Windows backup solution

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    Windows backup solution

    I am trying to get away from my current flaky backup strategy based on the built-in Windows 7 backup system. Problem is, I can't seem to find software that doesn't suck. A good local backup method would have the following traits:

    1. No proprietary data formats
    2. Easy retrieval of single files
    3. Ability to back up files that are currently opened
    4. Incremental backup capability
    5. Fully validated
    6. Robust error recovery
    7. Informative reporting
    8. Arbitrary scheduling
    9. Support multiple volumes being backed up

    What do you folks use? I'm not really interested in cloud solutions for multiple reasons.
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    A bit hard to get everything on that list. Number 1 pratically rules out most of the commercial solutions, if not all. But, by god, I can understand why you want it!

    For a long while I've used Cobian Backup. A freeware backup solution that never let me down. It covers all your points except for 6 and 7 -- and I'm not sure of 5.

    Over an year ago I completely changed my backup strategy (if that's what I can call it now) and have been using Create Synchronicity ever since, which offers very little of what you ask.
    Last edited by Mario F.; 12-22-2012 at 04:58 PM.
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    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Tom's Hardware did a recent article on IT tools and they recommend Areca Backup. I didn't check much of it, but I think you would like to know.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Thanks, Mario. I did check out Cobian Backup and it looks at least stable and has successfully done an incremental backup for two days in a row. It might be what I need, for now.

    I'm actually planning to build a storage-tower/firewall box for the house in the next couple of months, so it needs to back up to a network volume. I assume it can do that, right?
    Code:
    //try
    //{
    	if (a) do { f( b); } while(1);
    	else   do { f(!b); } while(1);
    //}

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    Yeah, it can. It will work off the bat if you use the program normally. But If you end up using the program as a service make sure that in the Options screen it is set to convert all network paths to UNC paths.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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