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joe dotm Apr 22, 2012, 01:56pm EDT Report Abuse

A friend of mine (client as well) needs a server. He cannot afford to pay the price of the servers over here (around $1000) so I thought about the following:

1- Building a desktop PC (dual core, 4GB RAM, 2x 500GB HDD, etc..)
2- Installing a software that can do an automatic backup of HDD1 on HDD2.

Any software that does that?

P.S. He does his backup on an external HDD for the time. He needs an extra back up.


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Reason Apr 22, 2012, 08:03pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: A back up software
What do you mean by automatic? I use a program that synchronizes files, FreeFileSync, but I have to run it each time. There are others like it, and plenty of full on backup programs too.

What exactly do you need it to do?

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Meats_Of_Evil Apr 23, 2012, 01:12am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: A back up software
I think I know what you mean, an incremental backup, in where the program would detect a change in the files and backs it up each time.

In the past I used Genie backup Manager, it was easy as hell to use and did what I needed to perfectly, I think I used it back when it was the 6th version, now it seems more sophisticated. Check it out you might like it"

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joe dotm Apr 23, 2012, 03:49am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: A back up software

I meant, that I can schedule a backup let's say at the end of the day, where the software back up my files from one HDD to the other.

I'll check Genie Backup Manager as advised.

I read somewhere that Windows 7 has a backup utility that can be scheduled; i am checking it as well.

Thanx a lot

Afrow UK Apr 23, 2012, 12:07pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: A back up software
How about just using RAID 1?

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Meats_Of_Evil Apr 26, 2012, 07:06pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: A back up software
Oh, in that case the Windows 7 backup utility would suffice.

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Dr. Peaceful Apr 27, 2012, 11:52am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: A back up software
If you client really needs data redundancy, you can consider 3 levels of backups for him:

1. Concurrent backups. RAID 1 would do it for your case, like already mentioned. The benefits are: one hard drive copies (mirrors) the other one almost instantaneously; if one fails, the other one can be used to boot up the OS with all data intact. Disadvantage: if you make a mistake (say downloaded a virus), the mistake will be copied to the 2nd hard drive as well, so you need image backup below, in case you need to go back in time.

2. Scheduled data backups. Like you said you can use just Win7's backup util or others. Do this daily, for only the data and to an external drive. I would recommend to use eSATA drive, since it's a lot faster than USB 2 for large amount of data. Benefits: if the whole PC / hdds failed, you still have all the important data intact (at least up to the last time you back it up), which you can load them up using any OS / PC. Disadvantage: to keep the backup process light weight and fast, you want to only backup the data; because of this you can't restore OS using this method.

3. Image backups. Do this once per week or month, depending how concern your client with his data. You can use image software like Acronis or others. Make an entire image of the OS hard drive. Benefits: you can keep an archive of images (or incremental images), which you can go back to if needed. Disadvantage: could be time consuming to generate an image, and needs to schedule down time (can not use PC at same time) to do it.

raj malhotra Jul 16, 2014, 12:30am EDT Report Abuse
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