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Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

Q: Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

Is there software that will simply backup, monitor a few folders for any changes and produce incremental backups while immediately backing up any changes or additions to a USB drive...preferably free software or inexpensive?


A: Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

I would use a sync tool like this:

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I am looking for a good backup program for Windows 7 Pro (64 bit). I recently upgraded from Windows XP Pro SP3. On that OS, I used HP SimpleSave software for my backups. HP SimpleSave did one full backup the first time I installed it, and after that, it would backup changed files every time my computer was idle for 5 minutes. And as this article notes, "The backup is simply the duplicate of the original files, making restoring very fast and easy." I liked HP SimpleSave's simplicity.

I doubt that HP SimpleSave is natively compatible with Windows 7 -- and even if it is, I'm not even sure where to get it (except from the original external hard drive).

Do you know of good, reliable backup software for Windows 7? I'm particularly looking for software that will backup modified files every time my computer is idle for a certain length of time. Sort of a pseudo-continuous incremental backup.

Thanks so much for your time.

A:Reliable backup software for Windows 7?

Do you want to back up JUST your personal data files?

Or your Windows installation?

Or both?

Or "everything on all partitions in my PC"?

Or "everything on this one drive in my PC"?


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I am looking for a good backup program for Windows 7 Pro (64 bit). I recently upgraded from Windows XP Pro SP3. On that OS, I used HP SimpleSave software for my backups. HP SimpleSave did one full backup the first time I installed it, and after that, it would backup changed files every time my computer was idle for 5 minutes. And as this article notes, "The backup is simply the duplicate of the original files, making restoring very fast and easy." I liked HP SimpleSave's simplicity.

I doubt that HP SimpleSave is natively compatible with Windows 7 -- and even if it is, I'm not even sure where to get it (except from the original external hard drive).

Do you know of good, reliable backup software for Windows 7? I'm particularly looking for software that will backup modified files every time my computer is idle for a certain length of time. Sort of a pseudo-continuous incremental backup.

Thanks so much for your time.

A:Reliable backup software for Windows 7?

Do you want to back up JUST your personal data files?

Or your Windows installation?

Or both?

Or "everything on all partitions in my PC"?

Or "everything on this one drive in my PC"?


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Anyone know of a relialbe 120gb external backup disk drive for XP? $150 or less?

A:Reliable 120 GB external backup drive

There are plenty of 120gig drives that you can buy in the $60-80 range, and USB 2.0 cases for 3.5" drives start around $20.

The "reliable" part is a loaded question, since hard drives are probably the most fragile thing on your computer. They work pretty well, but it's NOT wise to have a single copy of important data on a single hard disk, because someday it will fail.

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I'm looking for some simple backup software that:
can mirror my files from one NTFS filesystem to another (an external drive)
does an incremental backup (I don't need to recopy 1.5 TB of files every time I want to backup)
can copy files which are in use (probably using the Shadow Copy service)
will verify the files (at least with a quick CRC check) once the copy is complete
(preferably) is free or open-source software
When I used Linux as my primary OS, I had something similar set up using rsync. Ideally, I could find something like that which plays nicely with NTFS.
(rsync under Cygwin didn't seem to work well with NTFS; I used it for a while but started running into all sorts of strange permission errors.)

I don't really want drive imaging software. I like to be able to go into the backup and recover individual files quickly if necessary.

Scheduling is not necessary; I run backups on demand once or twice a week and the backup hard drives are kept offline all other times.

I've looked at a number of backup programs, but most that I've found fail at least one of the requirements above.

Do any of you have any suggestions that might help? What works for you?

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks very much.

A:Simple Windows backup software?

The two major free ones are Paragon and Macrium Reflex. They are discussed often in this forum and arguments develope over which is best.

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Hello! I just installed a Windows 8 computer for a friend and he needs a simple, automated backup solution comparable to the Backup & Restore included in Windows 7. Can someone recommend a good freeware that can be scheduled to do incremental data backups as well as system images? Thanks, and if this has already been discussed just link those threads

A:Looking for simple Backup & Restore Software

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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I downloaded ashampoo commander 5 because it was free. Maybe I am not getting it but I have not been able to edit my slideshow once done, I cannot view the file unless the program is installed on the computer I am viewing it on and when I burn it to DVD it doesn't work.

I need a simple and free program. I have about 200+ pictures that I need displayed in slideshow format with background music that can be burnt to a DVD. The option to have it loop is also a must, it has to run for hours.

Can someone please recommend one for me. The free trial usually have some sort of limitation and I don't need super fancy features either.


A:Simple and Free DVD slideshow software needed

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I'd like a really simple backup solution. It should take a backup of the folders I select, and always run in the background copying whenever there's a change. Of course only when the computer is idle. I don't need revisions of the files - I just want the latest version of the files. So it's just a mirror of the current content.

It should be the same folder structure and all, so I don't need to have the software in order to restore - just copy it back over.

And suggestions?

A:Simple real-time backup software (around 1 TB of files)

I'm not sure about the exact software for this for 'real time' there are many solutions to do this function on a backup schedule though (i have used windows built in backup and syncback as well as my own batch files).

Real time might be an issue on the grounds that if you deleted a file, that would replicate to your backup and therefore wouldn't be able to restore it unless you have the backup one way (so it doesn't delete anything in the destination location) but you would then need to make sure you have plenty of space on the backup location.

You could look at SyncBackFree V7- SyncBack Free - freeware version of the ultimate data backup software

? Backup
? Synchronize: Copy files in both directions
? Restore backup files easily
? Email logs
? Run programs before and after profiles
? Schedule backups
? Unicode enabled for non-English filenames
? Process unlimited filename lengths
? Simple and Advanced mode
? Runs on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
? Extensive Help Documentation & Support
? Completely Free!


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Hi. I have some mpeg and wmv video files - I would really like to cut some sections out, and in some cases paste them to elsewhere in the video file - or to a different video file.

I have struggled to find any free software to do this. The main thing I want to do is just to cut segments out. Does anyone know of any software that can do this?

Thanks - I really like this forum - it is very helpful!

A:Very Simple free Video Editing Software Needed

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Please let me know any backup software this is free or retail of backup software... i need to collect my college USB work (128 MB) and backup them..

Then im looking for secure backup online... Size about 130MB is okay

Thanks for help.

A:Backup? Sercue Backup Software needed!

I like the free version of Syncback for continous backups, though if you only have 128mb and its basically one time or infrequent why not just copy it to a backup?

Online, 2 gigs or less, I'd recommend Mozy for free secure backup.

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Am I kidding myself that using Google Drive (free) is a good idea for my off-site backup? Every once in awhile I notice its system tray icon is "faded", meaning that it isn't running, probably because I lost the wireless signal on my laptop, possibly because my router seems to require resetting every week or so.

Other than that, I've had no surprises. And did I mention the price? Googling shows failures from both Google Drive and Carbonite, so why pay?

Two weeks ago, I had to reformat my C: partition and so lost the User data that was in it, but I used Ubuntu to copy it onto an external Toshiba hard drive, so, other than the inconvenience, it turned out OK. I didn't consider trying to restore from Google Drive because I felt more comfortable dragging folders onto drive C: after reformat. (I wish I HAD used Google Drive to see how restoring ALL the data would go.)

In the process I learned that Dell Data"Safe" Backup is FAR from it. Took forever to backup, no time at all to FAIL TO RESTORE. Knowing in advance that this is common--i.e., that it is NOT SAFE AT ALL--I used Ubuntu to access the folders on drive C: and copy to external drive.

(Windows backup quit working the day I installed my Seagate external drive. So I wrote my own Java backup program, which seems to work well enough. But since it's not automatic, and since I'm like most people, the backup on it when drive C: went bye-bye wasn't exactly up-to-date. Thank whoever for Ubuntu.)

A:Is Google Drive reliable? Dell Data"Safe" backup is NOT

I suppose any online backup is better than none
But it would be best used as a second or third alternative and not as primary
Mostly the download time would be a deal breaker as you found moving folders is much faster
Or restoring from a local hdd with a system image on it.

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Hello everyone, I love to make back up of dvds that I like so that I can watch them later when I feel so. But the problem is that the recent dvds are not so easy to back up as the people are using certain tricks so that the dvd cant be copied like bad sectors, encrypting and other things. Can anyone give me software for my solution?

Thanks in advance!!!

A:DVD backup software needed!!!

I believe this section of TSG "Rules" applies to what you are requesting:

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Long ago I learned that setting up all the software that I use, after a clean install of Windows, is a process that can take weeks, and not something I want to go through more than a few times in my life.

I've long searched for the best backup solution that would allow me to backup my entire OS setup. The process I've been using most recently - use Vista's built-in "Backup and Restore Center" feature "Backup Entire Computer" - do this once a week on a slim USB HDD that I store in water and fire proof safe.

Question #1 - can someone recommend a better solution?

Question #2 - is this a reliable solution? I haven't actually had HHD failure since I've been using this system, but I have no idea what it would look like if I had to restore from backup. Would I boot from the external HDD? Or would I use Vista boot CD and somehow restore from there? Would it restore just fine if my hardware has changed?

Question #3 - Can I restore such backup, taken with Vista, on a machine with Windows 7? Or does it override the whole thing?


A:Is Windows Backup a reliable backup solution?

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I am looking for good, free or inexpensive, backup software to allow scheduled backups of data from a laptop to an external hard drive. Again, I need to be able to schedule backups, as well as set up exactly what folders get backed up. And the software must create some sort of place for each backup seperately on the external hard drive, not just overwrite what has already been backed up. Log creation would be a bonus, too.

Please only recommend software if you have first hand knowledge of it. Thanks so much!

A:Backup Software Recommendation Needed.


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Hello Friends!

I need a backing up software which supports scheduling. I want something in which I can add some files and folders to the backup schedule task and every time I double click its icon or it reaches its schedule time, every file or folder mentioned in the backup list gets automatically backed up at the specified location. Compressed and encrypted backup would be even better.

I hope I am able to explain what exactly I need. Please help me in this. I dont mind a paid software also.

Thank you.

A:Solved: Backup Software Needed...

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I have a new HP Pavillion Elite HPE with 920 GB of memory running Windows 7. I am an average computer user. I have a WD external backup drive with 1TB memory. I don't like the backup software that comes with the computer. I can't access anything to see how old the files are. The only option is to restore. Thank God I haven't had to do that. I have the files important to me backed up manually. I tried Nova backup but all I had was a bunch (really- a bunch) of files again that I couldn't access. I had a copy of Norton Ghost that wouldn't work with my old XP computer so I tried it on this one. After days with support manipulating my computer, going through three people to the software engineer, they could not make Ghost work on my (64? whatever) computer.

I don't know if I need a mirror or clone or whatever I've been reading about that I don't understand. I have plenty of room on the backup drive and have CD's and DVD's that will restore, I think. Best Buy made me some when I bought it and the computer made me make some as well when I got home. I can manually do a system backup less my files that doesn't change. So what I really want to do is to find a software that will enable me to choose the files I want to that sometimes change (My Documents) and have those backup on a regular basis. I also want to have those so I can go to my M drive (backup drive) and see my files just like in windows explorer. That way, if anything does happen, I know my files are alright and if I have ... Read more

A:Is there a backup software that transfers files I can read on my backup drive?

and welcome to the Forum

I use Syncback for that:

SyncBack Freeware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

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Hi All,


Does anyone know of a reliable, bug free, easy to use, free, program for finding and deleting duplicated files on a P.C.

For some reason my last back up program was duplicating files on my P.C and I want to get rid of them as I am starting to run low on disc space.



Here is a free one check the guide and see if it will suit if not then google will provide Anti-Twin (Freeware) - Find and delete duplicate files or similar images

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I have a 1 tb external drive that I would like to use as a backup. Something that I can either manually run weekly or have the software do it by itself.

If my main drive dies, I would like to be able to redirect bios to boot to my backup (which is bootable thanks to whatever 'software' I will wind up using for this purpose.

It appears that what I am looking for is very simple however after reading post after post after post, I am more confused than a newbie on 8.

I am not looking to do ANYTHING other than what I posted above.

Any help greatly appreciate.

A:Need Simple weekly backup of main drive - too many opionions makes con

The simplest way to get a bootable backup onto another HDD would be to use cloning software. Macrium Reflect Free (do not download from the homepage; this page is safer to download from). Macrium Reflect is best known for imaging but its cloning ability is also excellent. A clone is an exact copy of the original drive.

There are better ways to make backups but, since you stated you aren't interested, I won't discuss them here.

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I have a old PC that has WIN95. Has a CD ROM and a DISKETTE Drive.
I am trying to make some backup disks for the DEVICE drivers.

I don't think I can find those device driver diskettes/CDs that originally
came with the PC.
What is the best software that can do this ??
Any idea ??

email: [email protected]

A:Device Drivers backup Software needed

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robtonet, welcome to the forums.

Using the Speak text-to-speech feature - Word -

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Does anyone know of a simple program that will allow me to clone a hard drive of about 800gb onto a partition on the same physical drive as the boot drive, while in the OS, without mounting DVDs and all that kinda thing?


A:Simple straightforward hard drive cloning software?

So you have a pc/laptop with only 1 harddrive (WIN7 is on it)? You want to clone that drive. Correct?

New drive is larger? Nothing on new drive yet? Old and new drive both SATA or both IDE?

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I am looking for a reliable program to backup my computer (software and hardware) to an external USB hard drive.
The most important criteria is that the product supports USB as I use a bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
I have purchased an Iomega external drive which came with Norton Ghost 2003. I am seriously unimpressed with this software and have no confidence in it. Ghost 2004 has been suggested, but will I be throwing good money after bad?. Trying to resolve the problems I went to the Symantic Site and used their problem solving wizard.
Apart from suggesting I upgrade it was of no use.
I am considering Powerquest Drive Image but the reviews I have read are definitely mixed, and they are now owned by Symantic!.
Previous experience with Symantic (anti virus, utilities, firewall etc) has not been good.
They provide minimal tutorials and any support is on a pay per incident basis even if you cannot get the product to work out of the box.
So Ladies and Gentlemen your thoughts and recommendations and particularly your experience of these products would be appreciated

A:Reliable Backup

Why don't you like Ghost? It is the best imaging software available IMO.

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I normally copy and paste my files to an external disk but it does mean that I'm using up an awful lot of space on that disc because they aren't incremental backups, just copies and I don't delet previous versions.

I was thinking about using W7 backup and after one main backup was going to use incremental backups. However I'm concerned that my files will then be in one encrypted backup file plus the incremental backups as against additional copies which I can get at easily.

Has anyone had any experience of W7 backup and have any ideas as to how reliable it is? I would be in a mess if I need the backup copy of a file and the W7 backup file was corrupted!


A:How reliable is W7 backup?

I use it and am 100% satisfied. System image backup, in conjuction with system restore and backup and restore is all the back up that is needed. That being said, a large number of our membership prefer macrium reflex.

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Hi all,

I am new to the forums and I am not a computer guru.

I work from home, but out company IT dept only provides me with software and access; no support at all for my home system as it is just for my convenience, not work requirement.

Here is my setup:

Custom desktop, Asus MB, 3rd gen core I7, Win 7 64 bit.
2 hard drives: 64Gb SSD containing work programs only. 500GB HDD containg all work stuff PLUS my own stuff (videos, pics....).

I separately installed win 7 on each hard drive (both have the same win 7 copy and same licence). I disconnected one hard drive at a time while installing win 7 on the other to make sure MBP stays separately one copy on each drive.

Took a very long time, but finally everything worked. Now I have to back things up. I am not a computer pro. When work software is updated, it often crushes/corrupts my system. Reinstalling from the scratch takes entire day and I do not have time.

Here is what I would like/have questions:

1. When drive is corrupted, I do not have time to fix it. I would like to format it and load backed up image so that I can immediately start back online.
2. Each hard drive should stay independent, so if one fails, I can boot from the other and continue working. Each drive shoul be backed up separately, but ideally on the same external HDD.
3. Back up should have a bootable image, so that it is exact clone and can be booted independently.
4. Back up should be reliable and SIMPLE. I just want to clone each internal dr... Read more

A:Questions about most reliable backup

I backup my system partition (and also my data partitions) with free Macrium. In 5 years I never had problems recovering my system from those images - and I corrupt my system frequently because I always experiment with the OS. You can run the imaging in the background and a total OS recovery takes about 20 minutes (in my case).

Have a look at my tutorial. Maybe it helps. Imaging with free Macrium

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Until recently I backed up my files by just copying them to an external hard drive using the Seagate tool. This was nice, but took way too long.

Now I have setup a Windows 7 backup. This took quite long the first time as well, but now it runs every Sunday evening and is finished before I notice it is really working.
As backup device I am using an external hard drive that is fulltime connected to a media center pc in my garage. That way, if my desktop pc gets stolen or is lost in a fire I still have my backups.

Now I am wondering about a few things...
How safe is this way of backup? Can I trust that everything is going well? Is there a way to check if the backup ran ok? Is there an easy way to check (with a compare tool for example) if all files are actually in the backup?

If I reinstall my computer...can I just create a new backup schedule and save it to the same location? Or do I have to set it up again?

And will Windows automatically manage the data size on the external drive? I do not anticipate my data to grow larger than the external drive, but it may happen...

A:Is the Windows 7 backup reliable?

It is very rare that you can be given an absolute guarantee about anything, but the backup system is relaible; but it cant be guaranteed for 100%
The only way to test is to try it.
Once the back up partition is full the older back ups are deleted
System Protection - Change Disk Space Usage

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We have a Windows 2000 Server (PDC) and a handful of workstations. I've been searching for a reliable, easy-to-use, solution for backing up our data. Most solutions that seem to fit the bill are designed for the large enterprises - something I cannot justify in terms of cost vs ROI.

I've tried using Microsoft's backup but it fails every now and then to complete the backup - and the logs are empty.

Does anyone have suggestions for products to look at that allow me to:

* Schedule a backup of the server's data to a secondary machine on the domain. I'm happy to have workstations push data to the server for backup if required.

* Optionally backup the Operating System drive that would allow for quick recovery in the event of a total hard disk failure. In the past I've had to rebuild the server and then mess around with the workstations due to the accounts becoming invalid (no experience and I didn't know about this forum)

* Our server has RAID 1 - Ghost does not support RAID; I found out the hard way !!

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Reliable Backup Solution

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I have a windows XP system.

Are online backup services reliable. I cannot afford a backup system right now and would like to use an online service for a couple of months.

Suggestions for an online inexpensive, online backup service?

A:Reliable Online Backup Service

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Cheers Everyone,

Can anyone recommend good Backup Software for a Beginner and/or a reliable site that offers comprehensive feature comparison?

I've been to PCMag but their ratings compared to actual user ratings seemed to conflict.. And am not interested in Norton Ghost because I may need tech-support and, well, enough said.

If anyone has any advice, would love to hear it!


A:Choosing a Backup Utility - Where to Go for Reliable Reviews?

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Hey folks,

Any suggestions for reliable, safe, friendly backup shareware or freeware, or if necessary OTS?


A:Looking for Reliable, Friendly Backup Shareware or Freeware

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Let me say right off the bat that I'm not a fan of Windows. It just happens at the moment that I need to set up a Windows 7 system, and namely to set up a local backup. Let me give you the specs:

- Windows 7 Ultimate desktop
- Internal HDD: 932GB
- External HDD: 1.18TB

Initially I set up the built in "Backup and Restore" tool to do the backups, but the person who uses this Windows 7 tells me that the backup works for about a month and then shows an error, "The disk that your backup is saved on doesn't have enough free space" and nothing is backed up since.

Again, I'm not a fan of Microsoft, but I refuse to believe that they could sell a product that is dumb enough not to remove old backups to leave room for new ones. Anyway, there doesn't seem to be any option in the "Backup and Restore" to do that ... to the best of my knowledge. Although maybe someone will prove me wrong?

So my question is, what is the best solution to do local backups on external hard drive on Windows 7?

PS. I'm obviously looking for a "set it and forget it" type solution that doesn't require manual interaction. Is Microsoft capable of providing one?

A:Looking for a reliable local backup solution for Windows 7

Take a look at Download: SyncToy 2.1 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details.

I use the Echo feature and any changes to the source is reflected in the target. Under Help it show how to use task scheduler to run in auto mode.


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I've been using a 160GB WD Passport HDD for a very long time and just recently it has decided that I've over used it.

I'm looking for another hard drive that I can replace it with. I'm not looking for something with massive space, something similar would be good.

I used it as a place to install most of my programmes and all my games so that when getting a new computer or reformatting I wouldn't have to re-install everything. For this reason I need something that is fast and will last me for a good while.

Any suggestions?

A:A New Fast and Reliable External HDD Needed

the Iomega desktop Prestige is quite nice; various gb sizes .

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This video is found on YouTube for how to backup and how to restore a Registry.

Is that method safe?  Is that method reliable?  If there were a Registry problem with Windows, could the user restore a Registry while in SafeMode?
No current problems on my computer.  I am just interested in knowing and understanding.
(Windows Vista and sometimes Windows 7).

A:Is this method for backup and restore of Registry reliable and safe?

Well, If you restore from a registry backup as shown, and you had installed a program after that backup...that program will no longer work because the old registry entries that you've restored wouldn't include that program.
I'm not an expert on the registry either, but I would recommend you leave it be...and be sure that your computer is creating restore points. If you wind up having a configuration issue, you can go to system restore and go back to before the problem began.  as for malware, that would be another issue.

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I got a simple question, let me explain it like an example: Let's say I backup 100GB of data with Windows Backup and over the time where I do all my backups there is like only 30GB of data which changed from those 100GB and also new files were added. Now my external drive is full. When I now delete the very early backup, the first one where the 100GB of data was saved, will it delete then ALL those 100 GB, or will it just delete the previous versions of the files which were modified AFTER that time, which are in this case the 30GB I talked about? Because otherwhise I would then have in the end an uncomplete, messed up backup.

A:(windows Backup) deleting old backup states simple question

"because otherwhise I would then have in the end an uncomplete, messed up backup."

Correct. Windows by default does what is called "incremental backups". It takes a master image of the entire system per your direction, then on the schedule, it takes an inventory of only what has changed and backs up those changes. That is with a DATA BACKUP.

If you do SYSTEM IMAGE, it gives you two options you can set, from which are accessible from Manage Space > System Image/Change Settings:

You should have similar space management controls for your data backups as well. Since I only do a system image every week as my data is on a different drive than the OS, I do not.

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I formatted my external usb drive and I'm using it as a back up drive b/c my internals are stuffed. Isn't the purpose of backup software mainly to schedule your backups? I don't necessarily need that so...

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I got a My Passport Essential SE a few months ago and I've never got around in setting up the backup.

I just searched around and read that their smartware stuff is actually crapware.
If so, I would like to use some other backup software but I have no idea which free one is good and can provide live backup.

I will update the firmware of the drive and hide the smartware contents soon but for now, i am considering options of drive backup software.

any suggestions ?

A:Free backup software for a WD Drive?

WD comes with Acronis which is one of the best backup software you can get

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I have a couple big WD external drives for backing up my pc's and the backup software they came with I'm finding seems difficult to deal with (WD smartware I think it's called). Can anyone recommend an effective and simple backup software which will allow one huge backup then weekly followups to just keep the backup up to date (and not have to repeat backing up already backed up data).

Advice appreciated!

A:best software to backup pc to external drive

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I am considering getting an external drive to backup my PC to. I would not just want to back up my documents and files, but also my settings. The problem is that I would be backing up from a Windows 7 (32-bit) PC, but if my computer failed and I had to buy a new one, it would most likely be Windows 8.1, or later (64-bit).

I have 3 questions:-

1) What is the best external drive for this purpose (transfer speed would be important)?

2) What is the best cable to use and what do I need to check (compatibility etc.) before buying it?

3) What is the best software to use, given the fact that:-
a) I would most likely be restoring from Windows 7 (32-bit) to Windows 8.1 or later (64-bit) and
b) I would like to get software that is easy to use i.e utilises "user speak" rather than "techie speak".

Also, I've heard the term "system image". Other than my own documents and files, is this what I am looking for?


A:Backup Software & External Drive

This one is free and should be easy to use EaseUS Todo Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows Server/Workstation/PC
Amazon has plenty of external HDD's they are usually usb so if you have a usb 3 port then use a usb 3 drive if not then usb 2 and they generally have the cables. I used Amazon as you can pick the size and type in the left hand column, But you can buy anywhere that suits you.

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Hi! I have a Microsoft Update problem: Error code:80072EFD. Have decided to backup entire drive. Then, reinstall from Hp recovery manager recovery discs i've just made. Then, with automatic update working, one hopes, to reinstall the rest. Now, it is this "rest" that is the problem. Vista Home Premium backup, it seems is selective, neglects program files, etc.. I want to take all of my C drive, software too, and put it on DVD-Rs. Maybe the D partition as well, though the HP Recovery Manager may have already done that with the Recovery discs i've just made. If done within Vista, will running programs, OS, etc., vitiate total transfer of files? What would be the best freeware utility for the task? Thank you.

A:What is the best way to backup the entire C drive, software, too, onto DVD-rs?


Originally Posted by derritrane

Hi! I have a Microsoft Update problem: Error code:80072EFD. Have decided to backup entire drive. Then, reinstall from Hp recovery manager recovery discs i've just made. Then, with automatic update working, one hopes, to reinstall the rest. Now, it is this "rest" that is the problem. Vista Home Premium backup, it seems is selective, neglects program files, etc.. I want to take all of my C drive, software too, and put it on DVD-Rs. Maybe the D partition as well, though the HP Recovery Manager may have already done that with the Recovery discs i've just made. If done within Vista, will running programs, OS, etc., vitiate total transfer of files? What would be the best freeware utility for the task? Thank you.

Hi -

Error code 0x80072efd has to do with Internet connectivity issues dealing with the Microsoft servers for Vista installation activation. This is most likely the reason for Microsoft Update problems.

You cannot back up the entire Vista OS c: drive then simply copy it back after using the HP OEM Vista recovery DVDs. It will never work.

You can only back up files in your user profile folders - documents, pics, music, etc... ALL programs will have to be re-installed after you re-install Vista.

The HP recovery manager is among the worst piece of software that you can ever use for file backups - even those from the user profile folders. I can show yo... Read more

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I am in a job where I often have to transcribe word or word long speeches/interviews.
I was wondering if there was anything reliable out there that could automatically transcribe these spoken speeches and interviews for me from audio to text? Or at least shorten the time that it takes to do so?
I have not found much luck so far in this particular area as I've heard that voice recognition/other abilities have not yet reached the level where they can automatically transcribe things from audio to text. :/
However, I'm open to suggestions.
Thank you in advance,

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I had a recent post concerning Win 8.1 and HTC Sync. I now have to buy a new phone since I can't sync my HTC Inspire with Outlook, running on Win 8.1. Any suggestions as to which smartphones have reliable sync software available (free download?)? I'm interested in the Samsung Galaxy S4 and see that Samsung's sync software is Kies. However, there are mixed comments as to whether it works on Win 8.1. Thanks.

A:Which Smartphone and Reliable Sync Software?

I use a galaxy S4 and the iCloud outlook updater on the PC (Don't need an iPhone to use iCloud) , and iSynchr on the PC to synch the S4 with my iTunes music libraries.

might seem a weird process , but we all share the same iCloud family login here on iPhones and Android phones, I just added the iCloud calendar to the S4, so we know what each of us is doing and the phone type (not Windows phone though) doesn't matter..

I stick an appointment on my S4 , my wife sees it on her iPhone almost straight away...and our PC outlook calendars get updated too (Just provide outlook the correct calendar link to let it show the iCloud data.

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My suspicions have been proven true - S.M.A.R.T. Status Bad

Hard drive has been running as if read/writing often, and CPU has been running hot for little reason. Ran check disk, AV software, defrag, checking task manager often.

So I install Songbird because WMP12 has been acting like crap and viola come back a few hours later with a smart status bad, backup/replace.

I wish I could single out the problem - been looking for some smart diagnostics that are reliable and up to date. But am sure I'll have to replace my HD - F*CK!

It's only 1 1/2 years old - Seagate 750 gb OEM in an Asus Essentio 5570. Nice computer but this is ****ing outrageous - Shit I have a Presario from 2000 with much weaker specs (obviously) running Ubuntu like a champ.

Thought ASUS would be decent but now know better. Next computer was going to be a home-build anyways, might as well start now.

Now - Will my Geek Squad purchase prove it's worth?

I will see and I will make sure they provide the service I expect - but I should probably just get the HD and do it myself, but want to make sure I don't lose my OEM Win7 - I deserve a "second chance"


A:Reliable Free Ghosting Software?

You can always create a hard drive "image". I use Macrium Reflect to create my HDD image.

Norton Ghost is a reliable ghosting software - personally, I do not like using Symantec products. But it's up to you.

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I have tried out a number of different temperature monitors during my time helping within the crashing and debugging forums. I am now wondering if these monitors are accurate because they claim my desktop CPU is getting up to 76 C. Q9550 shows that the max is 71.4 C (or 76.4 C if one adds the 5 C), so I would be very surprised if my cores were actually getting to 76 C on a regular basis for the past two years without a catastrophic failure resulting. See the images attached for HWINFO, RealTemp, SpeedFan, and Core Temp in that order. I am wondering if the TJMax might be offset from 76 to 100 and that is causing the erroneous readings from my sensors.

Is there a better program for monitoring system temperatures than HWINFO, RealTemp, SpeedFan, and Core Temp?

A:More reliable software for hardware sensors?

I don't put a lot of faith in any of them.

Do any of them do anything other than try to read a number from the BIOS?

I've never made a study of them, but I don't really understand why they vary so much.

I use HWInfo, but don't take its readings too seriously.

I have a setting in my BIOS to set off an audio alarm if temps rise above a certain point that I can choose. As long as I don't hear that, I don't agonize over it.

What is the TJ Max on your processor? I wouldn't be surprised if you could operate for years in the 70s.

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I've been looking around for reliable software to monitor my CPU's temperature. I've tried Core Temp v0.99.5, but there is no way this can be correct as it shows my CPU at 95?C when under stress, yet my CPU's (C2D E6850) max temp is 70?C according to intel. Also the temperatures fluctuate wildy, 1 second it might read -32?C, the next 80?C.

I've also tried 'SpeedFan' Which seems more reliable to me as when 'Core Temp' says 95?C, SpeedFan shows 69?C, BUT i read somewhere it doesnt actually show me the real CPU temperature.

Are these inconsistencies compatibility issues? Or just incorrect software? Any suggestions?


P.S. yes i know my CPU is running very hot, but am waiting for new parts to be delivered as i speak

A:Reliable CPU temperature monitoring software

There's many different opinions about temperature software. But the gist of it is that it's reading a sensor on the motherboard in most cases (although I understand that there are starting to be readable sensors put on the CPU now).

Does your BIOS have a temperature section in it? If so, that may be the most reliable reading that you can get.

The max temp is the temp that is supposed to fry your CPU - but this temp is the best guess for all the CPU's that they built according to that specification. So some may survive hotter temps (but that's no guarantee).

If your system is running at 69?C - then you're having real issues.
If your system is running at 95?C - then you're likely to be destroying your CPU

Regardless - fix the overheating issues rather than fussing with the temps. You may fry your CPU while waiting for the parts - then you'll have to order a new CPU also!

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To check for bad sectors etc.
I have Hard disk Sentinel but it doesn't really tell you much.

A:Best reliable software for SSD health checking?

S.M.A.R.T. should be enough, there are plenty of programs that check it. I just use Speccy, have to click on a tiny hotspot labeled SMART Attributes in the storage drop down.

How much info do you want? SMART is where most software gets info from anyway.

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I am a beginning CD Burner user who recently switched from Windows 98 to Windows XP. The Roxio CD burning software that came with my Dell was a nightmare. Not only did it not burn properly, it corrupted two Office files of mine! The program has since been uninstalled. I than tried installing my Roxio CD-Creator program and got a bunch of "this program may make your drive unstable" and other annoying pop-up messages. There was an update for the program to make the software more stable with XP, but that didn't work for me either. (Couldn't find the info that they wanted to get the update to install) A check of product reviews from for Roxio products, suggests that this company's software, that worked so well with Windows 95/98 has turned into a joke with Windows XP. (Go to Amazon's site, and check out some of the horrible reviews for some of the Roxio products.) My version was Roxio CD Creator 5. It turns out that the cost for an upgrade is about $70! However, hearing bad things about Roxio's compatibility problems with XP, as well as non-existent tech support, makes me want to stay away from them.

What do you think of Nero CD Burning software for XP? I want something that is going to be easy and simple to use that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg. All that I am going to be burning are back ups of Office/Quicken files. Right now I am using floppies for back up, until I get a good software package. I would prefer... Read more

A:Need RELIABLE CD Burning Software For Windows XP

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New desktop with Windows 7 (64 bit) Home Premium.

I want to use a system backup to a 1 or 2 TB external hard drive. Should I use the software within Windows 7 or the software that comes with the external hard drive or other?

Is there a brand of hard drive whose software you can recommend?

Thanks, cb

A:Software for Backup to External Hard Drive

Welcome to SF. I would suggest Acronis software personally. What make is the hard drive and included software? I've also used the W7 back up and found if very capable.

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Hello Gang,

I just bought a new external hard drive from Transcend. It has a "one-touch backup" system that has a software to backup my computer. It seems really good from what I have been reading from the manual. It also says that it can encrypt it with 256-AES.

However, I am debating to whether use the software on the device or just use Windows Backup. I have Ultimate, so I can use BitLocker for an encryption solution here.

Also, I believe the Hard Drive is in FAT format. Should I change it to NTFS??

Thank you guys, I apologize for asking lots of questions..

A:Should I use Hard Drive's Software, or Windows Backup?

It's a matter of personal choice as to which backup software you use, but if you can't decide either way, you can use both.

For example, you could use Windows to create a system image, and then use Transcend's software to create incremental backups of of your personal data.

As for the hard drive's format, change it to NTFS as it can handle larger cluster sizes and it will be quicker. You can use the Windows Disk Management utility to do it, just delete the existing FAT partition then create a new NTFS one and give it a quick format.

In fact, you could create two partitions on it: one for a full system image backup and the other for incremental backups of your personal stuff.

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(1) External HDD

Looking for advice/recommendations for a powered external hard drive, to sit on the desk rather than portable.

My hard drive failed a couple of weeks back: luckily most files were backed up online. What I missed was a quicker way of retrieving them instead of downloading... fast broadband where I am isn't very fast! Still not quite through getting it back. Something here would be much easier in an emergency, with the online as a fallback. I did have this "double cover" with an external drive, but sod's law -- it bit the dust a few months ago and I hadn't got round to replacing it. After years without problems I'd got a bit complacent, thinking 'oh well, it's backed up online'. Well, most of it was (not quite all) and it saved my bacon, but I won't make the same mistake again!

The one I had, from quite a few years ago so it did extremely well, was a Maxtor/Seagate One-Touch with its own backup software and power supply, but if the new one doesn't have inbuilt software I can get that separately (see below).

As it's for the desk, I'd rather have something robust, not small, light and flimsy that could easily be knocked or pulled off. The Maxtor was good as it was chunky and weighty (about 1.5 kg). A good shape as it didn't have flat smooth surfaces like I see now: the metal casing was itself mostly encased in a protective nonslip rubbery-like compound (protection against knocks and dr... Read more

A:(1) Which external hard drive? (2) Backup software

I've got a couple 2 tb external passports; one WD, one Seagate, and use MS's Synchtoy to synch them each Friday (keep on at work, one at home).......that's always treated me fine.

I'm sure that there are better options for synch software, but got used to this with xp, never got rid of it.....

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After having abandoned my 35 GB Sony AIT Tape drive when I upgraded to Windows 7 as its backup software no longer supports tape drives, I just bought an HP LTO5 1.5 TB tape drive but will need to get a backup program. The HP page says you get a free download but I don't know if I'll be able to since I bought the drive used.

What backup programs support LTO tape drives and have these features:

Absolute necesscity:
-Ability to backup open files
-Ability to do incremental backups

Would be nice:
-Be able to restore without having to re-install Windows first
-Ability to set scheduled backups set to be on specific tapes and if the wrong tape is in it will request the correct one

I'd like the software to ideally be free but otherwise under $100.


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anyone recommend any software to backup a complete partition or drive to another partition or drive

i have 13gb on my C drive & want to duplicate to new hard drive - both are SATA

i have tried symantec ghost corporate edition but although the boot disk creates OK, it won't boot to gets all the way thru loading cd drivers etc. but seems to hang at the "loading...." point. i think it is trying to load the ghost.exe software in dos but it just won't go past it.

i have tried 2 or 3 floppies in case they were corrupt & taking some RAM out.

if i ctrl+alt+del when it is in hang state it says "invalid stack parameter" (or similar - i forget)....."system halted"

A:wohat software to backup hard drive


Have u tried to get in touch with symantec ? The reason that I ask is that You are going to need some DOS drivers to access SATA drives under DOS - and Thats where GHOST lives. If it can't see your drives, it will never back them up. I have been using GHost for a couple of years and if it can see the drives it works pretty good. I did not check the symantec web, give it a shot - maybe they have a driver for u.


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I would like to backup the hard drive on my laptop to dvd before I reformat it to reinstall the OS. I was wondering if there is any program that can backup my hard drive to DVDs and then later restore a bootable hard drive on its own. I don't want something that requires an OS pre-installed to do a restore (just in case my installation fails). I would prefer something that I can just boot off of that doesn't require an OS to restore the computer. Any ideas?


A:Software to backup and restore the hard drive

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Is there a free Virtual Drive program that anyone can recommend?

Ive got Daemon Manager but really can't understand how to use it

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Which drive do you want to emulate?

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Hi, Everyone - I occasionally have to share a large file between one person and another for work. I was using 'yousendit' which worked fine. they have changed to be 'hightail,' and they have a blog - at their blog, there are many comments circa oct 2013 about it now not working, and being buggy. So, I don't want to go with that.

I am looking for current suggestions of a site for file sharing. I am willing to pay a modest fee/month, like $10, to know it will work well and not junk up anyone's computer with any trashy downloader, and is very simple to use - I cannot spend a lot of time teaching people with various levels of web savvy and computer savvy how to make an acct, log in, work some elaborate, "unique" interface, and so on.

I would prefer a service where an email goes to the recipient's email address, they click on the link, and from that, easily select an option to download.

I am not sharing burned CDs or DVDs - I just need to share work-related audio recordings from the person recording to a transcriber.

When I look at reviews on the web, it seems that services change a lot over time, so I don't want to go for what had great reviews a year ago.

Please help with suggestions! -Thanks!

A:Reliable large file-sharing site needed... Yousendit closed

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Hi there! I am looking for powerful and reliable employee monitoring software for work computers. There are about 30 employees in my firm. Frankly speaking, I have made a search on Google, and got lost of results. However, all of them are too expensive for me and over the budget. I need the monitoring software to capture screenshots and thus I am able to see what they are doing at anytime anywhere. Is there anyone out there who is currently using such kind of software? Looking forward to your reply as soon as possible! I am sorry if it is wrong section to post here. I am just a newbie!message edited by laskisa

A:Need powerful and reliable employee monitoring software

First and foremost you need to consider the legal implications of spying on employees. What does your company have in place by way of policy regarding the use of company equipment? Does it align with legislature? Are the employees well aware of company imposed penalties regarding the breach of policy (Have they signed off on their awareness of the rules)? Are the penalties enforceable by local law?Are you allowed to monitor employees to this extent?There are many more scenarios which will probably be presented to you that should be seriously considered. The laws on "monitoring" vary from state to state. Country to country. Be familiar with them. Don't get caught in a legal wrangle that could destroy a small to medium sized business. I think you should focus on restriction. message edited by btk1w1

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Since Nero Burning ROM doesn't support Win7, I'm looking for an alternative. Anyone having any experience with BurnAware Free? The interface is OK, and it doesn't seems to be a bloatware / adware but is it any good? Is it reliable?

A:Is BurnAware Free a good and reliable software?

You can try other utilities also; eventually pick the one you enjoy working with the most. Googling burning software for Windows 7 returns many free and pay-for choices.

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Looking for reliable and compatible Anti Virus Software on Windows 7 64x.

After reading so many posting on the ServenForums I kind of layout these are the best 3 antivirus software, they are AVG Free Edition , Avast and Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE).

I had serious nightmare using AVG Free Edition on my Windows 7 x64, which constantly causing program or opening up file not responding. I honestly do not think I will go back on AVG again (Also, it takes too much memory on real time protection as well as scanning threads).

I would like to hear from everyone to see which one of the above anti-virus program is best in terms of Security Protection, Compatibilities to Windows 7 and performance.

What would everyone recommended the most ?

Thank you

Please Advise.

A:Looking for reliable and compatible Anti Virus Software

Anything but AVG and you'll be doing something right.

I like my Kaspersky, but you can't go wrong with MSE either.

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hi there,

Glady This is MY 1st post
Can you give me the link to download a reliable free popup blocker? One like Admuncher. But admucher is a shareware which allowing us to use its trial version for 30days only. so I need a reliable, free popup blocker software. Help me.

Thank you,

A:Need reliable, free popup blocker software

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I updated my system from a Dell XPS 8700 to a Dell XPS 8900. My 8700 had an SSD boot drive and 3 internal HDDs and several USB externals for backup. It worked well for backups. 8900 came with SSD but it was not setup as boot. Boot was a HDD. I moved operating system to SSD. Now when I backup, the HDDs transfer data at a reasonable rate, usually several hundred MB/min. The SSD is ridiculously slow, running at sometimes 0.5 mb/min. Rarely is it in triple digits per minute. It took over three days to backup 100 gb from SSD to external HDD? The other internal drives backup normally to the external drives. I have used Retrospect backup software for years and even tried updating to the latest version. It made no difference. Any ideas why the "fastest" drive would be the slowest to run backups?

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I have a Windows XP Pro SP2 laptop with Ultimaco SafeGuard Easy encryption software installed. I would like to make a backup or image of the drive [whatever would be more appropriate] to secure the data that is currently stored on the hard drive. The drive is 60 GB.

Does anyone know if it is possible to backup the drive or create an image of the drive for security purposes? Are there any particular drive backup/image software packages I should check out?

Also, I know when I log onto my computer, the data in unencrypted. When I shut it down, the data is again encrypted. Will the backed up data be encrypted too?

Any input or help appreciated.


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Looking for the drive overlay software for Connor Technologies Drive CT204. Connor Technologies went out of business in 1999 and pulled their website so the software is not available to download.

The problem I have is the drive is a 4.3gb hard drive and WinNT (clean install) only recognizes 2040mb of the entire drive. I loaded Partition Magic 6.0 thinking I could resize the drive and get Error #128 which says that the geometry of the drive is not industry standard and may be caused by a drive overlay software. Use the software diskette to uninstall the software. The software disk did not come with the disk order.

Partition Magic Tech Support suggested I try fdisk /mbr and suggested I get the software to uninstall it otherwise I am stuck with a 2gb drive. Down the road aways, I can see problems with this drive and would like the issue resolved prior to loading any software. I've got 4 drives to work with. My other alternative is RMA'ing the drives but then I am still back to step 1 looking for hard drives 6gb or less that will work in my machines. (HP Vectra Series 7 - PII 233mhz with 64mb memory - bios is current. Even 10gb drives pick up as 8.55gb and then I run into problems with Norton or Mcafee AV software not being able to see the entire drive and error out because they cannot read the MBR. Norton has even corrupted profiles before due to this issue.)

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Hard Drive Overlay Software Needed

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I keep trying to use the backup software that comes with Windows but it never does the scheduled backup like its supposed to... Does any one have any suggestions for different software that may run alittle better, i will be running it on an XP Pro machine.

A:Solved: Need backup software for Certance Travan Tape Drive

Just in case anyone runs into the same problems i had with the built in backup programs, i went out and tested a few programs and found Genie Backup Manager Pro... easy to use and runs when its supposed to... it doesn't seem to be too expensive either only 70 bones...

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I'm looking for some hard drive backup/restore software with some specific requirements: I need to be able to backup a partition into a single file (ideally compressed) then this must be able to be restored from a USB drive/stick. Ideally if there was an option to make the USB memory stick bootable so all the user needed to do was insert the stick, boot the PC and follow the restore instructions - that would do the job.

I've used Ghost (ages ago) which I believe could do something similar but I'm not sure that the latest version will from what I've read.


A:Can anyone recommend some good hard drive backup/restore software

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Hi. My parents finally agreed to replace their aging Gateway. It was 8 years old, and running horribly slow, and I was tired of cleaning it up. A few years back, my brother bought my parents a backup drive that would run nightly backups without them having to do anything. It was a WD Dual-option External Hard Drive, and it runs Retrospect backup software, version 6.5. I have since found out that the auto-backup feature somehow got turned off, and no backups have been done since July. Anyway, they bought a new Dell 620, core i5 with 6GB ram...probably overkill for them right now, but they wanted something fast for a change, and I think they'll be happy with this one.

Well, the new PC came in this past weekend, and as I have been out of town, I had not yet been able to set it up for them, so I was going to try sometime this week. Well, wouldn't you know, the old Gateway crashed this morning - gave the BSOD, and my mom called me today at work to give me the news, asking when I could "fix everything". So I go over there tonight, and I can't even get the Gateway to boot in safe mode...I mean, it just did a quick blip of the setup screen, then gave an error. Nothing. I tried everything. Hitting F1, F2, F8...F12 even...all to no avail. (I have a boot cd so I was prepared to run some diags and see what the issue was).

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I have a HP Pavilion a1767c that will no longer boot to Desktop in Normal or Safe Mode. I'm ready to run a Factory Restore, but would like to copy all the data from the Hard Drive for temporary storage, then after the Factory Restore, copy the data back over.

The Hard Drive has a Recovery Partition (Vista) and a "Regular" partition, and so I do not want to copy the whole (physical) hard drive, just the data on the regular partition. I don't want to mess with permissions issues, system & hidden files, etc... I just want to push a few buttons, and come back a few hours later and have all the data copied.

I'll be copying the data from the hard drive while it's mounted to an external USB caddy, to a secondary HD on my computer, then after the Factory Restore, I'll remount the HD in the caddy and copy the data back.

Is there a software that will do this?

A:[SOLVED] Need Recommendation for Software to Copy/Backup Hard Drive

Use an Ubuntu Live CD

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I just have to resize my partitions in using WinXP or Windows 7. What software can I download that is easy to use and reliable that is free or has a trial period? I only need to use it for a day.

A:What is the most reliable and easiest to use free/trial partition resizing software

I use Parted Magic, download the .iso, burn to CD (not copy), set bios to boot from CD and I've never had any problems. Free and you've got a CD with it on for future use.

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My 500 GB NTFS hard drive running windows vista DELETED all it's files except some of the most basic windows ones that where in use at the time.

This happened because I put the wrong setting into a program I was running, I now cannot boot up in vista, and I'm running Ubuntu from another hard drive in the same computer.

I have not used the HDD since this happened to avoid overwriting the deleted files, and I'm looking for a way to get all those 450 GB worth of files back.

Do you know of any software (freeware if possible) that can help me (it must be able to run from a cd or from linux)?

A:Software recommendation needed, to recover almost all the files on a hard drive.

I had to install windows on my other drive i was able to recover it all with a prog called 'freeundelete'.

No thanks to you guys...

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My 500 GB NTFS hard drive running windows vista DELETED all it's files except some of the most basic windows ones that where in use at the time.

This happened because I put the wrong setting into a program I was running, I now cannot boot up in vista, and I'm running Ubuntu from another hard drive in the same computer.

I have not used the HDD since this happened to avoid overwriting the deleted files, and I'm looking for a way to get to get all those 450 GB worth of files back!

Do you know of any software (freeware if possible) that can help me?

A:Software recommendation needed, to recover almost all the files on a hard drive.

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I've been looking all around the internet for 2 months for my answer, yet I haven't been able to do this. It seems simple to me. Why can't I find an answer for this question...

How do you re-format the C drive?

It seems at least simple to me. That's all I want to so. I have two paritions, C and D. C is my system partition, and install Windows XP Pro on it. That's all. In XP setup, it will not let me format it, so to me in theory, I'm at a dead end. So I've installed XP on the C drive three times, all in the same folder, and now it has taken up 10 GB (why?) of space when it only should take no more than 4.

A:Simple question, not so simple answer, reformat C Drive

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can you suggest a software for video editing? i'm lookig for a simple software that will help me to:

-"pixalize" some areas of the videos of my digital camera.
- cutting parts of videos.
- simple saving of the videos with similar video quality.


A:can you suggest a software for video editing? i'm lookig for a simple software that w

There is really no proper freeware available which is as easy to use as Audacity.

If you are looking for a freeware and up for some reading and experimentation then go for VirtualDub. Literally it can do almost anyhting that a paid one can do, but it is really for some techie mind.

Otherwise, you can go for Pinnacle's or Ulead's any home solution products. Those will be cheaper and produces good result and very user friendly. I suggest that you check out Ulead's Video Studio.

Hope this helps you.

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This has been kicked around here for a while and there is even a pinned topic. However, that one is 3 yrs. old. The perimeters I seek are that it must have a pro version, be user-friendly and have been used by no less than five of of the administrators, moderators and advisers here on bleeping computer. I would say more, but that number may be too high. This means that those who reply can't be selling their product. I want the 'known' experts to be able to convey their expertise without having to deal with the rhetoric that usually accompanies this topic. Also, this should be updated on a continuous basis. That is because the things we're trying to protect ourselves from are continuous and persistent.

So, that said, the forum is yours! Please discuss it amongst yourselves and share with us, the unaware, unknowing, and the one's listening, your list of software that would protect us.

I shall call you the Knights of the Software Table.

A:What are the most reliable and effective free anti-virus, mal/adware, firewall and/or internet security software available, to-...

I am interested in the answer to this question, too. Since I have my "brand new' computer up and going again, I want to know what to put on it.

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my wd caviar se hard drive just over one year old crashed--is that a good brand or are there more reliable ones?


A:what's a reliable hard drive?

Western Digital is known to be a good brand as well as seagate. The two now, are one as they merged earlier this year. The fact is most hard drives on the market today are very reliable as hard drives has been produced since the 1960s. Heat is the #1 killer of drives.

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I don't know if I'm just unlucky but my DVD drives seem to fail after a couple of years, and even when they work they tend to be temperamental about which DVD's they will play. I'm now looking to buy a DVD drive again and I'm thinking: Should I just get the cheapest one I can find and replace it when it fails. Or is there a very reliable make out there that will easily play all DVD's without complaining.

I'm also considering getting a ROM only drive for cheapness.

I would be grateful for any advice.
WinXP Pro SP2

A:Solved: What reliable DVD drive to buy?

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The story is...
I bought the WESTERN DIGITAL WD15EVDS 1.5TB AV-GP SATA2 9(nine) months ago
and yesterday suddenly has stop responding,i tried everything,but is dead/broken.
I have 3 years warranty so today i took it back to the shop,they check it and as i said they said,is dead/broken and i can take anything i like in the same price.
I use this hard disk for E:\ for storage and downloads 24 hours per day,my pc never turn off.
So which hard drive is more reliable?
SEAGATE BARRACUDA 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB

If you have any other suggestion please do,but have in mind that i need a hard disk who can withstand the never stop work.

A:Which hard drive is more reliable?

You might want to look at WD Cavier Black, has 32mb cache and 5 year warranty. I have two of them with never a problem.

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Hi there,

I have an external HD and just want to backup my files. I have my Itunes and phtoos backed up through ye olde drag and drop but thought I should really backup my registry and backup everything (in case it all goes pear shaped).

In simple terms what's the best way to do this?

A:Simple backup

Assuming you are including your Windows installation as part of "everything", the best way would be through an image. You could use Windows to do that, or Macrium, or Acronis.

If by "everything", you mean only "all of my personal data, but not my Windows installation", you could use drag and drop or any of several applications designed to back up personal data only (not Windows), such as Karen's Replicator or Second Copy.

If you make an image of a partition, the image will include any personal files that happen to be on that partition, but you should also back up personal data in some way other way, rather than relying solely on the image. Why?? Because image backups don't always work.

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Windows 8.1 - I am looking for a simple to use, way of backing up my documents folder to a remote hard drive, backing up in incremental form and at a preset time every day.


A:Simple backup.

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I recently suffered HDD failure and managed to backup all important data from the drive after quite a bit of help from forum members and a few hours of research. Here is a link to said post:

My question now is this: Is this drive reliable after suffering the failure that it did? If it were to boot in it's current state, could I trust it or has it's integrity been permanently breached? If I were to reformat said drive, would that fix the bad sectors, errors, or whatever else was wrong with it?

Or should I use this drive as nothing more than a paper weight at this point?

Thanks in advance for any advice

A:HDD reformat after drive failure; reliable?

On a drive that has given you problems like you had, I would run the Manufacturers HDD test software and test the drive thoroughly. Do not just do the Quick Test. DO the full test. If the tests pass then you can use the drive, however I would be leary of putting any mission critical data on this drive. If you do make sure that you have a complete back up of everything on separate media or another drive. Remember Data that you don't have at least 2 back ups of, is data you dont really care about.

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Hey everyone, first post here so hopefully someone can help me.

I have two external hard drives...well did. Both my external drives over the last 4 months have died along with a ton of my personal videos(I'm a film major). One is a Maxtor the other is a Fantom drive I believe, but my question isn't about that.

What I am wondering, is if making your own external hard drive is more reliable then store bought ones? I've read in some places they are because you can add fans which the ones I have don't contain plus you can have more space(although with my experience they die before you can use it all).

If anyone has an answer, it would be much appreciated.

Thank you

A:DIY External Hard Drive more reliable

not really any difference, my friend is a film guy too lol and he tried to make his own. a fan isnt really a need in a external HD tho might make it a bit better. If you can make one for cheaper then the store go for it, but they are about the same id say.

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Suggestions for a reliable external Hard Drive

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Hi all I currently save all my content downloads ext. externally, to my windows system i.e. on a separate disk, two 1000GB mirrored , I also have a 750GB on a enclosure (sold on ebay as 1000 Grr lol) but this drive died but the disk inside still ok just moved to a new enclosure, which I use to back up the two mirrored drives, essential when setting up new raid lol

So my Question is because I'm using a lot of that space of 750GB one, what's my best options for upgrading this drive, or should I be buy a new super drive with 3000GB but isn't that like putting all your eggs in one basket ....... what u think ?

A:Reliable external hard drive

You can easily find all kinds of horror stories about any brand you name, therefore, as you say, don't put all eggs in one basket.

That means having a minimum of 2 copies of everything you care about. Preferably 1 off site. Preferably a third copy of your most important files.

Better to concern yourself with that than with "reliable" hard drives. None of them are as reliable as you want and all will fail. Expect that and render it meaningless because you have multiple copies.

I'd consider recent generation SSDs more reliable than HDDs, but they are still cost-prohibitive in larger sizes. Even then, I'd have multiple backups.

I have all data on an internal HDD and backups of all data on another internal HDD. I run this backup daily.

I also copy my most important files to a USB thumb drive once a month. And every couple of months, I make a third copy of all data to another HDD through an external dock. I don't have an external HDD in an enclosure.

I'd just abandon the notion of a "reliable" drive--or at least the notion that you have any way of determining reliability beyond anecdotes or questionable studies of the issue.

Lots of talk around that HD quality has generally declined over the last few years. Judging from complaints I see, there may be something to it, but you don't have much choice if you need more storage. Flip a coin. Maybe shop based on price, allegations of good or bad customer service, or warranty.

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A:What in your opinion is the most reliable hard drive you can buy today?

Western Digital

Never had problems with any WD products. I'm still running an 80gb WD Caviar 7200rpm IDE drive in my wife's comp (formerly my comp) that I've had running almost non-stop since 2001.

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Sup guys,

So far I have 3 failed drives/problems.

I'm looking to purchase a reliable hard drive that runs pretty cool. My old drives were so hot they were near untouchable. I believe one of my drives cooked itself. I have enough cooling for my system (but I don't hard any HD coolers). They were all Western Digital. 3 bad drives in 2 years

Can anyone recommend cool reliable hard drives, preferably sata drives?
Hopefully there is such a drive, if not I will have to resort to a HD cooler. Which maybe I must since I HATE these HD failures.

edit: well drives that get warm. unlike my drive it becomes untouchable.


A:Hard drive shopping. Cool and reliable?

i've never heard of drives specifically made to run cool. When i built my system 3 years ago, i kept having high cpu temps and after a few cooling upgrades, the temps were still high and it ended up being because I am using a RAID 0 with 2 hdd's and they just weren't getting any air flow. I recommend putting some fans at least in front of your hdd's. I mounted hdd coolers to the bottom of both of my hdd's and it has dropped my cpu temps 10 degrees. Make sure you aren't putting your pc in a closed cabinet of some sort. And make sure your case has a constant airflow preferrably from the front towards and out the back. Hope this helps...

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I wish to have a backup system. Can you tell me whether I am off base with the following plan.

I have two desktops (w98 & wxp) and one laptop (wxp). I have a modem going into a D-Link router. My w98 and wxp are connected to the router and are networked. The laptop is also in the same network and can be connected to the router as needed.

Now, my plan is to get an external hard drive and connect it through USB to my wxp. I am assuming that it will be in the network. Then I will divide the ehd into SEVEN partitions. ONE will be for frequently scheduled backup of all of my personal data from each of the three computers. The REMAINING SIX will be TWO partitions for EACH of the THREE computers, to be used alternately for a total drive image backup at infrequent intervals. (Thus, if something goes wrong during a drive imaging, I haven't lost the last one by overwriting it.) I would use DriveImage or Ghost, depending on your recommendations.

So simple. But I'll bet there are all sorts of complications, aren't there?

A:Backup Scheme, too simple, right?

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I have been using Memeo Backup for some time, and it seems to do what I would like - it monitors my activity, and when it identifies a new or changed document it copies it to a largs exernal disk that I use for backup. However, it seems to be badly affecting performance and so on (in that the performance difference between running with it on and off is significant). I thus would like to replace it, and i suspect that I need something more passive (that is it backs up my documents at a set time) as the think I like about Memeo (Monitoring changes) is the thing that slows my system down.

Can anyone make any suggestions which system I should use? My requirements are fairly simple:I would like to be able to define the directories I back up
I would like it only to back up changed or added files (i.e only do a delta backup)
I would like to be able to recover individual files as well as the whole system
I would like to be able to set up when I want it to back up
Would you suggest the inbuild Windows backup system?

A:Simple Document Backup

I like FileBackupEX, but there are many others.

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I have an aversion to bloated backup applications, proprietary formats, and complex strategies for backing up.

So here's how I do backups.

All my data files are in a small number (~5) of readily identifiable folders in the root of a drive on my computer ("Drive E"). None are in the \Windows, \Documents and Settings, or \User folders. Every couple of weeks or so all these data files are synced to an external drive ("Drive F"). The external drive contains exact dupes - no compression is done.

In between the syncing sessions, any new or altered files are automatically copied nightly to a folder ("C:\NightlyBackups\") in the root of the boot drive of the computer ("Drive C"). Each night, a new sub-folder is automatically created, so that no files get over-written.

Every couple of months or so, I take Drive F and store it off-site, and replace it with another external drive, Drive G, which was previously offsite. After that, Drive G becomes the drive that I sync the data to.

After a syncing session, I delete everything in C:\NightlyBackups, and that folder starts filling up again nightly with new files.

For now I don't back up the operating system or program files.

The prog I use to do the backing up is FreeByte Backup (freeware). It might be possible to configure XCopy or similar to do this. The scheduling is done by Windows Task Scheduler (thanks for the help, Tooken). So the cost of the software is zero.

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A:A simple backup method

If it works for you, I'd stay with it. Better that you use something you are highly familiar with through years of use.

Good that you are doing ordinary uncompressed file copies rather than relying on an image.

Only minor quibble I would have is relying on a scheduler. When they work, fine, but I'd be (slightly) afraid that I was becoming complacent and that it was another point of possible failure. I make backups purely manually as it keeps my head in the game and I can witness the progress as it occurs.

You don't over-write every night. I do, but that's personal preference. If I modify file X at noon and run my normal backup at 6 pm, then file X on my backup is also over-written with the noon version. If I wanted an earlier version of file X, I'd have to rely on either of my separate monthly or quarterly drag and drops of data. I have no way of going back to a 4 day old version of a file if it has been modified in the interim, but it hasn't caused me a problem yet in many years. My data file turnover rate is quite low--typically less than 50 new or modified files a day out of about 90,000.

My daily backup is of all data and is made to an internal hard drive, overwriting earlier versions. I use FreeFileSync.

My monthly backup is a drag and drop of my most important data, to a newly formatted USB thumb drive.

My quarterly backup is a drag and drop of all data to a newly formatted standard hard drive placed in an external dock.

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Subject HP Simple Backup
Question Windows 98SE IE6 SP1 HD=6GB RAM=192MB
HP CD-WRITER 9110i using HP Simple Backup v4.2(Veritas).
When attempting to make a Disaster Recovery Set, I get an error message as follows:
"An error occurred while preparing the bootable media. Please make sure there is enough free disk space and try again Error 410 C:/PROGRAM FILES/HP SIMPLE BACKUP/TMP1.DIR/amsint.mpd"
Would appreciate any help.

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I have vista on Compaq Presario 500 lap-top. Having had much trouble with full disc back-up programmes, I am looking for something simpler to back up my files, etc, which will not mess up my computer. Does anyone have any recommendations, not necessarily free. Allan.

A:Simple backup programme

You could look at something like Macrium Reflect, which provides free or paid-for options (with obvious limitations on the former). I use Allway Sync for my own backup needs, since it's intuitive and works well for me. They also have a free option, albeit limiting the amount of data you can back up.

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Hey, my first time here, I have no sound on my pc, downloaded & installed sound card driver on two occasions, along with the provided patch, .....yet thay B no sound.....I've got creative labs, "soundblaster live! 5.1"...... I'm not sure what the problem's plugged up, power is on, no conflicts in device manager.........don't know if I can roll back the driver cause I just reformatted....I didn't check before installing drivers if sound was working, ... so any help would be great, I'm just not sure what to check or do, Thanks.

A:probably simple, but help needed.

To check the simplest things first:
Make sure the speakers are plugged into the correct port of the sound card. If the tiny icons next to each port can't be deciphered, check it out through trial and error.

Double click on the volume icon in the system tray and make sure the speakers aren't muted by the software and/or the volume isn't turned all the way down.

Check the speakers themselves for volume controls. If they have their own volume control, make sure it's not turned all the way down.

If you have a sub woofer, see if it has its own volume control and, if so, that it's not turned all the way down.

I doubt there's anybody involved with computers for any length of time who hasn't fought a "no sound" problem, sometimes for a considerable time, only to finally discover that one of the above was all that needed adjusting.

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I'm preparing to upgrade from Windows 2000 professional to XP. I would like a perfect backup of my C: drive in case the worst happens and XP kills my computer (so I can revert back to 2000 and my old system without a problem). I have 2 hard drives so I have the room to put an exact image of my C: drive onto the slave drive. Just wanting to get some feedback as to the best way to do this.

So far I just used the "backup now" option in Windows 2000 and saved a .bkf file of my entire drive to the slave. It actually didn't take up that much space--the .bkf must contain some sort of compression.

Anyway, is this the best way to go about protecting myself or would it be worthwhile to instead invest in a 3rd party backup program instead before undertaking this? There are tons of programs out there of course, Norton Ghost, Backup Now, GoBack, or what have you. If Windows' option works well I don't know why people would buy a 3rd party program but I hear about it a lot so I thought I'd ask. Anyone ever restored an entire system from a windows .bkf file before and had difficulty? Protecting myself is pretty important to me.

Any advice would be helpful.

A:Computer backup before upgrade to XP--backup software suggestions,.bkf files,etc?

With the windows backup you have to reinstall windows and then restore the backup to get back to where you were. I use and love ghost because it makes a 100% exact copy of EVERYTHING and all you have to do to get it back is to restore the image and you're up a going again - no need to reinstall windows. Is also fast and can clone one drive to another or create an Image file.

GoBack I don't like and Backup Now needs windows to be installed to restore the backup

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G'day everyone

Does anyone know of a simple backup program that is capable of backing up large files incrementally by splitting the file and backing up only changed parts of the file? The files I'm talking about are files that get altered by appending stuff at the end of the file, e.g. log files or mailbox files, so it's generally possible to split a new version of the file at the exact point where the old version stopped, purely by file size.

Specifically, I want to back up Thunderbird and SeaMonkey mailboxes without having to create additional subfolders within those programs.

I understand that if something had changed near the beginning of the file, then the whole file will have to be backed up, unless the backup program is capable of some very clever searching, but mostly the files will change only by having data appended to it.


A:Backup software that splits large files for incremental backup

You may want to rethink incremental backups. Where I worked, until I retired, we first used incremental backups for our servers. That seemed like a good approach - make an initial full backup on one day of the week and then only incrementals the rest of the week. That allowed smaller backups however when it came time to restore it was a nightmare making sure the incrementals were installed in the proper order, and it took much longer to restore. A decision was made to only do full backups every night and although the backup was bigger if a restore was needed there was no confusion on order of reinstall and it took less time.

I do the same thing with my own PC backups. I use Acronis True Image, which has incremental backup ability, but I only do full hard drive backups, to a separate hard drive.

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I have been having bad luck with hard drives lately. The original WD drive in my W7 i7 PC died about a month ago as a result of a brief power failure in my area. My local shop installed another WD (500TB) unit which seemed to have issues from the start (failed the WDC test utilities).

So I wanted to pulse the community to see what the current story is on HD's and reliability. I have read a number of posts about quality problems with WDC but I used to see lots of posts about problems with Seagate.

So what to do? Which brand or model should I be looking at to get a decent drive that won't die in a few months? This is simply for a home office desktop running Office 2010 apps and typical web browsing. I'd spend a little extra for higher reliability. Screaming performance is not really an issue.

A:Recommend a reliable hard drive for home office

Look into Enterprise drives from either Western Digital or Seagate.

Western Digital: - Western Digital WD RE4 WD1003FBYX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Enterprise Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Seagate: - Seagate Constellation ES ST1000NM0031 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive with Secure Encryption -Bare Drive

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Basically I am currently building a new pc for me to use while i'm at uni. My course is Computing and Games Development, so I am assuming I will need to store a lot on my computer so a lot of storage space would be good. I also want it to be reliable, and not just break after a year or so, so something with a long warranty would be good. I also plan to play WoW and GW2 a bit, and will probably end up getting some games with much better graphics to play while I am bored, so I think I will need to get a good graphics card. I was going to use the nvidia geforce 8800 gtx from my old pc, but that's old now and won't be any good for newer games, so I have left it in my old pc to use for WoW when I'm at home for holidays. So basically I need a good graphics card that's reasonably priced and will play new games on decent settings with a good frame rate.
The parts I have for the new PC so far are:
Intel Core i5 3570 3.40GHz Quad Core CPU
Corsair 8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Asus P877-V LX z77 Ivybridge Motherboard
Cooler Master Elite Case
A Corsair 750W 80 plus bronze power supply (can't remember exact name)

A:Need a good, reliable hard drive or SSD and graphics card

Welcome to the forums.
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black or RE
SSD - I like Crucial or Intel
Reasonable price good performance the Radeon HD 6870 is hard to beat.

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