Part of my current backup process (Win XP) is to keep rotating off-site external drives. Here's how it works.
- Place drive T:\ (physical unit 1) online.
- Delete all files in T:\D53_D_Backup for a clean start.
- The next Bounceback run copies all files from D:\ to T:\D53_D_Backup.
- Each night thereafter it copies only the files that have changed.
- Periodically I take physical unit 1 offsite, retrieve phyiscal unit 2 (also named T:) and restart the process.
I need to change the process and/or software because (a) some programs apply settings to files making them very time-consuming to delete, (b) I need to erase the files for a clean start so the first backup is huge, and (c) Bounceback does not do open file backup.
I've come up with two solutions...
- - Segregate photo folders to a separate file on the root directory so I can manage those backups separately. That won't resolve the open file backup problem or reduce total time, though.
- - Switch to sync software to avoid having to erase the files each time drives are rotated.
1. I once used sync software. The copy drive failed. The software though all files on the copy drive had been deleted, so it deleted all the files on the master drive as well. Can you recommend sync software less likely to have that problem? Also it must allow multiple backup sets to multiple destinations, hopefully including network drives. Specifically what about Syncback which the book mentions?
2. What other suggestions do you have?