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« on: June 17, 2010, 02:15:52 AM »
I have been having a really difficult time getting my new (to me) desktop working. Some of this might have been avoided. Sometime back I got some free Paragon backup software from 'Giveaway of the Day'. If you install the software within the 24 hour period then you get a code and key to make the software work. So month after month my 'stuff' has been backuped to an external drive. Now comes the day when I need it. Well of course all of my 'stuff' is on the external drive BUT the software is no longer on my PC. Sooo, I need to reinstall the software. Well of course I can't -- since it was free on that day long ago it is no longer free so I can't install the software. So my 'stuff' is not reachable.    :angry:

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Re: Free Software
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2010, 09:10:11 AM »
The free backup software I install on my customers machines is Comodo Backup
http://backup.comodo.com/

How did the other backup program store the files? Are the files all stored in 1 single file? if so a lot of times the file is just a zip file renamed to something else, you can try and see if 7zip http://www.7-zip.org/ can extract the files from it.  :wink:

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Re: Free Software
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2010, 08:25:18 AM »
Paragon's backup software usually comes with an file that you can burn to a disc so that you can boot your computer into a paragon recovery environment specifically for your situation.  If you can tell me what software it was specifically (Paragon has a ton of different backup solutions) then I can be more specific.  Hopefully though the backups are just in a Zip format like Shane suggested.

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Re: Free Software
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2010, 02:22:52 AM »
Well I guess I'm kinda finished with trying to get anything else from the backups. I had also done backups with Seagate and their stuff was all there so I got most all of her pictures back which was the last biggie.

However, I would like some opinions about MS Backup -- it sounds pretty good and free. What about Carbonite? Does anyone use it? Is it worth the money?

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Re: Free Software
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2010, 08:58:50 AM »
Online backups are pointless really. They are fine if you have little data. But when you have tons and tons of data? I have over 300gb of backup I do nightly. To external drives it takes 4 - 6 hours. Online? With a crap connection? I will have grand kids by the time it is done lol. Plus I like being in control.

The comodo backup is free and will do the job. A backup is nothing more than making a copy of your files, why pay for it  :wink:

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Re: Free Software
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2010, 04:57:13 AM »
What's your opinion of MS Backup?

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2010, 12:32:08 PM »
Very basic and right to the point, If it works for you then your fine to go. Like I said a backup is nothing more than a copy of your data. SO just make sure you find something that is good at that, and good at verifying the data got backed up properly.

There has been plenty of server jobs where I used MS backup. The truly main thing I look for, that MS backup doesn't have (Last time I checked) was an email option. Comodo backup does.

I set up a LOT of networks for my customers and have auto backups in place. I have those backups email my customer daily. So when the customer doesn't get an email they know to call me and make sure the backups are working  :wink:

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Re: Free Software
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2010, 01:38:06 AM »
Thanks. I reckon this one cam go away now.    :cheesy:

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Re: Free Software
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2010, 08:03:00 AM »
Sounds good :-)

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Re: Free Software
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2010, 08:03:00 AM »