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Easiest way to backup data occasionally? [closed]

Easiest way to backup data occasionally? [closed]

I have a small network with a "server" (an XP Pro machine) and 4-5 user computers.

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Guest [Entry]

"I just set up FreeFileSync today, it is a no-frills windows, local-based (including mapped drives), free open source software at http://sourceforge.net/projects/freefilesync/.

Working pretty well so far, with easy options, batch files you can save (and run or schedule yourself afterwards), decent feedback, silent mode, timestamp/content comparison.

It seems to lack extensive naming and versioning schemes and organisation options however, and it does not have FTP, e-mail or other enterprised-oriented methods.

For my usage, it serves as a quite functional mirroring mode, where the deleted files from your source gets deleted from the destination as well. Quite useful mode for keeping a most-current safety backup of folders that are too large for incremental backups (such as music)."
Guest [Entry]

If you want to make reliable backups, it is not sufficient to use this or that application. You need a backup procedure that takes measures for dealing with potential risks, such as theft and backup medium degeneration. I've made a detailed small scale backup strategy which attempts to deal with a wide range of risks while requiring a minimum of effort.
Guest [Entry]

Acronis have some good backup tools!
Guest [Entry]

http://crashplan.com has tools that does this kind of machine to machine backups.
Guest [Entry]

I'd either use Deltacopy, which is rsync-based to send the files directly between the machines, or use Cobian to backup to Windows shares on the other machines. Both support scheduling, so you can automate them easily.