How to backup back up 4 PCs in a home network?
Posted on 2008-10-19
We installed a 1 TB Buffalo device in the basement of a home. 2 desktops and 2 laptops each have True Image Home 11 on them. 3 are xp home and 1 is xp media center. Each is set to do a full backup 1x a week, then do incrementals the rest of the week. and I keep 5 weeks worth of data
the desktops work fine. the 2 laptops are problems. they both connect wirelessly. 1 is a kid's machine with minimal files and changes.
the other laptop has 60 GB of data (music) that doesn't change much / adds / deletes.
being laptops, and just the way they want to use the machines, they want to shut the machines down when they are done with them - 1 hour or so - at a time.
I want to backup (image) the entire PC in both cases, because outlook, etc are in different places, they may add other apps, etc.
I am paranoid that if I back up just my docs, favorites, etc., I may miss something (they have 4 users on each machine) and / or they add an app that puts data somewhere else and they don't have me update the backup locations.
and the 60 gb of music - there's realistically minimal changes, only some adds.
But I want to do a full and then incrementals repeatedly because of (unwarranted?) paranoia that if 1 incremental is corrupt, then all the stuff after that is NG? (if there's not that many days between fulls, then if this weeks is corrupt, we can go back to last week. and why not differentials? They will continue to grow and the problem of long / incomplete backups with just be delayed.
while the amount of data to backup is minimal on both machines, the window to backup the machines is too small for true image / full image of the drives.
and they want to get email confirms that the backup worked / failed
any other suggestions on backing up 4 machines, 1 with 60+GB of data, sends email confirms and can work quickly?