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Advice for a computer moron


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#1 Teris

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:10 PM

I had a drive go bad and lost a lot of data. I need to get a backup program that will automatically backup my files. I don't have the time, energy or techincal competence to do a manual backup every time, so I need something EASY. I fully expect to pay for that ease and don't mind. Can anyone recommend an excellent backup program that is automatic? Ideally, I'd like to set it once for a full backup once a onth or so and incremental backups in between on a daily (or every other day) basis. Thanks very much!

I tried the windows xp backup on my computer and it asks me for a password. I don't have any idea what the password would be as I've never set one in the first place! I'm not sure if this is an easy/desirable program to use because I can't get it to work.

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 09:04 PM

Cobian Backup
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http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm
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Posted 02 September 2009 - 06:28 AM

If not happy with Cobian you could look at GFI Backup. Used to be payware now free. What that means for updates and such is unknown but seems to be good. Certain features like incremental typically where price goes from zero to xx$ so not that many alternatives.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1893/gfi-ba...ty-for-windows/
http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/07/02/gf...p-sync-windows/
http://lifehacker.com/5305592/gfi-backup-i...backup-solution

Edited by Bambo, 02 September 2009 - 06:29 AM.


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Posted 02 September 2009 - 01:45 PM

Thank you both!! If anyone has experience with these two prioducts, please let me know which is easier to use. Thanks again!!

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Posted 03 September 2009 - 07:48 AM

Well I dont but just install both and go crazy. Look at the screenshots at GFI site. Has easy written all over them, buzzword for that product. Cobian has been one of the most popular free tools for years. I would say both are safe to experiment with. So you get ???? but remember after 1 hour or so you have backup sets, scheduled even. Have a good feeling of how programs work. After that you dont have to care much - except perhaps keep an eye on updates. Test properly though. When you have already been thinking about how to backup, using words like "incremental" you will have no problem. In case you are still worried about getting started - start now :thumbsup:




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