That synopsis of yours is great. I suspect that backing-up,
generally, is a very poorly understood concept, by most
home PC users. (Like me!)
And just how much critical data is the average home PC
going to have on it? Pix, WP docs, a few games, a basic
money manager program, perhaps? . . . . . . . . ?
How would you re-write your scenario if you were to
split all program data from everything else? I suppose
cookies, bookmarks, passwords, etc., should really be
described as data, should they not? If so, how's the
average home user gonna know which sub-folders (or
files) out of which folders in the Program Files folder
should be copied in a back-up process?
I also wonder at how much back-ups should be considered
at the time of installation - OS & programs? Fraught!
Especially as (I suspect) some programs are not happy
with their data files in another directory/folder, never mind
on another hdd or partition!
But that's what I've tried to achieve. All data on hdd2,
with all program files on hdd1. Backing up the entire
hdd2 just seems easy.
But what about templates, documents & settings &
programs that want user data in its own sub-folder?
Back-up by degrees, I suppose it amounts to. You mention
verification. How critical is that if the back-up data format
is not compressed or the like - just a file/disc copy of?
I've tried the windoze one, but it seems to be a proprietary
format. One I might not be able to pull just this or that file
or folder from, if needed. Next is Cobian. I struggle with
the interface, as well as the error reports. I've never yet
had to test the integrity of the back-ups, but at least I can
'see' that they're there and open them.
I've got a couple more programs on my 'to try' list, yet.
The more I do it, the more I realise what a challenge this
whole back-up thing really is.
I'm presently playing around, using a LAN, dumping back-
ups on my lady's PC, using her second hdd, reserved just
for the purpose. As it's a half TB SATA, I do have the luxury
of lots of space to play!
Edited by PerryNZ, 05 September 2008 - 12:28 AM.