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Anyone know of a backup software to do exact plain file backup


erkmatrix

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I currently have all my files on an internal drive 1TB and I want to be able to backup all the files weekly but not an image of the drive a copy of it so on the destination drive everything is openable and just the same as the original using the same amount of space.

I used to have Jam Smart backup but for some reason it stopped working on my Windows 7 machine, maybe because it a bit out of date these days.

Does anyone know if such a backup software exists like this, all they seem to go on about is making an image, but for some reason I don't trust this sort of backup as you cannot see if it actually has worked and made a backup of the files you wanted.

cheers, love it someone could help.

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onthelimit1

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To start simple, have you looked at W7's own file backup programme?

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erkmatrix

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Hi yeah I tried this an it took ages then found out the backuped files where all in zip files so couldn't find anything. I want to for example be able to go into my backup drive and see that the word file created yesterday then I backup and it backups all my recent files since the last backup and then I can clearly see this word file has been made a copy of and backuped.

That's what the Jam smart backup used to allow me to do and I liked it for that, with these zip file backups, I'm paranoid that it hasn't actually got a copy of my newly updated files cause I cannot see them in an actual directory with the same filenames and everything.

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onthelimit1

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Well I've used it to restore files before now, and they've always reappeared!

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Forum Editor

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Take a look at Allway Sync

It will do exactly what you're looking for, and it's very reliable. I've used it myself for some time now, and I'm happy with it.

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erkmatrix

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Thanks very much Forum Editor I will take a look at Allway Sync. I did also find Fbackup which also looks like it might be what I'm after. I unsure if I want the external drive turned on all the time using more electricity when I was only going to backup really weekly, I'll have a think, I don't suppose they use all that amount of lecky.

Cheers anyway for the reply.

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iscanut2

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I use Microsoft Synch Toy which is very simple but good. Have a look here... http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=15155

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erkmatrix

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Thanks very much too iscanut2 for the reply I shall look into this one too.

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Jim71

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for more options when backing up your files, check out backupchain I use it for all kinds of file copies on a schedule with compression

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