What is a good backup utility?

Started Feb 24, 2008 | Discussions thread
OP Ben_Egbert Forum Pro • Posts: 20,228
Re: What is a good backup utility?

tigger wrote:

Ben_Egbert wrote:

Is the built in Vista back-up utility any good?

It is a decent backup utility, but doesn't meet your requirements. It
doesn an incremental backup and puts the contents into a not so easy
to browse structure of zip files. So if you want to browse the
contents of your backup hd, then you should look elsewhere.

Well that kills it right there. My new Dell came with Norton Save and retsore. When I tried to look at the back-ups, they were all in Nortonease, so I uninstalled it and deleted the back-ups.

Also, Vista backup will want to backup your whole hdd, you only get
the option in the GUI to select which filetypes to backup, which also
isn't very granular.

Another nail in its coffin.

There are some registry entries to define some folders that it will
NOT backup, so really not easy to setup if you want to backup just a
few folders.

Where Vista backup shines in my opinion is the possibility to right
click on a file on your hd, click "Previous versions" and open any
previous version that was backed up earlier.

I almost never want to do that.

Fact is, I save raw images but not processed ones. Any image that was processed more than a month ago is history because my processing changes so much. I sometimes save print ready images, but they are few. I also save web size jpgs, but thats small potatoes.

The rest of my stuff, like spreadsheets and letters would fit on one CD.

When you use Vista to back-up a file to DVD, does it also compress it? If so, I have no use for it.

I use Roxio for disk burning, its ok, but just ok.

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