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chocolate2006
17-08-2007, 09:06 PM
Can anyone recommend a reliable FREE backup software application. I'm just wanting to backup my data and system to an external HD.

Cheers

bob_doe_nz
17-08-2007, 09:20 PM
If you have a DVD writer and Nero Burning Rom handy, you can just select your files individually or en mass and burn them onto a DVD. Make sure you use a decent brand of DVD media.

Also if you want to make a complete image of the hard drive, you could try Seagate DiscWizard (http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/)

stu161204
17-08-2007, 09:20 PM
There is already backup software built in to Windows, its called "Backup" or Microsoft Backup

You can find it in Accessories\System Tools (If you have Win XP Pro, if you have Win XP Home, then you will have install it via the windows cd) (Not too sure about Vista, sorry :o )

I use it all the time to backup my data & I find it reliable & does the job.

chocolate2006
17-08-2007, 09:32 PM
I could spend the entire weekend searching for that Windows CD and still not find it - such is the state of my storeing system/memory. I'll give the seagate link a whirl. Cheers

wainuitech
17-08-2007, 09:36 PM
Synctoy (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/prophoto/synctoy.mspx) Does a good job of folders and data, but never tried it with a whole OS.
The problems with some backups is you cant actually read them without restoring the whole backup, not much point if its only 1 document / folder you are after.

johnd
17-08-2007, 09:50 PM
Could just use WinZip?

decibel
17-08-2007, 10:00 PM
SyncBack from http://www.freewarefiles.com/program_9_165_9003.html

stu161204
17-08-2007, 10:25 PM
Could just use WinZip?

not a good programs if you have a LOT of data to backup ;)


I could spend the entire weekend searching for that Windows CD and still not find it - such is the state of my storeing system/memory. I'll give the seagate link a whirl. Cheers

I guess you have Win XP Home?