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Hello. I have a laptop with 500GB hard drive that I would like to start backing up to an external 1TB USB hard drive. I would prefer either something with incremental backup support or some kind of directory synchronization utility like the unix rsync, ideally free.
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Acronis is really good, but it costs money
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Built in Windows Backup no good to you?
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I use SyncBack to sync my folders to an external drive, free too.
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Acronis, worth the money, unless you think your data is not. No such thing as a free lunch.
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StorageCraft ShadowProtect is also a fantastic option. Scheduled incremental (and compressed) backups. Easy boot disc recovery.

Read this on the (probably biased) ShadowProtect forums regarding Acronis vs ShadowProtect

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ShadowProtect is designed as a backup application, rather than a simple disk clone tool. Most people do not backup their work and only come to realise what they've lost when it is too late. If you have valuable data on your PC, you're going to want to do frequent backups. One of the strengths of SP, is that it reliably performs fast backups.

With any backup software, the critical thing is NOT the backup, it is the restore. Most people do not test this until they have a problem.....only to realise the 5 years of backups are useless, because the software won't perform a restore. Again, this is where ShadowProtect is better than Acronis. It not only has better driver support in the bootable recovery CD, but it also allows you to load new drivers as needed. The Acronis recovery CD is infamous for not detecting HDs, CDROM, network devices etc. And if it doesn't detect the HDD then you have to beg them to make a new CD for you with the correct driver. Not good.

Edited by Xyxyll - 3/26/11 at 11:16am
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Hello. I have a laptop with 500GB hard drive that I would like to start backing up to an external 1TB USB hard drive. I would prefer either something with incremental backup support or some kind of directory synchronization utility like the unix rsync, ideally free.
What os? If 7 then windows backup is ok

Acronis is free if you have a WD hard drive , or have one you can hookup externaly
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The OS is Windows 7. Thanks for Windows backup suggestions. I will try it first, then the other programs mentioned here.
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What os? If 7 then windows backup is ok

Acronis is free if you have a WD hard drive , or have one you can hookup externaly
I will check it out. By the way, my USB hard drive is a new WD Elements hard drive. It didn't come with any software as far as I can tell.
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so what's the result??
Well, I haven't hard time to play with it yet. On the surface, Windows 7 backup does not seem to have support for incremental backup, but I'll try it anyways to see how it goes..
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