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So my dad is looking for something that can backup his files. He seems pretty specific in what he wants, but I said I would try and find something for him.

What he wants is something that would just copy over any new files to a backup location (external hard drive, networked computer, etc.). He doesn't want something that would create backup images and would require a restore of some sort, just something that would allow him to copy-paste the files back if he needed. Also, something that would just copy over any new files rather than an entire folder, since that would be rather unnecessary.

And it wouldn't need to be constantly running. Something that would run once a night or something would work.

He's using XP, so no built-in backup/restore like 7.

Anyone know of any software that can do any/all of that? Thanks.
Edited by kurt1288 - 5/10/11 at 12:49pm
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Why not just use windows 7 bilt-in backup and restore?

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/...-in-windows-7/
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Originally Posted by FREELINE57 View Post
Why not just use windows 7 bilt-in backup and restore?

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/...-in-windows-7/
I should have mentioned, my dad is (still) using Windows XP.
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Maybe try this
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You could try Acronis True Image. It's not free, but it does what you want.
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I'll have to look at both of those when I get home.

Question about both of those programs. When they run the backup, will they only backup new files/folders, or will they just do a complete new backup?

Does Acronis just "copy" files to a new location or does it create an image of them at another location?
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If he doesn't mind manually hitting the backup button. Sync Toy is a free microsoft product that works great for backing up only files that are changed. We have some users here at work that use this as they want to keep control of their backups. I also use this when saving/restoring files for users that i have to restage their PC or we swap their computers.

If he wants to have it automated Alwaysync is a good program that has more granular control of the backup process but does the same thing as Sync Toy. I have used this when deactivating our old NetApp network storage and had to migrate all information over to a new NAS. I currently use it on my desktop PC to copy to my external at work.

Both these programs only copy files/folders that are new or changed. There is no restoring from an image. If you need the file you go into the external drive and browse to the file and pull it out. You can also synch in either direction (pc to external, external to pc, or both ways)
Edited by Aawa - 5/11/11 at 1:58pm
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Most backup softwares offer an Incremental Backup, which only makes a copy of the modfied files. However, the best use of an incremental backup is to have a full system image first, and then incremental updates after that.

Acronis makes images of systems, though I'm not sure if there are other options in their backup software.

If you're just wanting copies of files, and not a way to restore the system, you could look into something like rsync from linux. Robocopy has the same features for Windows I think.
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