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Windows 7: What is the best way to do file backups for free?

04 Apr 2011   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Many third party (non image style) backup software uses spanned zip archives. Lose or corrupt the first (or any I think) then I believe your data is lost.
Windows file/folder backup is SLOW but produces independent zips which can be recovered. This is a reason for me staying with the Windows version.


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11 Apr 2011   #12
damien76

Win7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ickymay View Post
personally i love bart backup
--Is this one freeware..?
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11 Apr 2011   #13
linux731

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I recommend COMODO Backup. It's free, and it is by COMODO! I mean, COMODO is amazing.
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12 Apr 2011   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
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Hi pparks1
robocopy can give trouble if W7 SP1 is installed.
Do you have any links to information about what the problem is? I have yet to notice any issues.
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12 Apr 2011   #15
Roderunner

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
robocopy can give trouble if W7 SP1 is installed.
Do you have any links to information about what the problem is? I have yet to notice any issues.
Sorry, I don't use Robocopy, only read it on another forum, even then it never gave much info.
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19 Apr 2011   #16
ickymay

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by damien76 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ickymay View Post
personally i love bart backup
--Is this one freeware..?
yes and fully configurable
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19 Apr 2011   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I may have overlooked something but I found spanned zip archives presented a recovery problem as I mentioned earlier. I believe Comodo fell into this category and produced .z01,.z02..... If one, particularly the first, was damaged the others appeared totally lost.

With Windows you get a sequence of .zip files. Each can be opened independently. This appears to make your file/folder backup more robust.

Windows file/folder backup definitely has limitations, so what third party backup software has robust recovery?
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19 Apr 2011   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, a lot of good suggestions for file backups. But since you already image the system, why don't you also image the data. Since it is in a data partition, that is easy to do. That's how I do it and I do not have to deal with 2 different programs.

Another thing I do is to enable System Restore points on the Data Partition. That is handy if you loose an individual file. You can always recover it with Shadow Explorer. System restore points (shadows) on data partitions are relatively small. So you need only a few GBs for a good collection.
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22 Apr 2011   #19
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I like Sync Toy. I use the echo mode and backup to an internal and external drive. There is no compression, it is an exact duplicate and you can browse through them at any time. It will only change the files that you change.
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22 Apr 2011   #20
Oaken

Windows 7
 
 

Another alternative to consider is FreeFileSync.

FreeFileSync is synchronization and comparison software that in more than a years use has proven as accurate and reliable as it gets. Making Microsoft's Sync-just-a-Toy by comparison. One of it's best features is the ability to create batch files automatically, via the programs interface, for running recurrent comparisons as scheduled tasks. Which is ideal if you want to mirror-backup data to other drives without running cumbersome backup software. I use this for folders up to 70 GB (my music collection) without any issues at all.
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