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#1 Keith1

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 08:04 PM

I use windows xp home. I want to totally backup my system just to be safe. i checked windows backup info which says to insert the windows disc - which i don't have. i know this info is probably vague - so let me know what info you need to solve my problem. thanks - Keith

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 09:31 PM

Keith1: To use the XP Backup utility, you will need the CD if you are using XP Home Edition.

This article does a good job explaining the entire process - Windows XP Backup Made Easy

Personally, I use Ghost to copy an image of my computer to a portable Hard drive.
Ghost is a commercial product, so you may want to try one of the free alternates such as Digital Dolly.
I have never used Digital Dolly, but many other members have and highly recommended it.

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Edited by Joshuacat, 30 November 2005 - 09:32 PM.

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 09:52 PM

Digtal Dolly has a disk image and copy utility but they are manual and do not preform an automatic back up. DD boot from a cd so it can't be automatic.
With that said DD is, in my opinion, a must utility for all is features.
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Posted 30 November 2005 - 10:13 PM

Thanks for the replies - i don't have the disc..so i'll look into the digitaldolly program. Keith

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Posted 30 November 2005 - 10:27 PM

I found this and it looks promising but I have not used it.

http://www.calvar.com/freeware.html
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Posted 01 December 2005 - 03:46 AM

DriveImage XML

Lexun Backup Solution

These 2 products are also free.

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 06:41 AM

SyncBack

SyncBack is our multi-award winning freeware program that helps you easily backup and synchronise your files to: the same drive; a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc); an FTP server; a Network; or a Zip archive.

SyncBack was first released in November 2003 and quickly established itself as the finest freeware backup program available.

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Posted 01 December 2005 - 05:21 PM

Thank you for the replies - there is alot of information to digest so after i check it all out i'll decide which one to use and post back the results. Keith

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 12:43 PM

Just my 2, but a comprehensive backup solution is needed. There's lot's of discussion about this on the web (and most of it is more than you need). But, I'll talk about it anyway (feel free to fall asleep during the lecture! :0)

1) Ordinary backups - There are several reasons for backing up your stuff. The most obvious is to save your stuff (data, files, etc). To do that, you'll need a piece of software to do this.

The software that comes with Microsoft is fine for this purpose (although I don't use it because of accessibility problems). That way you can restore your backup set when you need to.

I prefer software that will backup my important stuff in a format that I can easily get at. Since the amount of data isn't very large (a couple of gB at most) I use SyncBack SE to copy the files to another disk on a daily basis. The benefit here is that I've got immediate access to all of my files, and the software does the backup automatically so I don't have to worry about it

2) Registry backup - this can be done either using Regedit.exe, or by using a free software tool like ERUNT. Combine ERUNT with the use of Windows' Task Scheduler and you can have multiple versions of your registry backed up for emergency use.

3) System Restore - a nice tool (but I don't use it) - and, given a little bit of knowledge, you can customize it to backup whatever you need it to. The drawback, in my opinion, is that it sometimes fails - leaving you without your system backup

4) Disk Images - a very nice thing that copies your entire hard drive along with how it's setup. With this, you can restore the image to your hard drive and be back up and running within 20 minutes - even after a complete crash of the software (doesn't fix hardware crashes). The drawback here is size - the images are very large, so you can't afford to save too many copies of it. I make an image once I've finished installing all my essential applications and save that one - then I update a second one every week for changes that I've made since the last image.

5) Data Surety - the methods above will fix most any software problem that you'll encounter (and will enable you to recover from hardware failures more easily).

But, what do you do if the building floods? Or if it burns down? Or if there's an earthquake that swallows your computer whole?

That's where some of the other solutions come in.

a) The first is off-site backups. This ensures that if the building that holds your computer is wiped off the map - your data will still be saved in another place. I use pcAnywhere to copy the data from my wife's office to our home computers for this method. That way, if her office is destroyed, we've still got the data to start over with.

b ) Since we live on the coast, we've also got to consider regional disasters (like hurricanes, tsunami's, mass flooding, earthquakes, etc). Now, it's not a real big threat here in CT, but could be in LA, or Los Angeles, CA. This calls for an out-of-region backup solution - in my case, I would have to arrange for a place to do this out of the region in case of my entire area being flattened.

c) And it can go on and on - to cope with National disasters, disasters in our section of the globe (hemispheric disasters), even global disasters - but most of this is beyond our needs. Yet, there are still solutions available for this.

FWIW - I'm going to use this post as another of my "tips" please feel free to contribute other ideas/viewpoints on backup strategies to it :thumbsup:

Edited by usasma, 02 December 2005 - 12:46 PM.

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Posted 02 December 2005 - 03:27 PM

If you are going to spend money on a second driver dedicated to back, look into a one touch NAS. It connects via ethernet and has one button on top. You touch the button and it's off and running. It backup the entire drive it is assigned to. You could also do this with an old computer and backup freeware. An old P-I would work fine. You would not need a keyboard, monitor, or mouse. Use VNC to control the remote computer. Tuck it in a corner and forget it.
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Posted 02 December 2005 - 05:59 PM

Wow! - so much great info here. thank you all very much - Keith

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 08:22 PM

Has anyone used VCOM Autosave? I hear that's a pretty goog choice for cheap software.

I've been thinking of buying it and wondered if anyon'e tried it?

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Posted 03 December 2005 - 08:26 PM

From a quick look at their website - it does what SyncBack SE does for free. Others that I know like the free Cobian Backup.

Also, you can buy a copy of the SyncBack SE shareware that will even backup files that are "locked" and can't be copied.
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Posted 03 December 2005 - 09:03 PM

I second brother usasma"s motion. Try the freeware first. You can always pay later.
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