Backup

I have a Dell Vostro 220, and an Ext HD of 500 gigs.  My oS is windows 7.   This Ext HD hosts all my data as well as the backup of files that I had to install on the C drive.  I am now preparing to move house and am terrified that if this HD is damaged during the transportation process, it will be a disaster for me.  
I would like to come up with a plan to backup to an external site and then once my pc has been setup on the new location, and if the ext HD is corrupted for any reason, then to do a restore or even get a similar new HD and do the restore.
Can the Gurus suggest
1)   what backup system to use; a system where it is backed up file by file, and then zipped or something else into one big file.
2)   Can I back up on to DVDs as a fall back plan.
2)   Also I would prefer a backup of the files by directory by directory.  And not mix and match.
3)   Also is there an external site where i can store this backuped dataset for a month or so.  
jegajothyretiredAsked:
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Share-ITCommented:
never was a fan of online backup systems due to the time taken to send data in the first place. I have over a TB of photos alone! would take weeks!

So, that said, go and buy another drive bigger than your first then download a free copy of SyncToy from here... http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52

This allows you to setup a sync job between folder A and Folder B which can be run manually or scheduled. You can also configure it to do the following:

Syncronize - replicates both ways
Echo - replicates from a to b only
Contribute - new files replicate from a to b but deletions don't (i use this one)

 
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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
In response to Share-IT, the problem is if the worst happens, both HDs, the old and the new, might drop off on me and it will be a disaster.  The idea is to store it off site electronically OR even maybe burn onto a DVD and then retrieve it.  Even if it means backing up directory by directory and then uploading and restoring it by directory by directory. BTW I am not a fan of photos and have the bearest minimum except for some cool screen savers. Thank u for your inputs.
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Share-ITCommented:
how much data are we talking about?

There are a number of online backup providers so if it's small then go for it.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2288745,00.asp

Here's a recent review of the top 10. Some have 30day free trials so you can try before you buy.

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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
in response to Share-IT, for backup to CDs or DVDs,. what software would u suggest.  Tjhank u.
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Share-ITCommented:
windows 7 natively supports writing to CD/DVD. It's a drag and drop process. Alternately, if you want some ectra functionality, i like Nero 10 which has various backup utils in the suite. They also have online backups.

Here's a link.. http://www.nero.com/enu/store.html?NeroSID=37c96cd6afe7a9d3dc0a4e3cae0c8716
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Share-ITCommented:
This is the product just for backups...

http://www.nero.com/enu/store-backitup-and-burn.html?NeroSID=37c96cd6afe7a9d3dc0a4e3cae0c8716

Here's the full suite that allows burning of movies/ dvd authoring as well as the Backup suite...

http://www.nero.com/enu/store-nero10.html?NeroSID=37c96cd6afe7a9d3dc0a4e3cae0c8716
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martyphillipsCommented:
Carbonite.com is $54 per year for unlimited backup.  It's offsite & easy to use.  I have several customers using it and I've had to restore files for them.  The entire process is simple.

The initial backup will take awhile but then files are backed up as modified so it's a great solution for the money.
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jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
thank u everyone.
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