Daily Backup of a small amount of Critical Material

  wee eddie 18:16 15 Jun 2014

I currently have 2 External Hard Drives. Since Cryptlocker, they are only connected for the duration of the Back-up.

The 1st carries a Full Disk Copy, renewed every 3rd month.

The 2nd carries an Incremental Backup which is done every week, totally refreshed every 3rd month, and stored elsewhere.

Now I have 1 file "Outlook.pst", of about 2.5MB, and 1 Folder, my Taxi, Accounts and Documents, of about 280MB, which alter every day and are very, very, important to me.

I was thinking that an Automated On-line Back-up Service might just be the thing for me. Preferably free, including the Operating Software, of course, but I'm not averse to a small fee as the amount of storage space required is well below .5GB.

Anyone got any recommendations?

  clarkkent 07:10 18 Jun 2014

Hi Wee eddie ,

I guess, you are looking for feature like Auto-Archive (Within MS-Outlook) to create a backup of the data on the daily basis. Auto-Archive in Microsoft Outlook allow users to define a structure through which they can get a backup of their data automatically into a desired location.

To know more about Auto-Archive and it’s working, click here


Clark Kent

  wee eddie 09:26 18 Jun 2014

Thanks Clark. I already have Auto Archive running every time I close Outlook.

It is this File (2.32MB in size) that I am looking to backup, on-line and automatically.

  Forum Editor 18:55 22 Jun 2014

I'm wondering why you stress that you want this backup to be online? I can't think of any advantages in doing that with a file as small as 2.32Mb - why don't you simply use automatic backup software to back up the file to external media?

  wee eddie 23:55 22 Jun 2014

FE: First, I want to try and protect the Backup from Cryptlocker and if I had, say a USB Stick, permanently attached to the PC. It would be a gonner.

Secondly, I want to make it totally automated, I used to use Mozy, when it was free, now it's £60 a year. Once set, Mozy backed up the Folder and the File, every day, with no other input from myself.

I'm now 69 and have noticed that I'm becoming forgetful, so the fewer tasks that I need to include in my daily routine, the more likely they are to get done.

  Forum Editor 18:11 23 Jun 2014

Setting up an automatic backup routine is simplicity itself, and you can do it with free software.

I wasn't questioning the need for the precaution, I just don't understand why it has to be an online backup. You can take steps to potect your machine from Cryptolocker - the most effective way is not to open any email attachments unless you are expecting them, and certainly don't open anything that purports to come from FEDEX, UPS, or any of the other big logistics companies.

I run backups to two locations, both of which are on removable media. One of them is a weekly backup, and the device is not connected to a computer until the day/time of the backup. Afterwards it is immediately disconnected and stored safely.

  wee eddie 20:42 23 Jun 2014

FE you are, almost certainly right. I have the mega weekly Backup all set and it works well. I was just having difficulty remembering to do the Daily, Off Site, Backup of the teeny, but critical, bits.

If I can't find an alternative to the Free version of Mozy, that's what I'll have to do.

  wee eddie 00:57 24 Jun 2014

Got to page 59 of this months Magazine.

The answer to a maidens prayer.

Downloaded Nero BackItUp 2014 and put the stuff online. The first upload took a little over 40 minutes,

I shall report back tomorrow on the first backup. How easy it is to use and how long it takes.

  wee eddie 21:51 24 Jun 2014

Looks like success: Just backed up today's alterations to the Taxi's Folder and my .pst File.

Just press the Shortcut > Log in - Actually, I have stayed Logged In > Wait for the Green Button to load > Press the green Button > the changes appear to have been uploaded > Job Done > the whole process took less than 3 minutes.

Bravo Nero. Lets hope that I never need to use you to reinstall but, if I do, then it all goes as smoothly.

Now, all I have to do is to remember the Password!

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