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Charles Kozierok
09-07-2000, 10:51 PM
Can anyone here recommend some good, fast, reliable backup software for Win 9x? I'm presently using an ancient copy of Backup Exec that scares me, in part because it will create backup files over 2 GB in size that it then refuses to read!
What do people use?

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ReddDogg
09-08-2000, 01:50 PM
Ghost Drive (I think that is name, I know it is Ghost something or other) is the program of choice where I work. I personally just burn important files to CD, such as my mp3 collection, my nintendo emulators, my music video downloads, and my movies.

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Charles Kozierok
09-08-2000, 07:15 PM
Thanks Joe. Does that program only do full-partition backups, or will it let you do individual files? DOS mode or Windows?

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ReddDogg
09-08-2000, 08:24 PM
Well charles, I did some asking about Symantec's Ghost Drive for you, and what it does is take an image of your entire hard drive and and backs that up. I don't know that it has ability to back up just certain files, but I always assumed that is why I bought a cd burner and why I have a network with extra hard drives and such. What Ghost Drive is good for is to back up an entire hard drive, but it does not do good with partitioned drives beccause if you have to run fdisk, and even if you tell it to be same size partition, it will be a mild bit different and wont' work. That is what guys at work tell me, I have never used it. If you want to ask more questions about it, you can email jasonh@support.bright.net, he won't mind answering your questions. Just tell him Joe Redd sent ya.

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Joe Redd
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Samantha
09-09-2000, 04:13 AM
Chief,

Have you checked out Veritas' new version of Backup Exec (http://www.veritas.com/us/products/bedesktop45/)?

What are you backing up to? I've used HP's backup software for my tape drive for years and like it fine. It will backup only changed files and lets you select files to restore, etc. HP sells it separately, I think.


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Charles Kozierok
09-10-2000, 12:46 AM
I sort of considered Veritas to be the "incumbent" and was going to select it if nobody recommended anything else. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif
I am doing backup to hard disk files, both over a network and not.

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Paleo Pete
09-12-2000, 02:13 AM
I would go with either Seagate's Back Up Exec or Arcada Back Up, if you can find it. Both have worked very well for me, but I've never tried a huge backup, my tapes are the older ones that only handle about 400MB.

The back up program included in Win98 is basically the same as Back Up Exec, and is made by Seagate, it's the one I use now, and have had no trouble with it at all.

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