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Backup software

Hi guys, I have read some reviews for backup software but can not make up my mind as to which would best suit me.
Do any of them backup program settings? (outlook layout etc.)
I'm not a complete novice but I would like it to quiet easy to set up, and I dont mind paying for it after my recent crash which has taken me too long to get everything just right again.

Any suggestions?
Thanks
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Registered: 10-04-2007

Backup software

I use Norton ghost which can produce a complete image of your machine on cd's.
You can then restore everything from the images or just the bits you want.
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Backup software

Thanks John, can that be down loaded or is it shop bought?
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Backup software

Norton ghost is very good but has been replaced by Acronis which does the same thing but ghost runs from dos Acronis runs from windows and can take a image while you work to a cd/dvd or another drive it will also do incrumental backups.

buy it from

http://www.acronis.com/products/trueimage/

$49
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Re: Backup software

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Any suggestions?

It depends if you want to back up everything, or just new/changed data every time.

I personally recommend that you do a full backup every few months, then do differential backups in the interim. AFAIK Ghost etc aren't suitable for that sort of thing, you'll just end up with hundreds of CDRs.

There is a backup program already supplied with Windows but, unsurprisingly, it's not that good. I've been playing with a quite user-friendly program called aDailyBackup, which does full, incremental or differential backups to file, zip or CDR with all sorts of path and filtering options. It even talks to you.

You can get a free or paid version from http://dfg1.netfirms.com Don't forget to wear your sunglasss first.
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Backup software

I use [url=http://www.ntius.com/default.asp?p=backupnow/bun_mainNTI Backup Now! 3[/url] which does both full backups (files and folders) and complete disk images as well as incremental backups (only the files that have changed) and works very well. You can also schedule automatic backups as well.

I backup to a spare hard disk automatically but the software can write to CDR/RW, DVD's etc and perform network backups.

There is a free trial so you can try it first before buying it.

It does work and has saved my bacon a few times when I had a major corruption and a disk crash.