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Ron24
09-05-2006, 12:08 PM
After some years without a backup programme, have now convinced myself that I need one.Looking for advice on the most simple system to use and preferrably free.

Using XP2 plenty of Ram.......Ron.. :thumbs:

CYaBro
09-05-2006, 12:24 PM
What are you planning on backing up to? CD, DVD, External HDD, USB Drive etc etc

stu161204
09-05-2006, 12:49 PM
Use the one thatís built in to windows :) ;), its free & it does a good job!

Greg
09-05-2006, 12:51 PM
Use the one thatís built in to windows ... it does a good job!Have you proved that? It's what I use, but never having had to restore from a backup I still wonder how effective/reliable it'll be!

stu161204
09-05-2006, 01:10 PM
Have you proved that? It's what I use, but never having had to restore from a backup I still wonder how effective/reliable it'll be!

As I have restore a few files etc.. from a windows backup.

Greg
09-05-2006, 01:26 PM
What I should really do is set up a test machine here and actually do a backup and restore, to see how it works.

FoxyMX
09-05-2006, 03:13 PM
What worries me regarding using Windows backup is that it may only work on the version of Windows that the backup was made.

A few people have posted here asking how to restore backups made on Windows 95 or 98 or whatever and weren't able to as they were using a newer version of Windows.

I far prefer to just make straight copies to another hard drive, CDs or DVDs than muck about with the Windows backup. If the files need to be compressed to save space then zip them up with WinRar or whatever.

Ron24
09-05-2006, 04:24 PM
What are you planning on backing up to? CD, DVD, External HDD, USB Drive etc etc

Have DVD and external HDD. The external HDD is only 18 GBs and I have over 20 to backup.

Does the Windows programme shrink the files up?

Thanks to all who have replied to this ancient bloke, greatly appreciated.

Ron.. :thumbs:

stu161204
09-05-2006, 04:38 PM
Does the Windows programme shrink the files up?

Donít know :blush: :o have not figured that out yet.

CYaBro
09-05-2006, 04:58 PM
Does the Windows programme shrink the files up?

Pretty sure it will only compress (shrink) the backup file if you are backing up to a tape drive and then the tape drive must support compression.