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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-11-2009, 03:39 AM
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Backup Utility

What are you guys using for a backup utility?

For now I've just been using SyncToy to synchronize everything from the main HDDs to the RAID disks. But I'm sure there's a better way. What do you recommend? My bro-in-law uses SyncBack SE but I'm not sure I like it.

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I use DriveImage XML to make an image of my hard drive to an external USB drive.
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I use ArcServe (it was here, already installed), writing to a 4Tb array, and I pull daily incremental (stored onsite) and weekly full tapes (stored offsite on a 2 week rotation) from that.
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I use DriveImage XML to make an image of my hard drive to an external USB drive.
I would highly suggest this. I use this to make backups of drives before I format them and has never failed.

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So looking at that, I don't see it being useful for daily/weekly backups or am I missing something. Typically for HOME use, I'll just wipe the drive and restore specific folders/files. If I'm wiping a PC, it is tyipcally not something where I want to restore the whole drive.

I suppose the OP did not specify home use specifically.

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So looking at that, I don't see it being useful for daily/weekly backups or am I missing something. Typically for HOME use, I'll just wipe the drive and restore specific folders/files. If I'm wiping a PC, it is tyipcally not something where I want to restore the whole drive.

I suppose the OP did not specify home use specifically.
I do use it for home use. I have a 500GB external USB drive. I use DriveImage to make the image to the USB drive.

Since it is making an image of the hard drive, there are no incremental backups or anything like that. I just make a new image and store it in a different folder on the USB drive. That way I have multiple images from different dates.

You can however, browse your images and restore certain files if you wish. If you need to do a complete restore, you need a boot CD that supports USB drives. BartPE is what I use.

BTW, DriveImage XML and BartPE are both free.
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My company is about to start reselling online backup for about .75/GB of storage space. Typical compression is between 3 to 1, and 5 to 1.

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I do use it for home use. I have a 500GB external USB drive. I use DriveImage to make the image to the USB drive.

Since it is making an image of the hard drive, there are no incremental backups or anything like that. I just make a new image and store it in a different folder on the USB drive. That way I have multiple images from different dates.

You can however, browse your images and restore certain files if you wish. If you need to do a complete restore, you need a boot CD that supports USB drives. BartPE is what I use.

BTW, DriveImage XML and BartPE are both free.
Am I understanding...

If I were to wipe a PC

Install new OS

Install DriveImage

I'd then be able to access specific files/folders in the image?

That's pretty cool if so.

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Am I understanding...

If I were to wipe a PC

Install new OS

Install DriveImage

I'd then be able to access specific files/folders in the image?

That's pretty cool if so.
Yes....You really don't even need to "install" driveimage perse. It is just a few files that can be copied to you USB drive or wherever.

Here is the link: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm
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Thanks everyone, and I'll certainly check out the links and names provided.
I'm using this for home use right now but it could roll into something more later.

I basically have data on 3 PCs that needs to be backed up to a RAID setup in one of those 3 PCs. I don't need to backup the entire hard drives on these PCs, just certain files. For example, 4 folders on PC2, 3 folders on PC3 and 6 folders on PC1 need to be backed up regularly to a RAID setup on PC1.
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