Hi, guys. I wanted to get everyone's thoughts and opinions on what I should use for personal data backup.
Here's the background:
I had originally been backing up everything using an online service, but some time ago, my ISP instituted a monthly bandwidth cap, so this became impractical. I decided I would use the online backup for only my most irreplaceable files, and a traditional external HD for a full backup.
My problem now is: picking the software for the full backup.
* I tried Acronis TrueImage, but its backups seem fragile. Once it tries to consolidate incremental backups, or even if I just change a setting, then the backups suddenly start failing.
* I tried the built-in Windows Backup, but it doesn't recognize when files have been moved, renamed, or deleted, so the backup becomes full of duplicates, which makes restoring painful or corrupted.
* I went low-tech and tried 7-Zip, since it can synchronize archives with any updates to my files, but I couldn't control where it puts the temp archive, and I don't have the space on my OS drive for a 200GB temp file.
* Now I'm trying Microsoft's SyncToy, but it's a huge performance hog. While it's running, I can't even move the mouse without a 30 second lag time.
I'm so tired of my terrible choices, and I'm hoping people here have some solid recommendations to try.
It's a good practice at work to always have the DOS shell open on your desktop. People will see that and think that you must be doing something important.
I've been taking A+, N+, and MCTS classes and we have used command line quite a bit. Half of tomorrow's class is suppose to be pure command line. At some point I'll likely just create some batch files and schedule them to be run at various points so I'm backing up automatically.
All I can tell you is DON'T go with Acronis. Your instincts are right and it's backups are fragile. I have a 25GB volume sitting on an external hard drive that cannot be restored because of some setting that can't be found. After that horrifying experience, I've went super low key and just move my files over to the external HD once a week.
I've switched careers...
I'm NO LONGER a scientist,
but now a web developer...