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Cheap File Backup Program?

Mobile-DMobile-D Registered User regular
So a couple uncles of mine run their own business. Just today they had a bit of an incident (one of their two computers got some spyware, they nearly lost the hard-drive) and I recommended they start backing up their files on an external hard-drive. Hard-drives are easy enough to find, so that's not a problem.

I need a program to do the backing up, though. It doesn't necessarily have to be automatic, but it does have to be able to access a network drive (since I'll be setting up one hard-drive for two computers). And as always, free would be nice.

Anything out there like this?

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  • wunderbarwunderbar What Have I Done? Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    what OS are they running?

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  • Mobile-DMobile-D Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I haven't actually looked at the machines yet (and they're not very computer literate) but I'm assuming XP.

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Rsync is one of the best. Unison if you need synchronization. PartImage if you want to do disk imaging I'd say.

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  • FeldornFeldorn Mediocre Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    I'm going to bump/hijack this thread rather than make my own.

    I have an external USB HDD that I want to use to backup files from my home system. All I really want to do is back up all the files in the My Documents folder (music, docs, movies, etc) and then have a backup/sync program I can run that will check the external disk and then only copy over files that are new or modified. Do any of you have any suggestions for this?

    I've downloaded a program called Free File Sync from sourceforge and I'll try it out when I get the chance.

    Also, I know I could just as easily do this manually, but having software for it should make it easier/more efficient.

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  • SlightlyOffTrackSlightlyOffTrack Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Allway Sync

    I found this little gem of a program on The UI is nothing to write home about, but it works like a charm and has a lot of great features. I personally use it to keep files synced across my home network.

    It's free for personal use but the license does state that you're limited to copying 40,000 files in a 30 day period. I don't know if this limit is enforced in the program, as it hasn't even run close to that for me. For business use (or going over that limit) it's only $20 for the first license and $10 for each additional.

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  • travathiantravathian Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Microsoft Synctoy if you use XP, Vista or Win7

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  • exoplasmexoplasm Gainfully Employed Near Blizzard HQRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    You could make a bat file with good ol' robocopy. It can be scheduled with Windows' Scheduled Tasks applet, or just manually double-click the bat file to run the copy. It can handle only getting new files, etc.

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  • FeldornFeldorn Mediocre Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    thanks for the suggestions. I'll give these all a try once I get my computer back up and running.

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