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Laptop backups

 
#1 Laptop backups
08/02/2010 13:20

Anon

As a consultant, I spend a lot of my time 'on the go'. I am concerned that I need to start backing up my data. I work as a freelancer and therefore do not have access to a corporate backup system.

I have started using Windows 7 backup, but it takes a VERY VERY long time to complete (as in 20 hours or so just to do an incremental backup on a 50Gb data set). This seems to be a known problem with Windows 7 backup software.

So, does anybody have any good suggestions for some fast, easy to use, and most importantly, reliable backup software? I would like to do proper incremental backups rather than just doing a straight file copy, so that I can keep an image of my system and historic copies of files in the backup.

Many thanks.

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#2 RE: Laptop backups
08/02/2010 13:31

Not Anon to Anon (#1)

Try Norton Ghost

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#3 RE: Laptop backups
08/02/2010 18:34

jj to Not Anon (#2)

I use allway synch and go. It syncs rather than backs up but only copies the changed files; and you can set up different jobs e.g. separate ones for pictures, music and documents.

The big benefit is that you can sync with more than one PC or use the portable hard drive on any pc.

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#4 RE: Laptop backups
08/02/2010 20:42

jj to Not Anon (#2)

I use allway synch and go. It syncs rather than backs up but only copies the changed files; and you can set up different jobs e.g. separate ones for pictures, music and documents.

The big benefit is that you can sync with more than one PC or use the portable hard drive on any pc.

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#5 RE: Laptop backups
09/02/2010 17:50

anon to Anon (#1)

You could have a look at http://lifehacker.com/5405041/five-best-online-backup-tools

Online backup seems to make most sense for a mobile worker, as you can run your backup whenever you have an internet connection, not just when back at your home base.

If you are on Virgin Media or BT broadband, you may already have access to free online backup (worth checking if - like me - you don't regularly look at your "current customer benefits" page).

Not all online backup systems allow for multiple historic copies, so have a look for versioning features.

We have an Iron Mountain corporate solution at work, and they have individual/home user solutions as well (http://backup.ironmountain.com/). It works quite well - you get file versioning, you can schedule your backups, and it's reliable (I've had to recover twice from failed hard disks and it worked fine both times). The only caveat is that the client software can thrash your computer when it kicks in - I wouldn't recommend if you're using a netbook as it'd probably bring work to a halt unless you scheduled it to backup overnight.

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