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Dave Gurtcheff

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« on: April 26, 2008, 10:19:15 PM »

Hi all:
I have two internal hard drives. I purchased a USB external drive. I'm looking for simple to use backup software; something that will only back up what is missing, and allow me to select folders and sub folders I want to back up. What are you using?
Thanks in advance.  
Dave Gurtcheff
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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2008, 10:28:06 PM »

Syncback free version
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2008, 12:13:39 AM »

I use 3 programs for backup:

SecondCopy - is perfect for what you want to do
AISBackup - also perfect, but not as tuned to automated backups throughout the day
MOZYHome - $5 per month for unlimited storage on a server(s) somewhere.

Image originals are loaded from CF card to USB disk A
SecondCopy makes backups throughout the day to USB Disk B
AISBackup makes a nightly copy to USB Disk C
MOZYHome makes a daily backup to the web.

I can grab disks A, B, C in the event of a forest fire and be gone in less than a minute.  I feel that having two different programs copying to two different disks gives me some protection against software errors as well as hardware failures.  MozyHome is th ultimate offsite backup.  It's competitor does not yet do USB
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2008, 12:23:07 AM »

Here is a very nice, easy to use program that does exactly what you want, and a lot more if you ever desire.  

http://www.techsoftpl.com/backup/index.php

http://www.outbackphoto.com/computers_and_...p_02/essay.html
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2008, 12:40:08 AM »

I use the free Syncback software.  Everyday it backs up everything on the main drive to the backup drive.  Once a week it deletes anything on the backup drive that's not on the main drive.  So if I delete something from the main drive, I have up to a week to recover it.

Mike.
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2008, 07:44:03 AM »

if you use Apple OSX
the best thing of the new Apple OSX10.5 system ( Leopard) is timemachine

It backups up incrementalt every hour- every day every week until the external disk is full. You can even search back in time for your stuff. depending on the size ogf the external disk it can save several months of data.

Before that I used Silverkeeper- http://www.lacie.com/silverkeeper/
It is a free program but more simple
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2008, 07:44:09 AM »

I couldn't tell whether you were using a Mac or Pc from your post. I am on a MAC and use a program called foldersynchronizer.  

http://www.softobe.com/products/flsy/pp.html

It is not free, but not expensive. I have been using versions of this for years.  It allows me to do what you are asking. It also allows me to exclude certain folders or file types from a backup. I never backup my "downloads" folder for instance. And I never backup my Lightroom preview files--that are very big--and can be recreated. (I do, of course, backup the critical Lightroom file.)

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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2008, 11:24:23 AM »

Thank you all for the quick replies. I use a PC with Windows XP. I will check out your suggestions.
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2008, 11:49:52 AM »

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Thank you all for the quick replies. I use a PC with Windows XP. I will check out your suggestions.
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Seeing you are on a PC may I suggest FolderClone.  I'm quite happy with it.
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« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2008, 01:54:43 PM »

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Thank you all for the quick replies. I use a PC with Windows XP. I will check out your suggestions.
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Have you looked at MS' SyncToy? It's still in Beta but quite stable.  I like it a lot.
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« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2008, 05:16:51 PM »

Not a fan of synctoy.  It synced a whole bunch of my files out of existence.  Mostly my fault but it didn't make it obvious I was making a mistake.
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« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2008, 07:00:59 PM »

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Thank you all for the quick replies. I use a PC with Windows XP. I will check out your suggestions.
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I use Clone 2.1 for PC backup, a simple little programme but very effective and quite powerful. It does what you want, when you want, it's not pretty, but I've used much nicer looking programmes and they simply aren't as good.
[a href=\"http://newtonsoftware.co.uk/clone/]http://newtonsoftware.co.uk/clone/[/url]
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« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2008, 07:17:03 PM »

I use my own customized version of Dirmatch. I use 3 different batch files, each of which calls Dirmatch about 40 times, to compare 120 total folders. With the compare view, I can easily copy the newer and missing files, but I can also override any copy since I have total control. My copy of Dirmatch also has compensation for 1-hour or 1-minute time differences due to NTFS -vs- FAT and FAT32 file systems. And did I mention total visual control? No errors with this method!
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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2008, 07:17:09 PM »

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Hi all:
I have two internal hard drives. I purchased a USB external drive. I'm looking for simple to use backup software; something that will only back up what is missing, and allow me to select folders and sub folders I want to back up. What are you using?
Thanks in advance.  
Dave Gurtcheff
Beach Haven, NJ
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I like this Program best for backup ,for BOTH Mac and PC,it came with my Seagate External Hard drive.
I bought the full program and costs 35 or so bucks.
Here's the link to the site, try the 30 day trial.Mind you I have never restored from it.THAT is the true test of such a program.Can it BACKUP and RESTORE!

[a href=\"http://www.memeo.com/autobackupstd.php]http://www.memeo.com/autobackupstd.php[/url]

Let us know if you think it works for you!
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« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2008, 03:29:39 PM »

Thanks again all for the suggestions. I downloaded the free version of Synchback. The jury is still out. I made a "profile", as they call it, for my documents, etc on my "C" drive, and another "profile" for docs, etc on my "F" drive. Both these profiles successfully backed up when used individually. The program allows you to create a "Group Profile", which I did. The group contains my "C" drive profile and my "F" drive profile. So far I have not been successful in getting the Group profile to run. I am probably doing something wrong. I like the simple interface.
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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2008, 08:54:05 PM »

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I like this Program best for backup ,for BOTH Mac and PC,it came with my Seagate External Hard drive.
I bought the full program and costs 35 or so bucks.
Here's the link to the site, try the 30 day trial.Mind you I have never restored from it.THAT is the true test of such a program.Can it BACKUP and RESTORE!

http://www.memeo.com/autobackupstd.php

Let us know if you think it works for you!
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Just wondering if you tried this link?
[a href=\"http://www.memeo.com/autobackupstd.php]http://www.memeo.com/autobackupstd.php[/url]
Or if anyone had tried the software, and what did they think of it?
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2008, 12:41:52 PM »

another vote for the syncback freeware...  I use if for backing up a specific directory.  At one time I tried to get fancy with folder syncronization and ended up loosing a whole whack of files from both drives, (fortunately recoverable).
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2008, 07:09:36 PM »

I do not believe that Syncback will do what you want, which is an incremental backup (only files that are new or changed since the last backup). According to their website, you need to buy the LE version to do that.
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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2008, 07:38:52 PM »

It will sync two directories, however, so depending on his goals it _might_ be the same thing.
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