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External hdd storage

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Lockeyp, Aug 4, 2012.

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  1. Lockeyp

    Lockeyp Thread Starter

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    Does anyone know of a free program for backing up to a USB external drive, whenever it gets plugged and will automatcially download and update the files from the existing hdd. if so I would be appreciated if you could point me in the right direction.

    Thanks

    Lockeyp
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Nothing does thing completely automatically. It sounds like you just want to sync some files. You should really have a full system backup that includes Windows for when the drive fails.

    Free drive backup software (imaging, cloning, and archiving - backups can be created on a second hard drive, internal or external, or on DVD's, or BluRay disks. One BluRay disk will hold most peoples' entire system drive's backup at 25 GB's using compressed images, 50 GB's double-layer):

    Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 (Recovery boot CD or USB key)
    Macrium Reflect (Free)
    O&O Disk Image Express or (mirror)
    Easeus Todo Backup
    Acronis True Image For WD (reduced, free version for WD drives - cloning and imaging)
    Acronis True Image For Seagate (DiscWizard) (reduced, free version for Seagate drives - cloning and imaging)
    ODIN (open-source)
    Redo Backup & Recovery (Boot CD)
    Clonezilla Live (A bootable CD of Debian with Clonezilla.)
    Drive Image XML
    PING (Partimage is not Ghost) (Boot CD with option Clam Antivirus)
    Partition Saving
    Clonezilla
    Passmark OSFClone (Bootable, cloning only)
    ImageX and GImageX (Geekware. Small images due to "single instancing" and allows partial, selected restore of image parts. Used by Microsoft to apply disk image to drive during "installation" of Windows 7.)

    There are also many commercial products with more features.
     
  3. Lockeyp

    Lockeyp Thread Starter

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    Thanks Very much Elvandil I shall sort through them to find the best one for me.

    Lockeyp
     
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