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15 Dec 2011  
joflo723

Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Looking for a good way to mirror + backup personal files

As the subject implies, I'm trying to find the best way to 1) create a disk image for disaster recovery + 2) synchronize folders and files to protect against accidental deletion, erroneous save-overs, transferring to another computer, etc. I have a 1 Tb external hard drive which is plenty of space for me to use for both.

  • Can be either one program that performs both functions, or two separate programs.
  • I don't want automatic backups, since I plan to store my external drive in a fireproof safe soon.
  • I need the sync'd files to be browse-able (not contained in a single image file)...just like a flash drive basically.
  • I would like something that only backs up new files or ones that have been changed (to cut back on backup time...but maybe this is standard for syncing and mirroring programs. ??)
  • Needs to be able to handle long file names
  • A nice GUI
  • Cost - free to low (I'd pay up to $30ish...but free would be great)
I was thinking of using Windows 7 Backup & Restore for the disk imaging, and then SyncToy for the file/folder syncing...but is this the best option?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Jo
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