backup Software for PC

I am looking for a good inexpensive backup software tool that I can market to my house and small business clients.  usually clients with 1 or 2 computers only.

I am looking for something easy to use and configure that they can use to back-up data to an external (portable or USB thumb) or network drive.

I have used a very easy to use tool called Backup Magic.  But it is not automated, as in it does not do it for you periodically in the background.

Does anyone have any reliable tools to suggest?
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CompProbSolvCommented:
I have used SyncBack (from 2brightsparks.com) with great success.  The free version may be all that you need.
I also set up a batch file that renames the backup folders so that I can keep a history.  That is, before running SyncBack, I delete g:\backup\09, rename G:\backup\08 to 09, 07 to 08, etc. and then have SyncBack do the backup to g:\backup\00.

SyncBack is just doing simple file copying.  You don't get compression or other benefits of other backup programs, but it also makes it VERY easy to confirm what was backed up and to restore files.

Depending on your requirements, this may do the trick.
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motnahp00Commented:
Windows Backup for Windows 7 works well for me and it's free.
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basicinstinctCommented:
Personally I use rsync and cron. I find this simple and reliable... If a backup gets interrupted it takes up where it left off. It only backs up what has changed.
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motnahp00Commented:
Another alternative is robocopy. I use it for my personal scanned documents which I copy from workstation to external HD.
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asher-is-meCommented:
I've had great experience with SyncBack, paid and free versions.  SyncBack gives you a lot of options, and is very fast.

For my IT consulting business, I used SyncBack with clients until I finally realized Carbonite was the best solution for everyone.  I found that most clients wanted to backup their data but either forgot or put it off until it was too late.  Carbonite is nice because it performs the backup process in the background automatically, plus you can even sign up as an affiliate and then reap commissions of of their sign-ups.  Very easy to install.
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