Post by Nymphetamine
I have Bounceback Express but I wanted something better, and everyone
recomended Stomp Backup My PC so I tried that.
Stomp backs up to a .qic file, something I find very inconvenient.
Whats the best software for "real" back ups, no compression or
converting to a file, just copying all the files to a different
location with real-time updating?
I recently fought with BASK again to remember which configuration
would actually do what I wanted to do. I got fed up and looked at
While this was in several instances also a pain to get to do what I
wanted (if one of its numerous switches conflicts with another, it
doesn't say so, it just doesn't do what you want - or does nothing at
all), it was FAR more flexible than any GUI-based freeware backup tool
I've tried to use.
Mainly the problem with most of these programs is if you have a LOT of
directories you want to back up AND you don't want to back ALL of them
up. Most of the GUI utilities use a "checkbox" approach to selecting
directories to back up. This doesn't work worth a damn when you have
over 1,200 directories to back up. XXcopy on the other hand has a
"directory wild card" feature which allows you to use wildcards to
select select directories - you can also use exclusion lists (which
you can simply edit in a command file) to exclude directories
(unfortunately the exclusion lists do NOT use the wild-card feature).
And since this is a DOS program, it is FAST. It's not expending tons
of CPU cycles going through a Windows library or DLL to put
information on the screen while it's running.
And since it's a command line program, you can easily write a batch
file to run it, which, combined with its own command file capability,
allows you to configure it to do just about anything. Far more
flexible than any GUI utility.
And its 200 or so switches allow you to select and manipulate files
and directories just about any way you can think of.
It's definitely not perfect. But it's more powerful and almost as
easy to use as some of the more powerful freeware backup utilities.
But the best tools I think are on Linux - and they can be used to
backup Windows files as well. Nothing like the selection capability
of regular expressions coupled with the ability to pipe to cdrecord -
which even allows you to specify the burn speed of your CD burner -
something none of the Windows GUI backup utilities can do.
If XXCopy supported regular expressions and piping, it would be
killer. Don't know if you can use it to pipe into the Windows
versions of cdrecord.
I'm exploring some of the GUI front-ends to the Linux backup utilities
now. Perhaps I can figure out a way to use them to backup my Windows
partitions as well as my Linux files - since most of my data right now
is in FAT32 partitions.
Richard Steven Hack
"Whatever does not kill me makes me stronger" -
and YOU have not killed me!