and desktop before, cuz i thought i would neva get infected. I am a medium user, which i am quite familiar dealing with viruses and malwares, which I know which sites not to go, and how to get rid of them if i get one (neva failed). Both my PCs were running at their peak performances until yesterday my laptop's hard drive corrupted badly (too old). Which i can still use a bootable media, but I know i would have to change the hard drive eventually, so I am here to ask for a good backup software that can just copy my entire hard drive fast and restore fast even if i cant boot, and takes the smallest volume of archive.

i have done search on backup software, but they are all quite similar i cant tell the diff. And i am currently using Acronis True Image Home 10.0, but it takes about 20gigs to backup my entire hard drive, which i cant fit it in, my desktop's hard drive is only about 45gigs.

any suggestions? soz about the long post. :thumbsup:

Also, is it possible to boot from an USB pen drive? I tried but it didnt work like a CD.

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 12:58 AM

You'll find that most commercial imaging programs will use up alot of available resources.

What about using the Backup Program on XP Home Edition.

How to Use the Backup Utility For Windows XP to Back Up Files and folders.
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Posted 22 July 2007 - 03:54 AM

thx for the reply. i tried it, but it still took quite a long time and more than 30gigs, which it doesnt seem to have the compress backup option. Are there any software that backup faster and more efficient?

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Posted 22 July 2007 - 10:26 AM

This should work:

How to Backup and Restore your Data using Cobian Backup.
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 03:56 AM

is it ok to put the backup files in the same CD or DVD as the bootable media? Also, the best compression is about 1/3 of my hard drive (<19gigs), does that mean i need about 5 DVDs(4.7gigs) to fit them all in?

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Posted 23 July 2007 - 11:05 AM

Not sure about using multiple DVD's with this backup utility.This works with some backup programs but not all.
Guess you could try....worse case scenario is ending up with five DVD coasters! (kidding)
Would this fit onto your Pen Drive?

An External Hard Drive would be the answer, they aren't very expensive and come in very handy.

Perhaps another member will post an answer to this question.
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Posted 23 July 2007 - 06:24 PM

I have two pen drives but they are only 1gig each. Yeah, I am considering to get a portable HD.

BTW, I am using Deep freeze, which it copies drives in seconds but they dont seem to provide backup options, I wonder why that is.




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