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Storage External Easy Backup Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by iantrader, 5 Aug 2010.

  1. iantrader

    iantrader What's a Tribble?

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    Hi All,

    I'm looking for an easy backup solution for a very non-technical friend. He uses a laptop for a bit writing, some photos and some downloads. I've looked at My Passport, My Book and so on, but most get pretty poor reviews on Amazon.

    Can anyone recommend a reliable, idiot-proof external backup system for a laptop?

    Many thanks.
    Ian
     
  2. paisa666

    paisa666 I WILL END YOU!!!

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    hmmm

    Easy solution i can think of would be, get an standard external hard drive, and just wirte an easy .bat with commands copying his photos and anything else into the external hard drive.

    then, on windows task manager, create a task that executes the .bat every week or something

    With this all you have to do its tell your friend to leave the laptop on every friday or something
     
  3. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Spend some money on an external USB hard drive, teach your friend to plug it in and run windows backup.
     
  4. Pookeyhead

    Pookeyhead It's big, and it's clever.

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    Maxtor externals come with software for the one touch back up function. It should be OK for backing up files and folders.
     
  5. iantrader

    iantrader What's a Tribble?

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    Thanks for the suggestions. He doesn't really want to learn more and I don't really want to teach :). I have a superb, if a little old, Maxtor HD but I bought a Maxtor Basics a while ago and it's v. poor so Maxtor's off my list, I'm afraid.
     
  6. J05H11E

    J05H11E Fujitsu Technical Analyst

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    You could do away with the external hdd solution and show the user how to use drop box?

    there are ways of automating backups to it :)

    https://www.dropbox.com/
     
  7. carajp

    carajp New Member

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    I would recommend the Seagate Replica. You literally just plug it in, agree to install the software and never think of it again. I have had one for a year (I'm an Amazon Vine reviewer) and in some ways it's a bit annoying for techies as its so inflexible. For innocents though, it is truly idiot-proof.

    Here's a link to the model I reviewed:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Rep...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1281101553&sr=1-1

    There's a 500gb version if 250gb isn't enough (which it usually is for non-technical users)

    In fact, I still use it. With a bit of fiddling, you can make some choices as to what to backup - although the boot drive is compulsory. (The default is just everything, again just what you need for a non-experienced user). As it's bus-powered, I just plug it in once a week & let it update. Then I stick it back in my car. Off-site backup!

    EDIT: (I wrote that last sentence as f t w - and the forum changed it to "Off site cheesecake"! Huh??!)


    Caroline
     
  8. iantrader

    iantrader What's a Tribble?

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    Hi Caroline,

    That sounds exactly like what he needs! However, he balked at the price and I have to say I agree although it's not that much more than some similar-sized drives :sigh: Oddly, the reviews of the 500Gb version are rather worse than those of the 250Gb version.

    I'm currently thinking of a WD external and some backup software that you can schedule although I doubt it'll be as easy as your solution :(

    Ian
     
  9. paisa666

    paisa666 I WILL END YOU!!!

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    Do what i said

    Estandar external Hard Drive, a .Bat file with some DOS copy commands, eschedule. DONE!!
     
  10. Evenge

    Evenge Member

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    carajp New Member

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    Yeah Ian, I agree. It's quite expensive for what it is. Just truly idiot-proof ;)
     
  12. iantrader

    iantrader What's a Tribble?

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    That looks perfect and well-priced! Never spotted this during my Amazon searches, many thanks.

    Ian
     

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