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    [SOLVED] Periodic backup networked drive WinXP

    Hi everyone

    We have a networked drive that needs to be backed up periodically, most likely once or twice a week. The data size might grow to around 3-4 Gigs. Is the backup utility on WinXP Pro adequate for such a job? If not, what program would you recommend?

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    So you have a linux server sharing out a filesystem?

    Can you explain a little more?

    If its that small amount of data, buy a dvd burner, put it in the server and simply burn the volume right to it. I would not bother with tar/cpio/gzip/backup program because in a recovery, you also need those tools availible. If its just a flat dvd based filesystem, any OS in any machine will be able to read it.

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    Thanks for the reply.

    No Linux server involved, it's simply an external HD on a network with WinXP machines. I want to make periodic backups to my local drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emus
    No Linux server involved, it's simply an external HD on a network with WinXP machines.
    It's a long time since I really knew Windows, but in Linux I do this task with rsync and cronjobs.

    However, I am also looking for a way to sync my office Win XP laptop with my Linux server. If at least rsync could be brought to run in Windows XP that would be really helpful.

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    If the drive is mapped to a Windows XP drive letter on a machine, you should be able to use the Backup utility to do the job...
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    If your backing up from the Windows system, just write a script and use xcopy to copy the files between drives.
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    Not sure why we're trying to answer a WinXP question on a Linux forum...Windows has many backup tool available, granted most of them are pay-for-enterprise type but there are plenty of options.

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    Because it's a network drive, ntbackup and other backup programs won't touch it. Generally you would need an enterprise level backup suite to do it gracefully, or something crude like a batch file using xcopy.

    I was faced with this same issue a while ago and I found a shareware called SecondCopy.
    Check it out, it's really simple, but effective.
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    Thank you very much everyone

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