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    Best Backup software

    I am looking into a backup program for my files / drives. Anyone knows of any decent freeware options?

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    Re: Best Backup software

    Funnily enough I have just been doing a search myself, after a few recomendations I have ended up running cobian backup
    http://www.cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm

    does all the network backup and scheduling I need. The recomendation came from some members of the netgear NAS forums, people were asking about a replacement for nti shadow, the free versions bundled with readynas was mucking about with win7

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    Re: Best Backup software

    NTI Shadow made me want to throw the entire NAS off a cliff.

    Grrrrrr!

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    Re: Best Backup software

    Quote Originally Posted by Flibb View Post
    Funnily enough I have just been doing a search myself, after a few recomendations I have ended up running cobian backup
    http://www.cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm

    does all the network backup and scheduling I need. The recomendation came from some members of the netgear NAS forums, people were asking about a replacement for nti shadow, the free versions bundled with readynas was mucking about with win7
    Cheers Flibb, looks just what I need

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    Re: Best Backup software

    I've heard good things about Cobian but, never tried it myself.

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    Re: Best Backup software

    whats wrong with the windows backup tool ?

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    Re: Best Backup software

    +1 for Cobian, the best backup software I know of and it's free. A big problem with the Windows one (for me at least) is it's crippled on HP so doesn't do network backups. I also recommend FreeFileSync as a great mirroring program, should you prefer that over a backup program for some applications, download drives for example.

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    Re: Best Backup software

    Quote Originally Posted by GoNz0 View Post
    whats wrong with the windows backup tool ?
    There are two issues that I know of - the system partition can't be backed up to a different partition on the same hard drive, and you need Pro or Ultimate to be able to backup across a network. Other than that it works quite well, especially as a file backup rather than a system image backup.

    However at least you can create a system image with it, which you can't with Cobian.
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    Re: Best Backup software

    ahh, i backup over the network using ultimate

    always found it to be quite good

    reminds me the nas was off sunday so it failed to backup!

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    Re: Best Backup software

    Robocopy/imagex - sorted

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    Re: Best Backup software

    If your looking for a disk imaging tool - i.e. something that will backup your entire HD to another drive as an exact image, Acronis is pretty good and you can use it for free if you have a WD drive, via their site.

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    Re: Best Backup software

    dont forget windows backup (if you have it on your version) also does a system drive image

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    Re: Best Backup software

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    There are two issues that I know of - the system partition can't be backed up to a different partition on the same hard drive
    Not an issue with Windows 7 (any version from HP upwards). I set all the laptops I do for people to backup to another partition.

    Far from ideal, but some protection from corruption or other software glitches.

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    Re: Best Backup software

    I use Karen's Replicator for file backups for years and never had an issue.

    for imaging I use image for windows.

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    Re: Best Backup software

    I use acronis too, but it's not free without a WD drive...

    did anyone manage to restore a system drive with windows backup over the network /successfully/?

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    Re: Best Backup software

    Quote Originally Posted by this_is_gav View Post
    Not an issue with Windows 7 (any version from HP upwards). I set all the laptops I do for people to backup to another partition.

    Far from ideal, but some protection from corruption or other software glitches.
    Really? It wouldn't let me on win 7 pro

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