What is the best way to backup my hard disk?

Columba Duggan March 15, 2011
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I purchased a remote USB 500 TG hard disk to back up my files. I run Windows XP SP3 on a desktop PC.

I noticed that all the programs that I have reviewed backup my files with a pro-priority format (e.g. PBD). I want to backup daily (and incrementally), but to be able to bring the external hard drive with me if I was going on a job with my laptop (Windows Vista) and be able to access files on my USB hard drive. I don’t want to run RAID 1.

Do you know of any program that would help me?

  1. Adam B
    March 23, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I would recommend easus todo backup.

    so far as i know that todo backup offers schedule backup, and incremental backup, it also support USB hard drive. so u can check it.

    and it's free for home users.

    schedule backup: http://www.todo-backup.com/backup-resource/free-automatic-backup-software.htm

    incremental backup: http://www.todo-backup.com/backup-resource/free-incremental-file-backup-software.htm

  2. Kinggeorgeman
    March 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    If you only have one hard disk, you should invest in a USB hard disk that you can plug in and use to store your backups. It's best to dedicate that drive for backups, so that your backup files don't accidentally get deleted, corrupted or infected. That is, plug in the USB drive only when you make a backup or when you have to restore from that backup. Unplug the drive when you are using the computer normally.

  3. Columba Duggan
    March 16, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Thank you all for your comments and help. I didn't realise that there was so much stuff available to do what I wanted. It all looks very suitable for what I had in mind.
    Thanks again for your help

  4. FIDELIS
    March 16, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Hello, you could use the native windows backup utility. If you are running Xp pro it should already be installed on the system tools folder. If you are running XP home edition, it is not installed by default but you can download it, or if you have the cd installation disk, explore it and find the addons folder. There should be an executable file there for you to install.

    This is a link for how to use the Backup utility:
    http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/xpbackup.htm

    This is a link for downloading the Backup utility for XP. On the list provided look for the ntbackup.msi file and click to download:
    http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software/

  5. Mike
    March 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I think pretty much all tools out there are able to backup without using a proprietary format. Some of them call it cloning but still offer the ability to do it incremental or other ways. The most important thing is not to select encryption because this is not supported without using a proprietary format. As for compression some of them allow you to use Zip, 7zip, Gzip or other formats.

    FBackup
    http://www.fbackup.com

    Toucan (can Zip/7zip compress your backups)
    http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/toucan

    PROSOFT Data Backup
    http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_backup_pc.php

    I'm not sure if the following two can backup in native format but they are worth checking out:

    Macrium Reflect
    http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp

    EASUS Todo Backup Home
    http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

    • Columba Duggan
      March 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you ha14 for your quick response. I will try them out and let you know how i get on.

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