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Backing up to an external hard drive

juliasdream
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Backing up to an external hard drive

I persuaded a friend to start using an external hard drive to back up files and store photos and music
He's a bit computer illiterate and found my way of dragging and dropping files a bit confusing
I said I'd try and find if theres any programs out there(preferably free) which could make the task easier for him
Can anyone help?
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Re: Backing up to an external hard drive

Does his OS have 'Briefcase'? Works well for me to keep things in sync.
One thing I found, though - doesn't seem to work using 'My Documents', but 'Documents and Settings\Name\My Documents' does.
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Re: Backing up to an external hard drive

juliasdream
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Re: Backing up to an external hard drive

Quote from: Oldjim
Use SyncToy
Thanks for that
I notice that there are 2 versions , x64 and x86
He has 32bit vista. I'm not really clear on which version to choose
What would you suggest?
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Re: Backing up to an external hard drive

juliasdream,
Use this one for 32bit OS (SyncToySetupPackage_v21_x86.exe)
Kind regards,
Brian
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Re: Backing up to an external hard drive

juliasdream,
This is the link :-
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c26efa36-98e0-4ee9-a7c5-98d0592d8c52&displa...
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Brian
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Re: Backing up to an external hard drive

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He has 32bit vista.
What would you suggest?

I'd actually suggest using the standard backup utility built into Vista. It's perfectly OK and works well.  Wink
For full gory details read this: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2007.09.backup.aspx