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automatic backup???

by moooose102 / May 30, 2013 9:33 AM PDT

is there a way to set up my windows vista computer, to automatically back up files to a separate external hard drive? and if so, what kind of files could be set up to auto back up?

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Try this program
by wpgwpg / May 30, 2013 9:43 AM PDT
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Try Easeus Todo Backup Free, which you can download from http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm .
The March 2012 issue of PC World was very high on the FREE program from Easeus and so is CNET. In my experience with a variety of configurations I have to say I'm very impressed. Like Ghost it will back up to a networked drive, and it will create a boot CD for when your PC won't boot. See CNET's review of it at
http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Todo-Backup-Free/3000-2242_4-10964460.html?tag=mncol;1#editorsreview .
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CNET has a lot of backup program reviews at
http://download.cnet.com/windows/backup-software/?tag=contentBody;sideBar .

Some of these are free (last time I checked there were over 300), some have free trials (over 1000), and some are purchase only (over 200).
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External hard drives are best for backup. You can get a 500 GB one for around $60 and a 1 TB one for around $70. You can also buy a 32 GB flash drive for under $15. It's the best insurance you can ever buy!

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I hope this helps. Good luck

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Too many ways.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 31, 2013 2:14 AM PDT
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You have native methods such as the scheduler and batch files and apps like SyncBack, GoodSync and more. If you research this, a real time back usually fails for the reasons covered in prior discussions.

I've reposted to correct a typo and add why real time backup is a failure. Imagine if some virus infects a file. The real time backup notices the change and updates your backup copy with the same infected or corrupted file.

Since I find most folk don't do more than one backup or one spare copy this system falls apart too easily. It's not good enough to be called backup.
Bob

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