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Windows 7: Where do I get the best FlashDrive backup software?

15 Mar 2015   #1
rammstein420

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
Where do I get the best FlashDrive backup software?

I have things I want to be backed up onto flash drives but what software is best for this? I want it to let me select exactly what I want and when I want the backups to take place. My biggest flash drive is 16gb right now and am thinking of getting a bigger one but am not sure about it yet.


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15 Mar 2015   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Flash drives are not sufficiently reliable for backup purposes. They should be used primarily as a transport media. One might think that because they have no moving parts they would be more reliable. Unfortunately that is not the case. An external drive would be a better choice.
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15 Mar 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
Flash drives are not sufficiently reliable for backup purposes. They should be used primarily as a transport media. One might think that because they have no moving parts they would be more reliable. Unfortunately that is not the case. An external drive would be a better choice.

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16 Mar 2015   #4
rammstein420

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit.
 
 
yes but Im backing up files that a usb would be ideal for

I want it to update my favorites list every so often and I want it to keep all of my music and image and other sort of files up to date. I am not talking about a system backup
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16 Mar 2015   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
 
 

Anything worth backing up and saving is worth a hard drive or SSD.
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16 Mar 2015   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rammstein420 View Post
I want it to update my favorites list every so often and I want it to keep all of my music and image and other sort of files up to date. I am not talking about a system backup
For many people (most people?), system files are less valuable than personal data files. System backups can ultimately be replaced by a clean reinstall if nothing else. Not true with data backups---you've got a reliable backup (or two) or you don't.

I'd rather backup system files to a USB drive and backup data files to a hard drive---rather than the other way around. If I were faced with that choice.

USB sticks are just too flimsy---I do use them, but only for sheer portability and handiness. Never as a first or second level backup of anything.
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16 Mar 2015   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Another vote for using an external drive instead of a flash drive. I have several USB sticks I use for transferring data and I do backup photos onto a 32GB SD card (as well as my notebook, a 2.5" external HDD, and my amazon Cloud Drive while I'm on the road but I transfer the photos to my desktop and back them up to my backup HDDs when I get home, For long term backups, 3.5" HDDs are all I use.
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16 Mar 2015   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rammstein420 View Post
I want it to update my favorites list every so often and I want it to keep all of my music and image and other sort of files up to date. I am not talking about a system backup
do a search for SyncToy in the tutorials section hete.
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