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by annemariegrrr / May 13, 2006 5:56 AM PDT

After my hard drive became dead i learned how important backup's can be. What is the best backup software. I need one that is easy to use and will alow you to take a full backup of your hard drive. For example if my OS won't boot i would like to be able to take my backup and boot it up.

-sai

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Acronis True Image
by rgfitz / May 13, 2006 6:21 AM PDT
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http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

I bought Acronis True Image 8.0 some time ago after reading the reviews. It is fairly straight forward and apparently does a good job...I have never had a disk fail.

I put my backups on an external Western Digital USB hard drive.

I switch the external drive to my laptop and back that up too.
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It seems good
by annemariegrrr / May 13, 2006 9:00 AM PDT
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The software seems very good. Does it make backups automatically like on start up? If it does I'll probably get this software.

-thanx sai

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Download their free trial
by rgfitz / May 13, 2006 1:40 PM PDT
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and give it a try.

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What I would use
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 13, 2006 6:26 AM PDT
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This is probably not what you want to hear, but I use this method.

* I still have my original XP installation and driver disks.
* I also have XP SP2 on a CD, (many will slipstream XP and SP2 onto a single CD which is good).
* I regularly back up to CD all of my important files, eg documents, photos, music, videos etc.
* I also back up details of my email settings, as well as my Address Book and other personal details.
* I make sure I know where my internet setup CD is and keep that, with any other instructions in a safe place.
* Every program I have downloaded and installed from the internet, I have saved the install file to a separate folder on my hard disk, and I have backed that up to CD.

If ever I needed to re-install, (and I am fortunate that I haven't so far), I will do a clean install of XP and SP2, and then make my way through my other programs one at a time.

Other people have different ideas, so I expect you will have many options to choose from.

I hope this helps.

Mark

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I have my ''backup''
by glb613 / May 13, 2006 6:47 AM PDT
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saved like Mark. In addition, I downoaded, installed and ran Belarc then printed out the results for each of my computers. I have the reports saved along with my installation CDs. It shows everything installed including software, hardware and product key numbers. I also have 2 external hard drives to provide temporary storage or a second copy until I create a CD/DVD.

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That's what i do already..
by annemariegrrr / May 13, 2006 8:48 AM PDT
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I do keep a copy of windows. I also do keep the extensions of the programs I have downloaded. Those .exe files do take up alot of space (2 GB's for me). The only problem is that it's not very fast and easy to burn discs like a backup. I keep my VERY important data on discs though.

-thanx sai

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My method too...
by Papa Echo / May 13, 2006 8:48 AM PDT
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....but I am not as fortunate. The method helped me two times in three years. I do not use "backup programs". I make copies. This allows me to "reorganize" my files and folders when putting them back to the HD

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Safe, quick, & easy backup
by tallin / May 13, 2006 10:33 AM PDT
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I am running Windows XP/SP2 with a 80GB hard drive.
I have a Seagate Barracuda 160GB Internal/removable HD. Running Nortons Ghost10 - everytime something changes it does an incremental backup. Once a month it does a full backup/clone of my entire computer. This is all set automatically. When I go away/out I remove the removable hard drive and put it is my safe. For me this works wonderfully well so I hope it helps

Good luck

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Alright
by annemariegrrr / May 14, 2006 12:22 AM PDT
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I guess what i will do is when i get my new HD from Maxtor i'll set it up and then get the free trial for Acros and see how it is.

-thanx sai

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Enterprise Class Backup Freeware - haven't tried it yet tho!
by coldsnap0 / May 18, 2006 6:41 PM PDT
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I was looking for some enterprise class backup software for implementation in my company and a mate posted me this link to some software called Indigo Backup:

www.indigoprime.co.uk

Apparently it's used accross his company and several other large (ex)government agencies - and has been for years! Speaking to my mate their business seems to be government/military. The Indigo Prime site doesn't seem to advertise anywhere though - which is odd!

Haven't tried it out yet, but it looks the business. Open file backup, encrypted & centrally controlled backup etc. It says it can also be used for personal use so it might be worth a look.

Big plus - it seems to be a freeware!

So if you're looking for a bells and whistles freeware solution, it could be a winner. If you like I'll let you know if it's any good after I wack it in my test cell on the company WAN.

However, don't know what there support will be like, so you'd have to try it and see.

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