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Best Backup software for home use and the security conscious?

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Hi guys,

I'm building a high end PC for a client who is very security conscious and is looking for a home backup software solution. He has a NAS ioSafe 214 and a Raid 1 4TB internal backup.

He currently uses Acronis but complains is taking 10 hours to backup 1 GB to the NAS.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a solid security rich backup software?

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I don't use Acronis, is it always that slow? I did a 100GB Time Machine backup to my home Synology this weekend over wireless that was much faster than 10 hours.

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I may occupy the "bleeding edge" more than is comfortable for many people,

nevertheless, I offer the following suggestion as a low-cost way to achieve

a little redundancy at the cost of a little time to experiment with XCOPY.

We manage a 10GB hypertext database that has numerous different file types.

What we found is that the XCOPY "/l" command line option is a great way

to load file attributes into main memory e.g.

xcopy folder X:\folder /s/e/v/d/l

where,

X: = destination NTFS partition

Then, depending on what that initial command produces,

we follow with the exact same command but without the "/l"

command line option:

xcopy folder X:\folder /s/e/v/d

This sequence actually executes MUCH FASTER

than executing the latter XCOPY command by itself.

Another nice feature of XCOPY is that it will execute

the same way when either "pulling" or "pushing" files

across a LAN.

Of course, if you don't already know how to invoke HELP for XCOPY,

just do this:

xcopy /?

I'm not suggesting that your backup procedures can

satisfy all of your needs by using XCOPY exclusively,

and no other software.

I merely offer this option as a very quick and effective

way to create copies of files new files and of older files

that have recently changed e.g. to USB thumb drives.

About 2 to 4 times a year, we simply "age" our database

by adding a serial number "suffix" e.g.:

rename folder folder.001

Then, we make a new copy of "folder" to the same

destination partitions.

Rotating HDDs have become so spacious,

making multiple redundant copies of a 10GB database

is rarely ever space-constrained. Same is true of our

regular series of drive images of the C: system partition

on each of our workstations.

Hope this helps.

MRFS

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p.s Another thing we did is to write 2 short batch files,

one is called GET.BAT and the other PUT.BAT.

Very often, changes to our database on any given day

are confined to one sub-folder, or a small number of sub-folders e.g.:

D:\folder\subfolder\

Then, we increase the speed of our routine backups

by changing directory to "subfolder" in Command Prompt and

then executing either PUT.BAT or GET.BAT.

For example below, D: is a source NTFS partition

and X: is a destination NTFS partition:

D:

cd \

cd folder

put subfolder X: /l

put subfolder X:

MRFS

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