jeff_mott — 2012-04-21T16:58:21-04:00 — #1
Hi, guys. I wanted to get everyone's thoughts and opinions on what I should use for personal data backup.
Here's the background:
I had originally been backing up everything using an online service, but some time ago, my ISP instituted a monthly bandwidth cap, so this became impractical. I decided I would use the online backup for only my most irreplaceable files, and a traditional external HD for a full backup.
My problem now is: picking the software for the full backup.
- I tried Acronis TrueImage, but its backups seem fragile. Once it tries to consolidate incremental backups, or even if I just change a setting, then the backups suddenly start failing.
- I tried the built-in Windows Backup, but it doesn't recognize when files have been moved, renamed, or deleted, so the backup becomes full of duplicates, which makes restoring painful or corrupted.
- I went low-tech and tried 7-Zip, since it can synchronize archives with any updates to my files, but I couldn't control where it puts the temp archive, and I don't have the space on my OS drive for a 200GB temp file.
- Now I'm trying Microsoft's SyncToy, but it's a huge performance hog. While it's running, I can't even move the mouse without a 30 second lag time.
I'm so tired of my terrible choices, and I'm hoping people here have some solid recommendations to try.
technobear — 2012-04-21T17:27:20-04:00 — #2
The first external hard-drive I bought came with Memeo backup software, which I found really easy to configure and use. I haven't used it for a couple of years, as I no longer use Windows. You can download a free trial version from their website.
steelg — 2012-06-13T11:57:56-04:00 — #3
Try @MAX SyncUp. Cool soft.
+ low system requirements
+ recognize moved, renamed, or deleted files
+ reliable enough
I like it, but form your own opinion.
doug_g — 2012-06-13T14:32:00-04:00 — #4
I got an external Seagate usb drive that came with rebit software. I have had it on my W7 workstation for about a year now and it works OK, I've had to restore things a couple times. It's windows only though.
craiga24 — 2012-06-13T14:53:17-04:00 — #5
I use 2 methods. I backup to an external hard drive using acronis but I also use carbonite to backup online. Dont trust using just 1 method due to a bad experience lol
cpradio — 2012-06-13T14:56:00-04:00 — #6
I've been using CrashPlan, which gives you an added bonus of being able to backup offsite to friends computers as well (for free). Never had a problem and I've been using it for a few years now.
h20_man — 2012-06-15T12:38:31-04:00 — #7
Migrate to a OSX, easiest, safest and bestest...yes...I just said bestest.