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Need Backup software for Windows 7 - full backups and incrementals of data only

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Need a backup software that will do a full back up of data (OS back ups not necessary) once a week, and incrementals maybe every day or every other day.

In Windows XP, the built in Backup software worked great. Full backups and incrementals worked perfectly.
Not so much for Windows 7.

Can anyone recommend a back up software for a user who is not tech savvy, and can easily go to the drive where the backups are and just grab the files (if need be) if he/she deleted accidentally? Ideally I dont want any compression or other formatting issues. Just copy the files over to a secondary drive (like Windows XP used to do) and easy to open and copy back again.

Need help!
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Question by:TheHappyTech
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I've used SyncBack for this in the past and it's pretty simple:

http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-back-up-your-windows-computer-to-a-network-hard-drive/
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Excellent Renazonse,

I am installing it now. I will let you know how it works out.

HappyT
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by:Peter Hutchison
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I use Retrospec Backup for Windows and have been for many years:
http://www.retrospect.com/?locale=en
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by:jcimarron
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TheHappyTech --
Another excellent app is Acronis True Image, but it is not free.
http://www.acronis.com/en-us/personal/pc-backup/
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by:Rizzle
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We have deployed Cobian backup at our client sites and it works considerably well compared to the other products on the web/market today.

http://www.cobiansoft.com/index.htm
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Ill do some testing and distribute points after! Thanks everyone!

Ben
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Use the built in backup but do not create a system image.
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by:Rob G
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If all you are looking for is flat files to be moved to an external hard disk. You can simply just script this with a batch file and use task manager to run the backup daily or whenever you want..

here is the data:
Xcopy c:\Foldername\* S:\Backup /s /i

Or in english
Xcopy = copy
C:\foldername\* = copy files from this directory and all sub directories
S:\backup /s /i /E  = To this directory, include all sub folders and items, if the file is unknown assume it is a folder and even if the folders are empty copy them too.

If you add >c:\Output.txt you can even create a log file for the day of the backup..

It's free.. easy.. fast.. and should require zero input of the end user if you do it right..
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by:TheHappyTech
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SyncBack made a direct copy (no compression or other formats) and worked perfectly.

Thank you Rob G for the code for the batch file.

HappyT
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