I currently backup my documents to an external hard drive. However, since the external drive is just a copy of what's on my main drive, if I delete a file from my C: drive, it also goes from the backup the next time I run it.
I'm looking for some backup software which can do incremental backups and allow a retention period for old files, so that if I accidentally delete something, there'll be a time period in which I can retrieve it.
Backup Plus will do incremental back ups and allow you to select the files and folders. Although I now normally use Acronis TI, which does create an image of the whole partition, I do use BupPlus for daily backups of documents. click here at £16-10 for the D/L version which will write to DVD and CD.
I think that you are right about Incremental Back-ups. The most up to date copy reflects the changes that you have made to your HDD, including Deletions.
Dantz came with my Maxtor and I use it for incremental backups every month (not as often now I'm retired as I used to when in business) Once a quarter I mirror My Docs onto an old HDD that I stuck into a cheap Caddie and keep that at my sister's.
Pamy - I use a file syncronisation program to make the copy on the backup drive. So, if a file no longer exists on the main drive, it gets deleted from the backup drive automatically.
I've downloaded a trial version of True Image and it can do incremental backups of specific folders, rather than full disk images. However, I can't find a way to set retention (so that files are kept within the backup for so long (say 60 days) after they are deleted from the main drive, before being removed from the backup.
Can anyone confirm if this is possible, or advise if any of the other suggested packages can do that?