simple backup software?

Started Oct 2, 2011 | Discussions thread
malch
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Re: simple backup software?
In reply to car363, Oct 2, 2011

You may not like this but I'll say it anyway.

First, do invest a little time learning about backup software in general and the products that you plan to use in particular. It's not a bad thing when the program forces you think about what you're trying to accomplish. I consider this a very good thing. It's not going to take 4 years of study. I do think it's worth something closer to 4 hours or 4 days of study!

Second, disk imaging is a great way to backup your system drive (operating system etc.). However, I would say that imaging is generally a poor way to backup large photo collections. Many of us prefer to use the file synchronization approach. It makes backups faster and (selective) restores much simpler.

You'll probably like the standard Windows 7 Backup for imaging and Microsoft SyncToy for file synchronization. They've been built with "simplified" user interfaces and don't require you to think really hard about what you really want to achieve. Nice eh!

What this really means is... they're basically going to guess (what you really wanted). Sometimes they'll be right and sometimes they'll be wrong. I hate this "just do it, and don't make me think about it" approach but it's an option and you are free to make your own choice.

Personally I like and recommend these two products for imaging and synchronization respectively:

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/freefilesync/

But they do make you think and what you're trying to achieve and the provide you with the level of control to do just that.

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