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#1 rlight

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 12:53 AM

Greetings,

What would you recommend for a basic hard drive backup program? This is for a young family member, so I need something relatively easy to understand and operate. The goal is to find something that is not too labor intensive, so they will be encouraged to keep using it.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 09:23 PM

Well Cobian is probably the best.
How to backup and restore your data using Cobian Backup

After you do the first (FULL) backup...
They can use INCREMENTAL
This is the feature you will most likely be using after creating your first backup instance. It checks if the source has changed from the last backup and only will backup those files that are new or have changed since the last backup. This saves a lot of time and space on your PC or the medium you will store your backup upon.

or DIFFERENTIAL
This setting works in the same way as incremental but instead compares the files from the last Full backup. If the current files are different compared to the last Full backup it will back them up.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 12:40 AM

Thanks for the info. Would you say that this program is user friendly? If it is too complicated it will not be used on a regular basis.

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:07 AM

Once it's set up (options set, files to backup chosen, ...), the backup process consists of, clicking the Start Menu icon, right-clicking the Task Bar icon, and selecting Run Task.
That's it.
It'll notify you, when the backup is finished.

I find it easy to use.
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Posted 09 October 2009 - 08:02 PM

Great!!! Thanks for the help.

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Posted 10 October 2009 - 09:15 AM

You're welcome, rlight.
If you have any questions, just ask.
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Posted 13 October 2009 - 08:35 PM

I read through the BC tutorial for using Cobian. However, I am not clear on one thing. In regards to the 'destination',
what are the options? Do you need an external hard drive or can you back up to cd's? I would appreciate some help with this.

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