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Which Backup Utility To Use?


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#1 TMacK

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Posted 16 June 2006 - 10:10 PM

I am considering downloading the Mozbackup Utility,now that I am using FFox & TBird. But I would still need my Windows Backup utility for all my documents etc.
Wondering if anyone else has tried this or has any advise,as even tho it sounds good,am thinking I should keep things simple and just stick with the Windows Backup Utility.
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 01:35 AM

Unless you can see an advantage, simple is better.
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 02:28 AM

I'd have to agree with acklan, I see no point in downloading something else when the in-built Windows Backup Utility is perfectly acceptable..
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 02:40 AM

I have read about users beating up MS backup, but no one really goes into why it is so bad. I find it a good meat and potatos program. No frills just the basics. In most cases that is all you need.
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Posted 17 June 2006 - 08:22 AM

Windows backup is fine for files and folders but that's the extent of it.
What Windows backup actually backs up is hard coded in the program and cannot be changed.
Some of the suff ommited are third party drivers, (example here) temp files, which may not sound like a big deal until you want to do something like an office repair and the files are no longer there. Any files not marked as readable are also skipped. There is also many documented issues with restoration as well. I'm not bashing MS, (though I have called them a few names in the past) but if you want a "complete" system backup, it ain't the way to go. :thumbsup:
Acronis is one of the better ones out there IMO.
Norton Ghost "was" good up to ver.8. After that, it went downhill.
Even Nero system backup works fine and creates bootable dvd's. Contrary to what some believe, it does backup the registry too.

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Posted 17 June 2006 - 12:34 PM

Many Thanx for the replies!
Comes down to...if it ain't broke,don't fix it,right? Guess I will stay with the Micro$oft Backup Utility as its all I really need for a home PC.Perhaps put something like Nero on my wishlist. :thumbsup:
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Posted 18 June 2006 - 02:45 PM

There is no better reason in computers than "just because". If you want to try other programs that is great. It will give you a better understanding of the process and maybe benefit you also.
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Posted 14 August 2006 - 12:12 PM

I can see that the Windows back / restore utility is good for general fixes and such but what about when you have a complete system failure what good is it then? I think that it is always a good idea to have software that can create backups that you can load up onto another computer if needed. I use PC Backup by StompSoft ( http://www.stompsoft.com/pc-backup/pc-backup.html ) to back up my files on my home network and to CD and have had the unfortunate opportunity to need these back-ups after a lighting strike. I would have been totally lost without a hard copy (CD) backup. I just think that having more than one type of backup utility is always a good thing :thumbsup:

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 08:09 AM

FWIW, I've used STOMP "Backup my PC" (may be a Roxio product now??) in the past on ME. Worked fine, but I think it used MS Backup (ME edition) to actually do the backup. Note: one limitation of MS Backup is that you CANNOT read a pre-XP MS BAckup set using XP Backup. I recently got an external HD. It came with Retrospect Express. I've used that with good results so far. I like the fact that you can create a bootable recovery CD with it. Since I have XP HE, it seems I cannot use the MS Recovery tools (i.e. Console (except Backup)) - only available in XP Pro - at least from my reading...
Some Backup tools don't seem to be able to write directly to DVDs, so I am looking into Nero Ultra 7 for this capability. Haven't figured out how to do it with Retro Express yet.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 01:05 PM

SyncbackSE and Cobian Backup are good freeware file backup programs. You can specify exactly which files to backup - and can even save time by telling them to only backup changed files.

But, you don't even need a backup utility for this - the xcopy command with the right switches can be used to backup your data from a batch file. And, you can run the batch file through Task Scheduler so that it's automated.

Here's an example of the backup file that I use for my Firefox and Thunderbird (I use the Portable versions on a thumb drive) I named the file backup.bat and created it in Notepad.:
xcopy *.* c:\usb\*.* /d /y
xcopy PortableFirefox\*.* c:\usb\PortableFirefox\*.* /d /e /y
xcopy PortableThunderbird\*.* c:\usb\PortableThunderbird\*.* /d /e /y

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 04:41 PM

Another great and interesting option usasma.

But, you don't even need a backup utility for this - the xcopy command with the right switches can be used to backup your data from a batch file. And, you can run the batch file through Task Scheduler so that it's automated.

Here's an example of the backup file that I use for my Firefox and Thunderbird (I use the Portable versions on a thumb drive) I named the file backup.bat and created it in Notepad.:

xcopy *.* c:\usb\*.* /d /y
xcopy PortableFirefox\*.* c:\usb\PortableFirefox\*.* /d /e /y
xcopy PortableThunderbird\*.* c:\usb\PortableThunderbird\*.* /d /e /y

However,it seems to me that this method would be great for use by experienced computer people, as I can't seem to wrap my head around these instructions! Not that they aren't written well,I just need it in a bit more elementary lingo...if you get my drift! :thumbsup:
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