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    Backup Sync software recommendation.

    Hi fellow phorumites,

    I just got an external HDD to back up my photos & files. Can anyone recomend a decent sync(ing) software (prefably freeware) to assist ing the backp process?

    Thanks in advance.
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    I'm not really sure with Windows. There's a number that use rsync which is pretty versatile as to how you're going to use it at the command line, for example deleting files at one location that no longer exist at the other (or not), copying only new files or files that have changed and in the case of large files copying only the changed part of the file, excluding some files or entire folders, and it washes your car too. I've only used it in windows as a command line tool as part of a set of tools ported from Linux.
    This one, that I haven't used, has a GUI http://www.aboutmyip.com/AboutMyXApp/DeltaCopy.jsp
    I don't know how feature rich it is or if its going to be cooperative for copying within the computer's filesystem as rsync does do that but is made more for network use. A GUI usually implies features of the command line tool that have not been included.
    There's a command line version of rsync here, if you want to use just that, which is much easier than it sounds once you get used to it or better if you just want to make a .bat file with the options you're going to run and then forget about what they are http://www.itefix.no/i2/node/10650
    Here's another GUI http://www.rsync.net/resources/howto...kup_agent.html

    The above is best for (in my opinion and unless something has changed in Vista and 7) for something like backing up your users folder and all of its content and backing up the entire OS with drivers, programs, etc would best be done using something else, probably already a tool that is part of the OS.
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    I use FreeFileSync http://sourceforge.net/projects/freefilesync/ It's updated frequently and compared to where it started, is becoming a real alternative to the bloated, expensive rubbish that is out there.
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    Thanks StrawHat. I check it out.
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    Why not just use Sync Toy -- free from Microsoft (http://tinyurl.com/2bqt6yj). Couple it with the built-in Scheduled Tasks (Programs/Accessories/System tools) and you have a free, robust back-up solution.

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    Thanks Custos.

    I also was recommended Syncback http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html (freeware version about 1/2 way down.) I'll give that a try as well.
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