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  Reply # 649585 2-Jul-2012 14:26 Send private message

Marvellous; thanks to all for the advice!

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  Reply # 649628 2-Jul-2012 15:51 Send private message

Just for those that are using CrashPlan, there is a way to backup to a NAS.
If you have a share setup on the NAS, say one called Backups, then you basically mount that share as a virtual folder (symbolic Link) on your local HDD and point Crashplan at that as it sees it just as another folder on your HDD.
I am using it like this and it is working great.

Here is the basic command you use for Windows Vista/7:

mklink /d "local\directory" "\\NAS\share"


For me I used:

mklink /d "C:\NAS" "\\NAS\backups"

Now when I browse the C: on my local machine I see a folder called NAS (actually looks like a shortcut as the icon has the little arrow on it) and when you open that folder you see the contents of \\NAS\Backups.
Crashplan creates it's own folder in the "C:\NAS" location, with a whole sting of numbers, once you set that as the backup destination.




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  Reply # 649630 2-Jul-2012 15:52 Send private message

An alternative (what I am using for Acronis Non-Stop Backup) is to have a SCSI target pointing to the NAS, if the NAS supports it... It looks just like a SCSI drive ;)





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  Reply # 650524 4-Jul-2012 10:50 Send private message

Some other options to check out:
Easus ToDo Backup Free
O&O DiskImage 5

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  Reply # 651613 6-Jul-2012 00:24 Send private message

Try Handy Backup 7, it's easy to use and reliable software solution for Windows backup.

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  Reply # 651675 6-Jul-2012 09:27 Send private message

Yes, I have used HandyBackup in the past, and it's a good software too.




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  Reply # 651797 6-Jul-2012 11:49 Send private message

Does anyone have any issues with the backup being based offshore - or is that old school thinking...

We're looking for a nice lazy way to backup our file server at work - the AIT tapes just annoy everyone, and crashplan looks pretty cool...

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  Reply # 651801 6-Jul-2012 11:55 Send private message

We use CrashPlan and have no problems with it being somewhere outside NZ. Obviously you have to check what are your company's policies or law requirements to keep data in New Zealand.




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  Reply # 651940 6-Jul-2012 15:47 Send private message

And I don't believe any NZ company is going to be much faster to upload to....but you may be able to get a seeding service, which we can't take advantage of with an overseas company.





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