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Backup program needed

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Henry, Jul 31, 2010.

  1. Henry

    Henry Flightless Bird

    Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.

    I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now I'm
    looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the Seagate
    isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule rather than
    when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless because I don't
    have all of my folders under My Documents so I have to make folder
    pairs for each folder.

    If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like to
    be able to have the program run and only change the folders/files that
    have changed since the last time I backed up.

    Thanks

    Henry
     
  2. Bob CP

    Bob CP Flightless Bird

    On 7/31/2010 5:24 PM, Henry wrote:
    > Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >
    > I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now I'm
    > looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the Seagate
    > isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule rather than
    > when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless because I don't have
    > all of my folders under My Documents so I have to make folder pairs for
    > each folder.
    >
    > If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like to be
    > able to have the program run and only change the folders/files that have
    > changed since the last time I backed up.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Henry

    Among others...

    http://xxclone.com/
     
  3. Pooky

    Pooky Flightless Bird

    I have good experiences with this program :)

    http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm

    "Bob CP" <ctcboater@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
    news:i3279i$mv$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > On 7/31/2010 5:24 PM, Henry wrote:
    >> Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >>
    >> I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now I'm
    >> looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the Seagate
    >> isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule rather than
    >> when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless because I don't have
    >> all of my folders under My Documents so I have to make folder pairs for
    >> each folder.
    >>
    >> If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like to be
    >> able to have the program run and only change the folders/files that have
    >> changed since the last time I backed up.
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Henry

    > Among others...
    >
    > http://xxclone.com/
     
  4. Gerald Ross

    Gerald Ross Flightless Bird

    Henry wrote:
    > Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >
    > I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now I'm
    > looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the Seagate
    > isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule rather than
    > when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless because I don't
    > have all of my folders under My Documents so I have to make folder
    > pairs for each folder.
    >
    > If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like to
    > be able to have the program run and only change the folders/files that
    > have changed since the last time I backed up.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Henry


    Perfect Disk works for me.

    --
    Gerald Ross
    Cochran, GA

    A computer's attention span is as long
    as it's power cord.
     
  5. Gerald Ross

    Gerald Ross Flightless Bird

    Gerald Ross wrote:
    > Henry wrote:
    >> Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >>
    >> I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now I'm
    >> looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the Seagate
    >> isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule rather than
    >> when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless because I don't
    >> have all of my folders under My Documents so I have to make folder
    >> pairs for each folder.
    >>
    >> If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like to
    >> be able to have the program run and only change the folders/files that
    >> have changed since the last time I backed up.
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >>
    >> Henry

    >
    > Perfect Disk works for me.
    >

    Duh! Meant Acronis.

    --
    Gerald Ross
    Cochran, GA

    A computer's attention span is as long
    as it's power cord.
     
  6. choro

    choro Flightless Bird

    Gerald Ross wrote:
    > Gerald Ross wrote:
    >> Henry wrote:
    >>> Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >>>
    >>> I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now
    >>> I'm looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the
    >>> Seagate isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule
    >>> rather than when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless
    >>> because I don't have all of my folders under My Documents so I
    >>> have to make folder pairs for each folder.
    >>>
    >>> If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd
    >>> like to be able to have the program run and only change the
    >>> folders/files that have changed since the last time I backed up.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks
    >>>
    >>> Henry

    >>
    >> Perfect Disk works for me.
    >>

    > Duh! Meant Acronis.


    But Acronis makes images, doesn't it? How about a program that makes
    individual copies of files and folders that are instantly accessible on any
    computer? In other words an exact replica of My Documents and other such
    folders including sub-folders?
    --
    choro
    *****
     
  7. Anthony Buckland

    Anthony Buckland Flightless Bird

    "Henry" <wa0goz@arrl.net> wrote in message
    news:i3249e$4gq$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >
    > I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now I'm
    > looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the Seagate
    > isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule rather than when
    > you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless because I don't have all of
    > my folders under My Documents so I have to make folder pairs for each
    > folder.
    >
    > If there is something free out there that would be great.


    On the last point, you want to have one of the
    most important functions on your machine,
    backup and safe restore, done for free?
    What you get as a result will be worth every
    penny you actually paid for it.

    In general, though, most of us go for backup
    schemes that not only restore files other than
    My Documents, but restore the entire contents,
    byte by byte, of our C: partitions. Acronis True
    Image is an example, but not the only one.
     
  8. Anthony Buckland

    Anthony Buckland Flightless Bird

    "choro" <choro@tvco.net> wrote in message
    news:g925o.9506$zo4.6203@hurricane...
    > Gerald Ross wrote:
    >> Gerald Ross wrote:
    >>> Henry wrote:
    >>>> Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >>>>
    >>>> I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now
    >>>> I'm looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the
    >>>> Seagate isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule
    >>>> rather than when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless
    >>>> because I don't have all of my folders under My Documents so I
    >>>> have to make folder pairs for each folder.
    >>>>
    >>>> If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd
    >>>> like to be able to have the program run and only change the
    >>>> folders/files that have changed since the last time I backed up.
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks
    >>>>
    >>>> Henry
    >>>
    >>> Perfect Disk works for me.
    >>>

    >> Duh! Meant Acronis.

    >
    > But Acronis makes images, doesn't it? How about a program that makes
    > individual copies of files and folders that are instantly accessible on
    > any computer? In other words an exact replica of My Documents and other
    > such folders including sub-folders?
    > --
    > choro
    > *****
    >


    When you make an Acronis image backup, you're
    welcome to access, use, or restore any file or folder.
    You want to restore My Documents, and no other
    folder? Go right ahead.
     
  9. choro

    choro Flightless Bird

    Anthony Buckland wrote:
    > "choro" <choro@tvco.net> wrote in message
    > news:g925o.9506$zo4.6203@hurricane...
    >> Gerald Ross wrote:
    >>> Gerald Ross wrote:
    >>>> Henry wrote:
    >>>>> Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and
    >>>>> now I'm looking for a good backup program. The one that came
    >>>>> with the Seagate isn't very good because it makes you backup on
    >>>>> a schedule rather than when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is
    >>>>> worthless because I don't have all of my folders under My
    >>>>> Documents so I have to make folder pairs for each folder.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd
    >>>>> like to be able to have the program run and only change the
    >>>>> folders/files that have changed since the last time I backed up.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Thanks
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Henry
    >>>>
    >>>> Perfect Disk works for me.
    >>>>
    >>> Duh! Meant Acronis.

    >>
    >> But Acronis makes images, doesn't it? How about a program that makes
    >> individual copies of files and folders that are instantly accessible
    >> on any computer? In other words an exact replica of My Documents and
    >> other such folders including sub-folders?
    >> --
    >> choro
    >> *****
    >>

    >
    > When you make an Acronis image backup, you're
    > welcome to access, use, or restore any file or folder.
    > You want to restore My Documents, and no other
    > folder? Go right ahead.


    No, I wouldn't want to restore My Documents or any of its sub-folders. But I
    might want just to have a look at My Personal Phone List for example by
    connecting an external 2.5" SATA disk to my friend's computer. I can't help
    but wonder why things cannot be made as simple as possible.
    --
    choro
    *****
     
  10. wilby

    wilby Flightless Bird

    On 7/31/2010 3:24 PM, Henry wrote:
    > Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >
    > I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now I'm
    > looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the Seagate
    > isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule rather than
    > when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless because I don't have
    > all of my folders under My Documents so I have to make folder pairs for
    > each folder.
    >
    > If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like to be
    > able to have the program run and only change the folders/files that have
    > changed since the last time I backed up.
    >
    > Thanks
    >
    > Henry


    For making disc or partition images, use Macrium Reflect Freeware
    version. I like it better than my paid for Acronis.

    For making simple copies of files use Karen's Replicator freeware. It is
    able to deal with errors and can be set to only copy files that have
    changed. I love it.

    Wilby
     
  11. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Henry wrote:
    > Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >
    > I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now
    > I'm looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the
    > Seagate isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule
    > rather than when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless
    > because I don't have all of my folders under My Documents so I have
    > to make folder pairs for each folder.
    >
    > If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like
    > to be able to have the program run and only change the
    > folders/files that have changed since the last time I backed up.


    Gerald Ross wrote:
    > Perfect Disk works for me.


    Gerald Ross wrote:
    > Duh! Meant Acronis.


    choro wrote:
    > But Acronis makes images, doesn't it? How about a program that makes
    > individual copies of files and folders that are instantly
    > accessible on any computer? In other words an exact replica of My
    > Documents and other such folders including sub-folders?


    Anthony Buckland wrote:
    > When you make an Acronis image backup, you're
    > welcome to access, use, or restore any file or folder.
    > You want to restore My Documents, and no other
    > folder? Go right ahead.


    choro wrote:
    > No, I wouldn't want to restore My Documents or any of its
    > sub-folders. But I might want just to have a look at My Personal
    > Phone List for example by connecting an external 2.5" SATA disk to
    > my friend's computer. I can't help but wonder why things cannot be
    > made as simple as possible.


    Who is making anything complicated?

    If you want your backups to be a scheduled task you make that uses the
    built-in copy or xcopy command to make a copy of whatever you desire to
    keep/think is important - go for it. Microsoft even has a synching program
    frelly available that can do that for you (SyncToy.)

    If you want something more sophisticated (like a full image of a partition
    or disk) - go for it.

    Or combine the two - have the backup that is easily portable (just copies of
    your important stuff) and full image backups of your system. It's all up to
    you...

    You could even choose an online backup (if you are willing to trust a 3rd
    party with your stuff) where you can even access individual files from any
    place with Internet connectivity.

    Just don't choose one and then say that it is too complicated (not as simple
    as possible) because it doesn't make it 'as simple as possible' as the other
    choice you could have made. Also - a little effort will be necessary on
    your part to figure out what you need, what you want and what you can/cannot
    do for whatever reason.

    GhostWalker was a feature of the Norton/Symantec product imaging I liked,
    Acronis required the application to be installed on the system to mount the
    images ad drives - GhostWalker was a stand-alone application. Maybe Acronis
    has come up with such a tool which would make what you said combined with
    what Anthony Buckland said work with a tiny extra step and a small
    application saved on that same external drive.

    Good backups (based around individual needs) will take effort. Although I
    like the Seagate Replica drive myself - a little of all worlds (backs up
    everything, bare metal restore possible, individual file browsing possible,
    can be manual or whenever I plug the drive in, etc and so on) - sometimes
    drag-n-drop just makes sure I have what I want to backup done/what I might
    want elsewhere. Although - to be honest - if a situation like the one you
    mentioned came up - I would just securely remote into my machine. ;-)

    BTW - Henry (the OP) - please upgrade to a current service pack. Your
    system is no longer supported at all - July 13, 2010 ended support for your
    OS as it stands. SP3 installation will extend it to April 2014.

    --
    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  12. Airman Basic

    Airman Basic Flightless Bird

    On 07/31/2010 6:16 PM, choro wrote:

    >
    > But Acronis makes images, doesn't it? How about a program that makes
    > individual copies of files and folders that are instantly accessible on any
    > computer? In other words an exact replica of My Documents and other such
    > folders including sub-folders?


    http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp
     
  13. Bob CP

    Bob CP Flightless Bird

    On 7/31/2010 8:26 PM, choro wrote:
    > Anthony Buckland wrote:
    >> "choro"<choro@tvco.net> wrote in message
    >> news:g925o.9506$zo4.6203@hurricane...
    >>> Gerald Ross wrote:
    >>>> Gerald Ross wrote:
    >>>>> Henry wrote:
    >>>>>> Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and
    >>>>>> now I'm looking for a good backup program. The one that came
    >>>>>> with the Seagate isn't very good because it makes you backup on
    >>>>>> a schedule rather than when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is
    >>>>>> worthless because I don't have all of my folders under My
    >>>>>> Documents so I have to make folder pairs for each folder.
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd
    >>>>>> like to be able to have the program run and only change the
    >>>>>>

    > No, I wouldn't want to restore My Documents or any of its sub-folders. But I
    > might want just to have a look at My Personal Phone List for example by
    > connecting an external 2.5" SATA disk to my friend's computer. I can't help
    > but wonder why things cannot be made as simple as possible.


    As I said in the first reply, xxclone will do exactly what you want.
    If you want to back up only certain folders, use xxcopy in a batch file.
     
  14. choro

    choro Flightless Bird

    Bob CP wrote:
    > On 7/31/2010 8:26 PM, choro wrote:
    >> Anthony Buckland wrote:
    >>> "choro"<choro@tvco.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:g925o.9506$zo4.6203@hurricane...
    >>>> Gerald Ross wrote:
    >>>>> Gerald Ross wrote:
    >>>>>> Henry wrote:
    >>>>>>> Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >>>>>>>
    >>>>>>> I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and
    >>>>>>> now I'm looking for a good backup program. The one that came
    >>>>>>> with the Seagate isn't very good because it makes you backup
    >>>>>>> on a schedule rather than when you want and Microsoft's
    >>>>>>> SyncToy is worthless because I don't have all of my folders
    >>>>>>> under My Documents so I have to make folder pairs for each
    >>>>>>> folder. If there is something free out there that would be great.
    >>>>>>> I'd
    >>>>>>> like to be able to have the program run and only change the
    >>>>>>>

    >> No, I wouldn't want to restore My Documents or any of its
    >> sub-folders. But I might want just to have a look at My Personal
    >> Phone List for example by connecting an external 2.5" SATA disk to
    >> my friend's computer. I can't help but wonder why things cannot be
    >> made as simple as possible.

    >
    > As I said in the first reply, xxclone will do exactly what you want.
    > If you want to back up only certain folders, use xxcopy in a batch
    > file.


    Thanks. I will try to give xxclone a try. I am already using xcopy by going
    to the DOS command center after copying and pasting one of the appropriate
    xcopy commands with the required parameters from a word .doc file for which
    I have put a shortcut on my desktop. This enables me to copy folders and
    subfolders from the appropriate partitions on any of the hard disks which I
    have installed on my computer.

    But I feel it is now time to switch over to the new computer I have built
    for myself as the motherboard on my old faithful won't support SATA drives.
    The new motherboard is equipped with a fast four-core AMD CPU as well as a
    very fast DDR3 graphics card plus a generous 4 GB DDR3 RAM. My old faithful
    will only take PATA HDs, AGP graphics cards and much slower memory modules.
    But it still is my old faithful and I am finding it hard to switch over to
    my newer computer. I guess I am put off by having to reinstall all the
    programs I have already installed on my old faithful and all the tweaks I
    have made on my old faithful which incidentally is now a full 10 years old.
    It was and remains my first true love!

    I also have to admit that I am so happy with my Windows XP/SP3 that I
    hesitate to move over to Windows 7.
    --
    choro
    *****
     
  15. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    wilby wrote:

    > For making disc or partition images, use Macrium Reflect Freeware
    > version. I like it better than my paid for Acronis.


    What specifically about Macrium do you prefer?
     
  16. Bob CP

    Bob CP Flightless Bird

    On 8/1/2010 9:55 AM, choro wrote:
    ....
    > Thanks. I will try to give xxclone a try. I am already using xcopy by going
    > to the DOS command center after copying and pasting one of the appropriate
    > xcopy commands with the required parameters from a word .doc file for which
    > I have put a shortcut on my desktop. This enables me to copy folders and
    > subfolders from the appropriate partitions on any of the hard disks which I
    > have installed on my computer.


    Note that I mentioned xxcopy (http://www.xxcopy.com/xcpymain.htm), not
    xcopy. xxcopy has a /clone switch that will duplicate the source
    exactly, including deleting any files on the destination disk that
    aren't on the source. Since my computers are all networked, I back up
    critical data between them on a daily basis (not to mention the usual
    external stuff...).
    >
    > ...I guess I am put off by having to reinstall all the
    > programs I have already installed on my old faithful and all the tweaks I
    > have made on my old faithful which incidentally is now a full 10 years old.
    > It was and remains my first true love!


    It's not perfect, but I've used PC Mover
    (http://www.laplink.com/pcmover) to transfer many programs to a new box.
     
  17. wilby

    wilby Flightless Bird

    On 8/1/2010 8:14 AM, Daave wrote:
    > wilby wrote:
    >
    >> For making disc or partition images, use Macrium Reflect Freeware
    >> version. I like it better than my paid for Acronis.

    >
    > What specifically about Macrium do you prefer?
    >
    >


    Daave:

    1. It is free.
    2. The backup and restore wizards are easy to use.
    3. My first test of imaging a Win 7/64 pro machine, and restoring it to
    a new empty hard drive, worked 100% resulting in a bootable and exact
    copy of my system.
    4. While it expects me to install it on my C: drive for doing image
    backups (which I do), I can (and did) also make a bootable BART CD that
    also does the image backups.
    5. Image restores are easily done when booted to the "easy to make"
    Macrium emergency CD disc (Linux). Restores are also able to be done
    from the BART CD.
    6. The free version of Macrium Reflect doesn't have many of the fancy
    extras such as scheduling, etc. I like this better because there are
    less complications to cause errors. I do an image whenever I feel like it.

    Acronis Paid software does all these things just as well but not better.
    When users start using some Acronis advanced features is when problems
    often happen. Go to their forum and almost every reported problem
    involves fancy extra features such as continuous backup, scheduling,
    on-line backup, and their "try & decide" feature.

    I've played with at least six freeware image software and, for me,
    Macrium is #1.

    Wilby
     
  18. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    wilby wrote:
    > On 8/1/2010 8:14 AM, Daave wrote:
    >> wilby wrote:
    >>
    >>> For making disc or partition images, use Macrium Reflect Freeware
    >>> version. I like it better than my paid for Acronis.

    >>
    >> What specifically about Macrium do you prefer?
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Daave:
    >
    > 1. It is free.
    > 2. The backup and restore wizards are easy to use.
    > 3. My first test of imaging a Win 7/64 pro machine, and restoring it
    > to a new empty hard drive, worked 100% resulting in a bootable and
    > exact
    > copy of my system.
    > 4. While it expects me to install it on my C: drive for doing image
    > backups (which I do), I can (and did) also make a bootable BART CD
    > that also does the image backups.
    > 5. Image restores are easily done when booted to the "easy to make"
    > Macrium emergency CD disc (Linux). Restores are also able to be done
    > from the BART CD.
    > 6. The free version of Macrium Reflect doesn't have many of the fancy
    > extras such as scheduling, etc. I like this better because there are
    > less complications to cause errors. I do an image whenever I feel
    > like it.
    > Acronis Paid software does all these things just as well but not
    > better. When users start using some Acronis advanced features is when
    > problems often happen. Go to their forum and almost every reported
    > problem involves fancy extra features such as continuous backup,
    > scheduling, on-line backup, and their "try & decide" feature.
    >
    > I've played with at least six freeware image software and, for me,
    > Macrium is #1.


    Thanks for the info.

    Personally, I think #6 is very important, so I would either prefer the
    paid version of Macrium or Acronis. FWIW, I use Acronis (version 9) and
    it works flawlessly. I don't use "continuous" backup (I'm pretty sure
    version 9 doesn't have it!), but I do use the incremental imaging
    feature. I also like I have the option to create a clone if necessary.
    (Yes, I know there are free programs that can create clones.) So, to me,
    the advantage in using Acronis is the ability to schedule incremental
    images. Otherwise, I would use DriveImageXML (which sounds similar to
    Macrium).
     
  19. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    wilby wrote:

    > Henry wrote:
    >
    >> Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >>
    >> I'm looking for a good backup program.
    >>
    >> If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like to be
    >> able to have the program run and only change the folders/files that have
    >> changed since the last time I backed up.

    >
    > For making disc or partition images, use Macrium Reflect Freeware
    > version. I like it better than my paid for Acronis.


    The free version does NOT do the incremental images that the user
    requested as a feature. Macrium Reflect (free) only saves full images.
    For a list of features missing in the free version, see:

    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

    While it doesn't do incremental image backups, Paragon's B&R Free does
    do differential image backups which are much smaller than having to save
    a full image for every backup. Incrementals are susceptible to
    corruption and loss if one incremental becomes unusable in the chain
    back to the last full backup. Differentials consume more space but are
    less susceptible since you only need the one differential and the prior
    full image backups. Full image backups, which is the only type that
    Macrium Reflect Free can do, consume the most disk space to save.
     
  20. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    Henry wrote:

    > Running WinXP Pro SP2 on Dell with 3G CPU and 2G RAM.
    >
    > I bought a Seagate external hard drive for backup purposes and now I'm
    > looking for a good backup program. The one that came with the Seagate
    > isn't very good because it makes you backup on a schedule rather than
    > when you want and Microsoft's SyncToy is worthless because I don't
    > have all of my folders under My Documents so I have to make folder
    > pairs for each folder.
    >
    > If there is something free out there that would be great. I'd like to
    > be able to have the program run and only change the folders/files that
    > have changed since the last time I backed up.


    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

    Doesn't do incremental image backups but will do differential image
    backups.

    If you have 5 incremental backups since the prior full backup, all 6
    backups must be available and usable to do the image restore; i.e., you
    need full + incr1 + incr2 + incr3 + incr4 + incr5. Incrementals consume
    the least disk space but only record the changes made since the prior
    incremental backup. The longer the chain of backups the more vulnerable
    you are to loss if one of the incrementals is not usable.

    Differentials track changes made since the full backup, not from a prior
    incremental or differential backup. Differentials consume more space
    than incrementals but are smaller than full backups. Each differential
    backup gets progressively larger since it records changes between now
    and the last full backup. Restore only need 2 backups: full + diff.

    Other free imaging programs usually only let you save full images.
    Paragon is the only that I know of (so far) where its free version also
    does something less than a full image, like a differential. I don't
    know of a free one that does incremental image backups.
     

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