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stingerhs
07-17-2007, 03:58 PM
ok, i've been looking around for a good data backup tool that will create a full system backup and keep it updated automatically. also, i would prefer if it could backup on either on a DVD or a separate hard drive. at work, we use Norton Ghost, but i was wondering what everyone else around here uses.

i'm willing to spend some money on a good app, but don't post something that costs more than $75 USD.

thanks. :)

tk102
07-17-2007, 06:19 PM
I have used Ghost at work also and I confess I have not backed up my home PC ever, probably because I've never had a hard drive fail to teach me that lesson. :o (*knocks on wood*)

Disclaimer: I haven't used these personally. I just started realizing that I could use a good backup utility too and I didn't like using Ghost very much. :)

Here's a shareware solution that you can trial ($49.95 to buy):
NovaBackup (http://www.novastor.com/pcbackup/backup/n_backup.html)

Some reviews make it sound like a good choice. And it appears to work well with optical media if that's what you're looking for.
review 1 (http://www.backup-software-reviews.com/review-novabackup.htm)
review 2 (http://www.tucows.com/solutions_detail.html?article_id=1346)

Interestingly, there is also a freeware solution that looks promising:
XXCLONE (http://www.xxclone.com/)

One drawback to this one I believe is that it looks like the backup disk has to be a local volume, not a network drive.

XXClone Forum (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fgroups.google.com%2Fgroup%2Fxxclo ne&ei=CD-dRqr4Bqe8gAKs15WPCw&usg=AFQjCNFWlHvx7HHRUiXIAJY17TLW2eDvFQ&sig2=vARxwgAn2mOVXeiqkjeFJw)


HTH!

Ray Jones
07-19-2007, 08:45 AM
Try bacula (http://www.bacula.org).

"It comes by night and sucks the vital essence from your computers." :evil1:


However, it is free, multi platform, and can do pretty much anything one might want. I use it at home, we use it at work, and some customers as well. :)

stingerhs
07-19-2007, 02:52 PM
thanks for the tips, guys.

unfortunately, i can't use them right away as i'm in the middle of moving, but i'll look them up whenever i'm done.

but, anyways, thanks a bunch. :)

Astrotoy7
07-21-2007, 02:43 AM
WTF.... no one mentioned Acronis True Image (http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/).... it's simply the best.

The above linky should get you to the product page which has a link to a free 15 day trial :)

There are home versions for windows, and also linux version. Ive used the home edition for all my windows backups for the last 3 years...flawless... including all the incremental scheduled backups. Which is what I *cannot* say for Norton Ghost(now called Save & restore)

Everyone I know who uses TrueImage swears by it 100% !! Including me :) Add to the fact theyre used by the likes of HP and IBM, are multi award winning - you cant go wrong !

Also, just to mention whilst Im here, the Acronis Disk Director proggie is the best partition manager app you'll ever use...if youre looking for such a program, give the free trial a go.

mtfbwya