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Back up storage for Vista...

Morning guys!

Need some assistance(guidance).
I have Vista on my laptop, and keep all of my pictures on it. Not sure on the exact size of the files, but since I've started shooting in RAW mode on my camera, they are pretty large. My problem is I have nothing backed up, nada, zip, zero! If my computer dies, I'll loose EVERYTHING!

What is the best way to back up all of my pictures? External storage device? If so, whats the best(most reliable and easiest) brand to deal with? I'm not a computer nerd, so the easier the better. It doesn't take much for me to get confused with these things

Just looking to store my pictures, so I don't loose years worth of work with 1 single virus or power surge. Buying something local would be nice. Looking to pick up something this afternoon since I'll have the afternoon off today.

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http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0265389

Something like this would be good.

Very easy to use. Plug in the USB and click on My Computer and you should see it like you would see your C drive.

Drag and drop the files and there you go.
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The Western Digital My Books work real well

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8001583

So do the Seagate Free Agent external Hard drives....

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10575417



Preference really... I'm not a big fan of Maxtor hard drives, they have never worked that great for me but Western Digital and Seagate I believe are pretty solid.
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http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0265389

Something like this would be good.

Very easy to use. Plug in the USB and click on My Computer and you should see it like you would see your C drive.

Drag and drop the files and there you go.
Man, that looks perfect!
Anywhere to pick this up locally? I live out in Grapevine if that helps.

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Man, that looks perfect!
Anywhere to pick this up locally? I live out in Grapevine if that helps.

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Walmart carries them.
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Walmart carries them.
Cool! Thank you sir! Just found it at Best Buy also for $119. Would rather shop there than Walmart. Now that CC went out of business, gotta keep one of the home entertainment stores open.
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Cool! Thank you sir! Just found it at Best Buy also for $119. Would rather shop there than Walmart. Now that CC went out of business, gotta keep one of the home entertainment stores open.
Cool...
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Man, that looks perfect!
Anywhere to pick this up locally? I live out in Grapevine if that helps.

Thanks,
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Well there you go. Looks like WalMart has them and they are cheaper!

HAIL WAL-MART! lol
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Well there you go. Looks like WalMart has them and they are cheaper!

HAIL WAL-MART! lol

Ehh, only $5 cheaper. I'll take it to Best Buy. They price match, right?
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If I could persuade you Nick, I'd buy the HDD and enclosure separately so you can increase HDD size as your storage needs increase. Also, you can use the HDD's in different puters as needed also.

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If I could persuade you Nick, I'd buy the HDD and enclosure separately so you can increase HDD size as your storage needs increase. Also, you can use the HDD's in different puters as needed also.

Just my .02
Now you're making it complicated. I like the plug and play idea better
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Picked up that hard drive a bit ago. 24,986 pictures being transferred right now. 3 hours and 40 minutes left to go
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I do periodic backups to a Seagate FreeAgent External HD. Just plug it in via USB and move your files over.

I automated the process by creating a batch file that I just click on and it automatically copies over all my files from specified directories. Just plug in the HD and click the shortcut icon. Quick and easy.

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it was not a problem to bring money to his house at 10pm.so why is it a problem to call and bitch.it wasnt a problem when we were all sitting around smoking pot together.yes i said it we all were smoking pot together.what now stupid.
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I do periodic backups to a Seagate FreeAgent External HD. Just plug it in via USB and move your files over.

I automated the process by creating a batch file that I just click on and it automatically copies over all my files from specified directories. Just plug in the HD and click the shortcut icon. Quick and easy.

How do you do this? Can it be done on an XP machine?
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http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=666

Put a couple of terabyte drives in it

Easy backups for any computer on your network

RAID 1 for mirroring, to add another layer of...resilience. (RAID 1 is NOT a good backup to the backups)

NFS support on the beta code atm. Good stuff.

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Now you're making it complicated. I like the plug and play idea better
Dude it's FAR simpler than not wreckin someones paint.





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How do you do this? Can it be done on an XP machine?
It can be done in any Windows environment.

A batch file is just a text file containing commands to run executable(s) automatically.

Here is a copy of the batch file that I made to automatically run a series of backups from my laptop and transfer those files over my network to a Seagate FreeAgent External HD attached to my desktop. All at the simple click of a mouse.

You can remove the network command on line 3 to run this same batch file if the backup drive is physically attached to the machine you are using. Robocopy protocols will not authenticate, so you have to use the net use command to establish a connection.

I wrote this batch file below using Windows Vista Robocopy protocols, which work quite well and are similar to XCopy. You can set it up for disk mirroring or just to simply copy any new files that you've added to the source directory to the destination directory on the backup drive.

For example you can see in the first command I'm using robocopy to copy directory with timestamps, including sub folders, maximum of 3 retries, wait time in second between retries, copy downloads folder on c: drive to downloads folder on g: drive excluding any *mp3 files in the process. The rest of the lines do the same thing with different directories using various file exclusions.

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@echo off

net use g: "\\Desktop\g"

robocopy /DCOPY:T /E /R:3 /w:15 C:\Users\0wner\Downloads G:\Downloads /XF *.mp3
robocopy /DCOPY:T /E /R:3 /w:15 C:\Users\0wner\Music G:\Music /XF *.jpeg *.jpg *.gif *.mpg *.avi
robocopy /DCOPY:T /E /R:3 /w:15 C:\Users\0wner\Pictures G:\Pictures /XF *.mp3 *.wav
robocopy /DCOPY:T /E /R:3 /w:15 C:\Users\0wner\Primary G:\ /XF *.mp3

@pause
To make a simple batch file to automate your copying to a physically connected backup drive, you could write something simple like this.

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robocopy /DCOPY:T /E /R:3 /w:15 C:\Temp G:\Temp

@pause
The "G" is what ever the drive letter assignment is for your dedicated backup drive. Backing up all contents from source drive Temp folder to destination drive Temp folder. And there will be no file exclusions.

To create the batch file, open up a text editor like notepad. Put in the commands you wish to use. Save file with .bat extension. Right click on the saved .bat file and select Send to Desktop. It will put a shortcut on the desktop. You doubleclick that short cut and boom everything runs automatically, providing you made no errors. If making backups over a network, such as what I do. You will be prompted with the Administrator account name and the password for the destination machine. Then the command shell will fire off these executables automatically and that's it.

And the coolest feature of robocopy is that it will not recopy files. It will disregard all the old files on the destination drive only copying over the new files that have been added since the last backup.

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And the coolest feature of robocopy is that it will not recopy files. It will disregard all the old files on the destination drive only copying over the new files that have been added since the last backup.

Bingo....I'll try it this week.

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