View Full Version : Best Backup Utility

04-11-2009, 12:55 PM
Hi all,

Radio NZ have a tech program that they play sometimes with a new theme each show. Usually well worth listening to. Friday's show was about the benefits of backing up.

I have an external drive that I use for this purpose. I occasionally drag and drop important files into it just in case, but I think maybe something more than this is needed. Something automated that can work everyday would be great.

So what programs do you guys know that can sync either whole drives or selected folders. Ideally free, but I'm interested to see what you use, if you use one, and which ones you like best.

Thanks all,


Speedy Gonzales
04-11-2009, 01:07 PM
You could use this, its free (http://simplebackup.codeplex.com/). And small. 142k lol. But as it says There is no interface, no popup, no compression, just what you need to backup quickly your files and folders.

04-11-2009, 01:33 PM

04-11-2009, 01:36 PM
I use Syncback seems to work OK.


04-11-2009, 01:40 PM
Cobian, or write an xcopy script.


04-11-2009, 01:53 PM
the thing i like about toucan is that if you know the exact disk drive that the drive will use you can save set parameters so you can say copy this folder from c: to this folder on x:. Do take a look

Speedy Gonzales
04-11-2009, 01:53 PM
Here's one and its free (http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/)

04-11-2009, 04:08 PM
I have an external drive that I occasionally drag and drop important files into it just in case,

Well thats fine. Backup programs just do the same thing except it's more automated.

04-11-2009, 04:29 PM
Well thats fine. Backup programs just do the same thing except it's more automated.

That's what I'm after. Something that syncs new files as they're made on a daily basis. I just cleaned my backups out to get rid of redundant files and the transfer of 250+GB afterwards took FOREVER! I want something that runs in the background and does it all for me. Saves me forgetting and losing however many weeks of updated files.

Trying Toucan now... but it seems to be taking forever to do anything.

04-11-2009, 04:33 PM
really? Was fast when i used it last

04-11-2009, 05:09 PM
Comodo Backup- here (http://backup.comodo.com/download.html?currency=USD&region=Asia%20%26%20Pacific&country=NZ) been using it and works great. Can to full backup and incremental also. Restore option is also good. I got version 1.0.4 so not too sure what the latest version is like.

04-11-2009, 05:42 PM
Acronis for automated full backups Not free.

Syncback free does an excellent job of backing up or synchronizing your choice all done automatically as well. Only down side is it won't do auto backing up if you run your logon account with no password as some people do

04-11-2009, 07:40 PM
+1 for SyncBack. Very useful..

04-11-2009, 08:30 PM
I just use a small batch script that copies files newer than those in the destination (use xcopy /d)

Works for me :)

04-11-2009, 08:44 PM
robocopy is good for directory duplication (like one of the functions of rsync) (command line tool - you may have to download it from microsoft)

Otherwise, +1 for SyncBack

04-11-2009, 09:00 PM

04-11-2009, 09:38 PM

05-11-2009, 10:23 PM
+2 for SyncBack.