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#1 RogerAshley

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 12:26 AM

I have three PC's all on Win7 running on a home network. I have a good PC which has been replaced, which I would like to put on the network with four hard drives, I would like to backup the data from each PC onto its own HD in the PC. I have looked at several programs to effect a real time backup system but need some advice at to which to use. (preferably a freeby as being retired money is short) If possible I would like to be able to restore each program data seperately if required, rather than have to restore all the backed up data to a certain PC as one file. Any help gratefully rec'd.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 03:26 AM

Check these links while waiting for better recommendations :
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15155
http://www.gfi.com/pages/backup-freeware.asp
http://www.fbackup.com/

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:29 AM

preferably a freeby as being retired money is short

Have you checked into the one you already have? Windows 7 Backup and Restore, all ready built into Windows 7, works, the price is right, and it takes up no extra disk space (as opposed to downloading and installing 3rd party software).

Are there faster, more advanced backup programs? Sure! But all you need is a good, basic backup and recovery program and like most of the native utilities built into Windows, that is what Windows 7 Backup and Restore is.

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#4 RogerAshley

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:09 AM

Hi Bill,
Unless I am missing something important it does nor seem that the windows 7 Backup can have a destination drive on a second PC on a network.
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:52 AM

Ummm, sure it can. My backup storage device is a networked computer. In fact, in the Set up backup window, there is a button that specifically says, "Save on a network". Of course that means your networked computers need to be running and connected so it can find them, or you need to manually enter the address.

Click the link to "Guidelines for choosing a backup destination.

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#6 RogerAshley

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:12 AM

Hi Bill,
AS a retired old git, I don't have the luxury of Win. 7 Proffesional, Ultimate or Enterprise. Just good old Home Premium which doesn't have the ability to backup to network drives.

I do however appreciate your advice.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:43 PM

My mistake. Sorry. You can still use the Backup program included in your version, you just need to manually copy the image file from your local disk to your networked computer. Otherwise, another program will be needed.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 05:14 PM

I used this software its free to uses its basically backups the hard drive into a ISO format

than it uses a restore cd to boot into Windows PE to copy the ISO to the computer. I maintain a Windowws xp hard drive this way. Its called Easeus Todo Backup free edition.
http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

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