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# 32090 12-Apr-2009 09:41
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I tried using the search feature and it came up with some links but I could not get the links to
open any thing. So I will ask this question.

I have a NAS that I will be using to backup two computers automatically. Is there Backup software that will do a backup of the files the first time but then every time it does the backup after that it just checks to see which files have changed and only replaces therm ? Rather than just replace every single file.
Or is there something wrong with having files backed up that way?

Also...and I did search this as well...what is the word with the Linksys NAS200 ?
I have one and maybe should have read up a bit more as it is very slow to download LAN is 10/100 but the NAS200 doesn't get close to that. Plus it is very prone to just locking up on long downloads...I think it may be heat related.
 Should I have connected a DAS to my computer and then let that use my LAN to grab the other computers backup? Would that work?

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  # 207147 15-Apr-2009 19:22
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I use Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 8.5
Ideal for incremental bare metal recovery of your machine(s) and once the base image is done only back's up changes.

Pricing is good for desktops but is steep for server versions


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  # 207918 19-Apr-2009 13:14
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If you are just backing up files - SyncBack is good free software that can be scheduled.
If you are backing up entire PCs, there are quite a few good pieces of  (not free) software. Acronis TrueImage, ShadowProtect, Symantec. Or Windows Home Server - I think you can get a free trial of that - is pretty good at backing up client computers.

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  # 207922 19-Apr-2009 13:33
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Well it turns out that my NAS200 comes with NTI Shadow which...if you read the help filesEmbarassed...has all the features that I was after.

I have found that the NAS200 does not like to run for extended amounts of time. What I mean is if I tell it to download all my files about 200GB it will shut down after about 4hrs of downloading.
Now if I download those files in separate batches of say 15GB each then it works fine.
I reckon it overheats but now that I have all my files backed up the NTI Shadow will only update anything that has changed .So that shouldn't overload the NAS200

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  # 208839 23-Apr-2009 17:37
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For others who are interested, syncback se does a really good job of this and is free.
It will also handle backups to usb drives, mapped network drives, unc paths, and ftp servers.

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  # 221523 4-Jun-2009 10:04
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MF mentioned SyncToy 2 in the other thread (now closed). I use that (backup to a low-end Stardom NAS). Version I use is x64. Basic, but it does what I need. I only run it at specific times though. Don't think it can do continuous backup. Also, will not backup open files, which is probably the biggest pain.

I can access any file in the NAS back up directly via Windows Explorer at any time, which is a big plus for me (I do not compress the backup files).

The only time I struck a problem is when I was away over Xmas & took my laptop & NAS so I would have access to all my desktop files. Never did manage to access files on the NAS.

That had nothing to do with SyncToy though. I think it must have been because I had installed the NAS software on my desktop, or was tied to the router?? When I got back & plugged into my normal network, everything worked fine, including accessing the NAS from the laptop.

I have been pleasantly surprised how fast SyncToy is. I have ~88,000 files/~150GB backed up under SyncToy & a backup of files changed in say a 3wk period (!!!! - will do better) typically takes only 10 mins or so - maybe less (includes checking which of the 88k files have changed)


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  # 222121 5-Jun-2009 23:59
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Vista includes the MS robocopy command which can be handy for this sort of thing (you can chuck it in a bat file and schedule it as a task if needed etc).  For XP or 2003 you can find a download of the latest robocopy easily with a google search.


-- Mirror everything from D to E, copy in restartable mode, exclude the named system folders

robocopy D: E: /Z /MIR /XD "System Volume Information" "$RECYCLE.BIN"

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