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I have been trying to do something which used to be easy and has been a problem, of late. I have been always keeping backups (sometimes more than one) for most of my computer career. I have reached a situation now where it has become increasingly difficult to find a package which does what I want.

Namely, I want a backup made of specific directories and/or files which incorporate only the changes that have been made since the last backup. I would like this to be in the same format as Windows Explorer, although I am begrudgingly willing to take a look at packages which create backups as zip files (which have to be opened and scanned to find any files which I am specifically looking for). By the way, I am running in a Windows 7 operating system

I thought I found the program which would accomplish what I wanted (see above title); however even though I have selected to run incremental backups only, it runs a complete backup as a zip file every time a backup is run. This has resulted in quickly running out of space on the backup disk drives where I have the backups.

No matter how much I investigate and read about the program I have, although it implies it could do what I want (details to follow), it seems to do a complete backup and save it along with all previous backups (approximately 300 GB each time). What I want seems simple to me: if I have 1000 documents, of which I make changes to 6 documents between backups, only those 6 documents will be updated in my backup.

Is anybody familiar enough with the above title backup software that they can explain how I can set this up properly; or-an alternative backup software program which does what I want easily? Thank you very much for your help and suggestions.
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We service multiple clients from a few Pc's to ten servers and over 100 workstations. We haven't seen it all, but we have seen enough to provide some suggestions.

On servers, we always use Backup Exec, but in your case this would be overkill.

I suggest using another product named Paragon Software Hard Disk Manager Suite 14.
http://www.paragon-software.com/

It not only provides partition utilities (that can be very useful), it provides the ability to run backups (Full, incremental, differential and selective). You can setup a schedule and have the backups run without you doing anything. That is a great feature most backup apps include.

http://download.paragon-software.com/doc/HDM14_Suite_Full_Features_List.pdf

I'm not sure what you mean by viewing the file in Internet Explorer. All backup apps I've used create a compressed file of the backup. You can open Windows explorer and see the backup file, but not the contents. You use the Backup app to view a report of what was backed up and/or run a restore in the same manner.

Hope this helps!
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TG-TIS,

Thanks for your help. It seems very comprehensive and to us non-teckies, a bit complicated. I read over a lot of their lit and videos, and see how some things are done but don't necessarily know why they would be done, or if I should do so in my situation.

Do they have technical support included that does hand-holding for non-gurus?

Also, what I meant by my Windows Explorer vs zip file approach was if there was the ability to see the backed up info ala W.E. rather than a zip file I have to dig in to find what I want.
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Yes, that have US based tech support. I have personally spoken with them before and they are very good.
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Thanks. You sold me.
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Does anyone have other suggestions -I got errors trying to install the trial download, twice; and figured if I have problems with the trial version, I wasn't going to buy the full version.
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