Cheap backup software with open file option?

Howdy folks, this should be a simple one. Looking for a cheap ($50?) backup application that has an open file option. Is this realistic? What's out there? Looking for personal experience and recommendations, please.

Thanks in advance,

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DVation191Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Well, Second Copy has an "Advanced Option" that states, "Try to Copy Files in Use by Other Applications".

You run the risk of corruption when backing up a file in use. But if you really want a commercial product designed for such a purpose, $50 is not enough.
Check out these commercial solutions for backing up open files:

Open File Manager 9.3 Workstation

BrightStor ARCserve Backup Client Agent for Windows

DoubleImage-O ( only $79 )


Veritas Backup Exec has an "Open file option" addon

The ability to backup up an open (locked) file is largely dependent upon your operating system, and to some degree, the application using the file.

I swear by this backup program, Second Copy 2000

and at $30, you can't go wrong. It does much more advanced backups than just copying open files.
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Acronis True Image 7.0 is a very god programe to backup your data
or your system (OS) is even very easy to use.
Acronis True Image 7.0 can not only backup your entire system or hard drive
it can even ceat a Bootable Rescue Media CD if you are having probleme with booting
your system.

Norton-Ghost 9.0 is also very god as well....can do the same thing, but it cannot
creat a Bootable Rescue CD

dean_truaxAuthor Commented:
DVation191 and acseven: I will check out Second Copy and AutoBackup, though I don't think either of those mention having an open file option on their respective web pages.

Hispano8888: Heh, I am familiar with imaging applications and they bypass open files altogether since they typically boot outside of Windows, thus no files are open. I am a longtime user of Ghost so I appreciate your recommendation, but not the kind of backup I was looking for. :)
Tough call. I provided solutions that does what the author wants, but not in his price range. I'll leave this one up to you, turn123.
dean_truaxAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I've been quite busy lately and have neglected this question. I'm hoping an Administrator can briefly contact me and advise on how to disseminate the points since several good suggestions were offered by different members. Perhaps a new point value should be assigned as well.

Are you wanting to do something other then what you have currently done?

dean_truaxAuthor Commented:
No, I got it squared away after I posted that message. Thanks for helping, all who were involved, and thanks to the admins for being on-the-ball.
Can you use Norton Ghost 9.0 to Ghost a SnapServer through the network?
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