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Recommend for free backup/restore utility for Windows 7

Please recommend list of free windows 7 backup apps that can, beside the standard backup/restores features also:

1. Backup specific files or folder
2. Do a backup of only modified files after last backup
3. Can restore to another folder other than the one saved in
4. Save the list of files selected and also can change it
5. Able to backup hidden files
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*** Hopeleonie ***IT ManagerCommented:
I use Synctoy.
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Sushil SonawaneCommented:
Please refer below link :

http://www.fbackup.com/

Top Free Backup Programs for Windows :

(http://www.brighthub.com/computing/smb-security/articles/47759.aspx)
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RGRodgersCommented:
I recommend Areca.  It's one of the best open source backup tools out there.

http://www.areca-backup.org/

...RG
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Jaroslav MrazCTOCommented:
Hi,

we are using Cobian Backup v 10. Its free and advanced.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Any link for Synctoy?

We are about to download the apps, do Fbackup, Areca and Cobian  follow the requirements of:
     1. Backup specific files or folder
     2. Do a backup of only modified files after last backup
     3. Can restore to another folder other than the one saved in
     4. Save the list of files selected and also can change it
     5. Able to backup hidden files

    (we really don't want to test one that doesn't have the and spend time install, readining then uninstall)

Thanx
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Pradeep DubeyConsultantCommented:
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Fbackup free version has no modified files backed (Incremental and Differential backup types not available)

couldn't download Cobian Backup latest version 11 "gravity" (http://www.cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm latest version).

please supply a workable download link
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
just tested Areca, but how do i restore?
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
ok found how to restore.
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RGRodgersCommented:
How's it working for you?  It is very powerful...RG
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
just just tested Cobian, could fin the backup area or how to restore.  Please advice
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Ok found how to recover in Cobian,
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Hi RGRodgers,

Areca worked both backup/restore and incremental.

Still testing the other
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
RGRodgers, can you explain "store all files in same archive" and also

the message that appears when selecting both "store all files in same archive"  and "Zip64":
areca meesage
Can we still use that setup? (We need to have the zip archive file be bigger than 4gb).

Please advice.
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jcimarronCommented:
Ramante--A tutorial for Windows Backup
http://www.top-windows-tutorials.com/Windows-Backup.html
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RGRodgersCommented:
Store all files in a unique archive : in this case, a unique zip archive will be created for each archive (containing all source files).  This contrasts with the standard archival mode where each file would create its own archive, one per file.

Areca has a transaction mechanism which allows you to restart backups at commit points.  This restart capability isn't available with ZIP64.  That just means you cannot restart a backup at the point of its last commit.  Shouldn't be a problem normally.

...RG
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jcimarronCommented:
Ramante--Sorry.  I posted the wrong link for a Win 7 Backup and Restore.  Here is the right one
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1838/using-backup-and-restore-in-windows-7/
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Thanx RGRodgers.

 jcimarron, Win 7 has given us problems; that is why we started searching for another solution.
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rayluvsAuthor Commented:
Conclusion:  both apps Areca and Cobian works perfectly in backups, incrementeal, restore.

However we chose Cobian becuase the backup that it does in in a zip format so if Cobian is no longer avalable, we can unzip the archive.

Thanx all!
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