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What backup software do you people use?

I'm thinking the sort that takes the timestamps of any new files and backs them up to one or more alternative drives.

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Actually don't bother with software, just have two USB drives and do a full backup to one each month, alternating between drives. I have a lot of data and it takes about 15hrs - so I leave it to run overnight. The trick is to be organised - have one top level directory and keep all data in sub directories under it. Drag'n'drop one directory - job done.

Automatic incremental backup software would mean having the usb drive online all the time - I prefer it to be offline and locked away in a safe.

Absolutely critical data - the stuff just could never be recreated - gets copied to DVD every so often and stored at work, There is nothing confidential - all holiday photo's etc... that I would be gutted to loose.

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No software for me. Just two external drives - one of which is stored "off site" between backups and the self discipline to back up regularly. I also keep a bootable clone of my boot drive.

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What backup software do you people use?

I'm thinking the sort that takes the timestamps of any new files and backs them up to one or more alternative drives.

For years I used "Beyond Compare" which only backs up the files you have changed or new files since the last back-up so very quick and can be run every day as you leave the office. Worked well - you can back up to a separate partition, internal or external HDD. Cost was about $50 or so.

Since then I found a freeware version of the same sort of software called allwaysync http://allwaysync.com so use that now. Does the same job but free.

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I don't use a separate backup software, instead I make redundant copies an everyday practice, it's second nature for me.

I tag most documents with the date when I make a change, e.g. CV-2011-10-06.doc, to gives me multiple local copies. I use the ISO format date which keeps them in date order, even when I move them to a new drive.

I sync important documents between my laptop and desktop, mainly for convenience but it also has the automatic benefit of a creating current working backup copies. I also keep copies on Google documents in case of disaster, which means I can access them from another computer if necessary. In the past I would email them as attachments to a Google Gmail account.

I create a local backup onto a flash drive for work files and have an external HD for large files like video, to is mainly to act as a backup in case of mishap such as a local HD failure.

I create off-site backup of all family photos by regularly sending copies on DVD to parents and siblings, and also have a backup of the choice photos on Google Picasa.

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I have been using Mozy for some time. Its an online backup service with a whole lot more.

http://mozy.co.uk/home/

It constantly backs up your selected files to the internet but can also back them up locally if you wish.

It means that I no longer have to remember to back anything up.

It has an Iphone App that allows me to look at my data using my iphone and email files.

Its free to back up up to 2 Gigabyte of data so I used this to trial it. Having proved itself I then used the 50 Gigabyte service at about £60 per annum and back up all my Itunes libaray etc.

There are a lot of similar services but I chose Mozy because it can backup Microsoft Outlook which I use for my contacts, diaries, emails etc. It can do this even when you are using the file.

Worth using there 2 Gigabyte free trial. For some, 2 Gigabyte might be enough.

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I have been using Mozy for some time. Its an online backup service with a whole lot more.

http://mozy.co.uk/home/

It constantly backs up your selected files to the internet but can also back them up locally if you wish.

It means that I no longer have to remember to back anything up.

It has an Iphone App that allows me to look at my data using my iphone and email files.

Its free to back up up to 2 Gigabyte of data so I used this to trial it. Having proved itself I then used the 50 Gigabyte service at about £60 per annum and back up all my Itunes libaray etc.

There are a lot of similar services but I chose Mozy because it can backup Microsoft Outlook which I use for my contacts, diaries, emails etc. It can do this even when you are using the file.

Worth using there 2 Gigabyte free trial. For some, 2 Gigabyte might be enough.

Not sure how they would view someone backing up their porn!

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I keep a regular clone of my OS disk and programmes so if the disk dies I can swap out and be operational very quickly. That will have the data on the clone at that point. However for incremental I use robocoy it’s a command line tool and it’s free as part of the windows OS this allows you to do clean like for like copies and restores. It may not have all the fancy windows that these other tools do but most of them require the software to be reinstalled to recover/restore your data. However it does offer most of the functionality that these packages do. So if you were to do a one time data backup, then every other time it would only backup the files that had been changed. Hence saving you potentially hours of backup time.

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Well I never! a post made it through premod.

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Well I never! a post made it through premod.

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I just use -- day to day use - - Windows Backup itself :o

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External hard drives and DVD copies for me without using any software, like a few others above.

I wouldn't underestimate the importance of having copies physically away from where your computer is e.g. online back up or a DVD at another location.

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Not sure how they would view someone backing up their porn!

I don't back up my porn. It's the only folder excluded.

I'd be sad to lose it, but if worst came to worst, most of it is on Youporn/Redtube/Pornhub/Empflix anyway.

I do an incremental backup with Apple's Time Machine (am on a Mac) to an external drive, but recently I've been wondering about other additional backup options. In the event my computer and backup drive were stolen, for example, all I'd have left would be my music (as it's all on my iPhone).

I've considered making an entire clone of my system and asking a mate if I can keep it at his house, but that seems insecure in itself (and a lot of hassle).

I can't afford to spend more at the moment, but when I can, I might sign up for something where I can back up everything online. Anyone got any good experiences with backing up 300gb online?

I use Sugarsync at the moment (works much like Dropbox, except you can pick which folders to sync) but it's sometimes a bit slow, and I struggle with which bit to back up on these a-few-gb sized accounts.

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I don't back up my porn. It's the only folder excluded.

I'd be sad to lose it, but if worst came to worst, most of it is on Youporn/Redtube/Pornhub/Empflix anyway.

I do an incremental backup with Apple's Time Machine (am on a Mac) to an external drive, but recently I've been wondering about other additional backup options. In the event my computer and backup drive were stolen, for example, all I'd have left would be my music (as it's all on my iPhone).

I've considered making an entire clone of my system and asking a mate if I can keep it at his house, but that seems insecure in itself (and a lot of hassle).

I can't afford to spend more at the moment, but when I can, I might sign up for something where I can back up everything online. Anyone got any good experiences with backing up 300gb online?

I use Sugarsync at the moment (works much like Dropbox, except you can pick which folders to sync) but it's sometimes a bit slow, and I struggle with which bit to back up on these a-few-gb sized accounts.

I thought most online backup services offered a limit much less than 300GB...

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