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# 141246 5-Mar-2014 20:29
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Hi Folks,

I am looking for a decent backup program for windows 8.1.  I was using the excellent windows 7 one but that is alas no longer available in windows 8.1

Basically I need a program that can be run on a schedule, will do a weekly full backup, nightly incremental and when the destination drive is full, will remove the old backups.   I just need to backup files and folders one drive and dump it to another on the network.  It would be useful if I could also choose which files and folders on multiple drives that I could include in the backup.

It needs to be mainstream (from a reputable vendor) that can be used in future windows versions.

I don't need to create system images, nor do want to use any of the built in windows stuff.

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  # 999821 5-Mar-2014 21:13
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Have you considered one of the cloud backup vendors?  E.g. CrashPlan or BackBlaze (who I use).  Bit more of a set it and forget it set up going that way.

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  # 1000097 6-Mar-2014 12:38
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Thanks for your replies.

I am trying to avoid cloud solutions if possible, would prefer the old fashioned locally installed software.

I used to use windows home server - but moving to Windows Server at some stage in the future.




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  # 1000108 6-Mar-2014 12:56
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I use Cobian Backup, backing a laptop on a NAS. I've used it on the same laptop with Windows 7, then 8 and now 8.1. It's free, legit, does the job without fuss and should have enough tweakable settings to keep most users happy.


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  # 1000115 6-Mar-2014 13:05
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With CrashPlan you can back up to a folder or another local PC. Cloud backups are optional.

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  # 1000118 6-Mar-2014 13:08
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jonathan18: I use Cobian Backup, backing a laptop on a NAS. I've used it on the same laptop with Windows 7, then 8 and now 8.1. It's free, legit, does the job without fuss and should have enough tweakable settings to keep most users happy.



I've been using Cobian in various scenarios for a few years. The thing that slightly worries me now is Luis is trying to sell it off. Nothing stopping a bigger player from buying it and promptly stopping support and availability. Hopefully not, but you never know.

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I use Toucan. Open source and works great.

http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/toucan/

 
 
 
 


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  # 1000176 6-Mar-2014 14:23
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I use http://www.genie9.com for a few of my customers.




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  # 1000646 7-Mar-2014 11:29
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I use crashplan to backup without the cloud option. The automatic nature of it is what makes it so worthwhile in my opinion.




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  # 1001014 7-Mar-2014 21:36
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Cobian backup. used it on servers and pcs for years. Very good.

I also use batch fileas and unstoppable copier by road kill - great for backups with no versioning required.





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  # 1002191 10-Mar-2014 16:36
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I use Macrium. Basic free version or paid are their options. Paid does incremental and a few other things. I'm impressed with it.

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