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4801  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 16, 2008, 01:43:43 PM
I had it down to look at, but didn't like the options, so I removed it without testing. I have also looked at a great number of other backup programs, but so far I have found none that I like. I will  however  keep on looking!
4802  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 16, 2008, 10:32:46 AM
Quote from: CyberNotes
Cobian Backup - Powerful Free Backup Software

A few weeks ago we demonstrated an extremely simple backup solution called IdleBackup. It was nothing too fancy, and this time around we wanted to go to the other extreme with a freeware Windows backup application that will really knock your socks off. The program is called Cobian Backup, and I wouldn’t have found it without Leland’s help.

Cobian Backup is one of the most full-featured backup utilities that I’ve seen, and the best thing about it is that it’s completely free. I’ve been a proud owner of SyncBackSE for quite some time now, but Cobian Backup includes almost all of the same features in it’s latest version 9 Beta release. The interface is well designed, creating and scheduling backups is simple, and it is busting at the seams with customization!

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–Features–

Now I could have just listed off the features that the developer had put together, but I actually think the developer is rather modest of what the program is truly capable of. So I put together my own set of features highlighting all of the things that I find to be the most useful in Cobian:

    * Can be installed as a service, which means it is able to run even when a user isn’t logged into the computer

    * 3 different types of backups are available:

          o Full backups: Every single file in the source will be copied or compressed. If you are overwriting, every file will be replaced. If Overwrite is unchecked, you will have several copies of the same source.

          o Incremental:  The program will check if the source has been changed from the last backup. If there is no need to copy the file, it will be skipped, saving backup time. The incremental procedure checks the Archive bit attribute of the file. You may want to manually reset the attribute to force a full backup: use the “Set the archive attributes” on the Task menu.

          o Differential: The program will check if the source has been changed from the last FULL backup. If there is no need to copy the file, it will be skipped, saving backup time. The differential procedure checks the Archive bit attribute of the file. You may want to manually reset the attribute to force a full backup: use the “Set the archive attributes” on the Task menu.

          o Dummy task: This backup doesn’t need a source or a destination. It is useful to use the task just as an scheduler to execute applications, close services, reboot the computer, etc.


    * Remotely connect to and manage your backups (Cobian will need to be installed on both the host and client machine to do this). Go to Tools -> Remote Client in Cobian to access this feature.

    * Backup to or from a network or FTP location

    * Compress your backups using 7-Zip or regular ZIP

          o Split the compressed files up into multiple files according to a maximum size that you specify

    * You can have multiple source and/or destinations

    * You can have a timestamp added to backup filenames so that existing backups are not overwritten

    * Perform a variety of actions before and/or after a backup starts:
          o Pause for a specified duration
          o Start or close a program
          o Start or stop a service
          o Restart or shutdown the computer

    * If you choose to perform an incremental or differential backup you can set Cobian to automatically do a full backup every X backups, where “X” is any number you want.

    * It will retrieve files from the Volume Shadow Copy (on XP and Vista) if a file is locked by another application

    * You can provide a list of files and/or folders to exclude

    * UNICODE support

(.....)

Cobian Backup is a tremendous application that will likely have much, if not all of what you’re looking for. It might take some time to get the backups setup just the way you want, but once you’re done the end result could save you days of frustration. Believe me, in the last two years I’ve had two different hard drives fail on me. If it wasn’t for the regular backups that I performed there could have been a lot of unrecoverable settings, pictures, and documents. Software like Cobian Backup can really come through in a pinch!

Cobian Backup Homepage: http://www.educ.umu.se/~cobian/cobianbackup.htm

Note: In this review I was using Cobian Backup 9 Beta.

Copyright © 2008 CyberNet |
4803  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 16, 2008, 07:48:56 AM
[almost off topic] What is in general the benefit of FAT32, since some people swear to it? [/almost off topic]

PS!
It really is a lot easier to format:
right-click the drive > "Format..." > Okay
-5 seconds later: end of story.
4804  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 15, 2008, 06:15:33 PM
..... DriveXML which doesnt do incremental images

- just as I had decided to stay with DriveXML, I read this! What a deal-breaker!

Oh, wait, no deal to break; it is gratis!

Well, if I start using a backup program, I might as well use one that I can keep on using every day, meaning incremental backups are a must-have. DriveXML: off you go!

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I went out today and bought a stationary 500 GB USB hard drive, 7200rpm, a new stand-alone CD/DVD burner, and a 2 GB USB stick. What? Curt, on your budget?! Huhumm... The tax office made a deposit on my bank account yesterday! Yes!! Unfortunately the deposit was not big enough to purchase the ultimate answer to my problems: a new computer. But I spend $150 (inflation: now $200) on these devices, so tomorrow I will take my Paragon 8 Special Edition to a new test, and this time I will follow Grorgy's recommendation and tell it to create a full image.

- tomorrow!  smiley
4805  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 15, 2008, 05:48:31 PM
XXClone (......) However, (......) , I am concerned that the site not has been updated for more than a year:

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All new licenses come with at least one year of update subscription.  Optionally, you may order an extended subscription beyond the basic 1 year period up front.

- fine, but, ehh.., there are no updates ...

- but it gets even more critical:

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However, when you update your Windows' Service Pack (SP) beyond the SP number that was available at the time of the XXCLONE release, you need a newer version of XXCLONE that supports the particular SP.

- so I will not consider XXClone before SP3 is supported, if ever...
4806  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Karenware Version Browser updated on: April 14, 2008, 06:49:29 PM
Just a little info on one of Karen Kenworthy's oldest programs, PTBrowser, aka Version Browser.

I have had a copy for quite some years, last update was 2001 (!!), and was sad it didn't support "Send To...".  So I wrote Karen and congratulated her for recovering from her long and serious illness, and requested the feature. Her answer came today: Version Browser 4.0 BETA.

Quote from: email from Karen Kenworthy
You make a good point.  I've spent the last few days reworking the Version Browser, and along the way included your suggestion.  The program doesn't currently make the shortcut in the SendTo folder. But if you place one there it will respond correctly.  If you'd like to give this new version a try, you can download its installer using this link:

    http://www.karenware.com/beta/ptbrowse-setup.exe

Be sure the shortcut's command line looks something like this:

    "<location where PTBrowse.exe is installed>\PTBrowse.exe" "%1"

Where <location where PTBrowse.exe is installed> is the path where the PTBrowse.exe file can be found. The quotation marks are important.

Karen's site was appointed Site of the Month, December 2007, by DonationCoder!  thumbs up

Edit:
First remove old version before installing new, but from now on you can install on top.

...
Edit: Link added
4807  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 14, 2008, 05:55:08 PM
 embarassed I should of course also have told that my PC doesn't support floppy diskettes.

R-Drive Image really looks fine, but .. ehh ... maybe ... hmm... ehh ... I am not sure...

Tomorrow I will purchase a 160 GB USB Hard Drive, in order to create a "RAW Image",
- and then I will read all of this thread again, before finally making up my mind...
4808  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: April 14, 2008, 05:17:50 PM
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:p

Because of the ":p" I will forgive you, f0dder - but I happen to like our æ, ø and å...

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But Thank You to Horst and f0dder for these two mini lessons. I have learned more about Unicode during the last five minutes than ever before - I thought it was some kind of wonder technique.  thumbs up
4809  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 14, 2008, 04:25:46 PM
SORRY!! - I can't believe I totally forgot to tell that my CD/DVD drive doesn't work at all, otherwise I would have used my UBCD4WIN or BartPE... I am actually re-considering if I should purchase and use the DriveSnapshot all the same, because the site offers a gratis file that will make some USB sticks bootable!  thumbs up

---

Thanks to Darwin I have Paragon, but something went totally wrong when I used it. At the end of the backup it demanded that I should hit SAVE more than a hundred times, once for each file. I have yet no idea of what I did wrong in the settings. I lost my temper and aborted the endless procedure. It took 4 restarts, and a enlargement of the size of the page file, to get XP back to normal.

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I have watched GAOTD for a year, but only now am I looking for backup > USB-Drive programs.
4810  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: April 14, 2008, 08:41:20 AM
Mempad's lack of unicode is a deal breaker for me though.
MemPad has all those features (as far as I understand them) except drag & drop.

We now know that MemPad both supports Unicode, and has Drag&Dropthumbs up

I am very sorry for assuming that because I once tried a program from Horst that didn't support Unicode, then none of his programs did. I was wrong: ALL his programs for Windows 32 BIT supports Unicode! Sorry I implied otherwise - and Thanks to rjbull for the PM!

Quote from: email from Horst Schaefer
... Actually, all  my Windows programs support all characters that can be found in Charmap.exe (the programmer does not have to take care about this). And MemPad, for example will change "æøå" to uppercase without problems.

Windows also supports character sets like Greek or Russian in single byte, non-UNICODE mode (many MemPad users), but UNICODE, of course is absolutely necessary, if you want to mix different character sets. My windows programs even work under a chinese emulation (though there are some problems with search functions..)

My old DOS programs, however, are limited to the DOS character set, and uppercase functions are somewhat limited.

Other than that I think MemPad is the strangest program I can think of. You have to forget everything you ever thought you knew about how to create a note, in order to use this weird program! Or were all of my problems with MemPad maybe because of unavailable hotkeys, or my unstable PC? Hmm...

edited for insert from Horst's email
4811  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 14, 2008, 01:21:46 AM
Thanks for the advice, Merle1, but €40 is an even more awful lot of money to me! 30 days trial simply won't do it - my budget says the asking price should give some 365 days trial...
4812  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 14, 2008, 01:16:37 AM
Yes, Acronis has been recommended on our forum many times - and when I read about it at their homepage I really wanted just to hit the download button! - so I can easily understand why you are advocating it. But, as you said, it obviously does not fall into the gratis category... $50 is an awful lot of money to me.

This backup buisness is as confusing as I was fearing it would be. My main reason for not having done the backup yet, is the extreme amount of time it takes to create the first image. I want my PC to be fully available to me all of the time, and it is placed next to my bed, so I don't want it running all night - leaving no time to perform the darn backup! Yeah, I know, totally bad excuse! Also, I have been a smoker for 35 years, with absolutely no intelligent reason for still being so, so maybe all this is a pattern of some personality disorder! Sorry; around here it is early Monday morning! embarassed
4813  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tracking firefox extension (add-on) updates - how? on: April 13, 2008, 06:06:03 PM
https://addons.mozilla.or...e:1/cat:all/sort:updated/

Excellent find, suleika!  thumbs up
4814  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 13, 2008, 05:27:54 PM
I don't dare to use Drive Snapshot to backup the entire PC to my USB Harddrive:

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Snapshot will cut the disk image file after a preset size (default=650MB), and create several files with extensions SNA, .SN1,.Sn2,..,.SN9,.S10...S99,.100...999,.1000 etc

By default the limit is 1500 MB, so 3 image pieces fit on a DVD.
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You may expect an average image size of 50% of the used disk space, since Drive Snapshot automatically compresses the image file.

Can other programs read these .SNA files? I don't think they can.
And what compression system are they using? The site doesn't tell.

However, the homepage deserves a big time reward for the "Introduction" - this is a world-class reference introduction to any program! Every coder can take lesson from this Tom Ehlert, he certainly is an excellent pedagogic instructor!

http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/intro.htm

edited for typo
4815  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Q-Dir (File Manager) on: April 13, 2008, 10:47:16 AM
Hmm... maybe you missed these lines?:

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Q-Dir does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop.
Rename Q-Dir_Installer.exe to Q-Dir.exe and GO.


It doesn't write anything to anywhere if you follow this recipe.  thumbs up

Edited: Sorry! It must still write something, somewhere, because my first try was from a USB stick, (so it is portable), and only later I installed on the PC. But at this 'new' first run the same view was displayed as I had previously used on the stick version!
4816  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: False Positive on Software (Generic.Dx) by McAfee Today: McAfee Response and Fix on: April 12, 2008, 05:42:42 PM
- so now we are going after Dell!!  Cool Well, if I was president...


No, civilization, culture and industrialisation has only little to do with genuine progress!  Sad
4817  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: False Positive on Software (Generic.Dx) by McAfee Today: McAfee Response and Fix on: April 12, 2008, 03:24:10 AM
I felt strange when reading how people will install this dat fix instead of installing a trustworthy Antivirus...

-

Edited:
Oh, I didn't notice before posting that this thread has two pages..

But speaking of trustworthiness and some kind of campaign against McAfee, my feeling is that such demonstartion would have to come from users of the relevant programs, wouldn't it. Or do 'you' think we could all participate?
4818  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Strange maps... of Europe on: April 11, 2008, 10:16:50 AM
I am not too sure a genuine Same would be pleased to be called a Norwegian (or Swede, or Finn', or Russian): it is not by mere coincidence that the Sames now have their own parlaments in all these countries! They may be Scandinavians all right, but not in the traditional common sense.
4819  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: April 11, 2008, 09:38:17 AM
Well, then I may have to investigate my blood-line once more... My fuse is short!!

-

- is now the time to tell that I just love Ireland and the Irish? I do!  Wink
4820  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: April 11, 2008, 09:14:01 AM
I don't fancy a pint, so there is no way I can have traces of Irish blood. Furthermore I don't think rain is normal fine weather, so I really cannot be any less Irish, can I.

-- Editedx5, so others may see the connection as well:
You missed to quote the rest of the major reason for my original answer:

...Isn’t giving a firewall a thumb down because it’s not perfectly compatible with PS tray a bit… extreme (: do you have Irish blood?  tongue) ??...

- emplying, I guess, that the Irishmen tend to ask for extreme standards... -gratis!
(maybe Armando was thinking about the Scottish?)  undecided
4821  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: April 11, 2008, 08:13:13 AM
Unicode doesn't bother me, but if you use other than European languages, I suppose you have little choice ... Did you look at the minipad2 ... I don't know if it has Unicode, but it's made in China, so presume Unicode is necessary. 

It is my sad experience that Unicode is not Unicode... I have tried many programs written by non-English Europeen or Asian authors, but never the less many didn't FULLY support Unicode, even if characters from their own language were supported. Apps from German Horst Schaeffer supporting the special German character ß all right but not the special characters æøå from the neighbor language Danish, is just one example.
4822  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware advice sought... Notebook power supply problem on: April 10, 2008, 05:36:55 PM
I wish this type of warranty came with my PC. A music CD 'exploded' in the CD draw, and the store insist that I am to pay all expenses. No, I am not going to buy my next machine at the same place! I am terrified (terrorfied) by the thought that I will have to take the tower apart myself...
4823  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malware writers now number one software makers on: April 10, 2008, 12:00:03 PM
It has been several years since my PC was infected last.
I wonder where all these malware applications are to be found?  undecided
4824  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FileBox eXtender now works under Vista on: April 10, 2008, 10:58:29 AM
That is really cool news that it's gone open source.  Now anyone have any ideas for features to add to it?

I am not asking for new features yet, but for a minor change of what is already there:

I would very much like to either re-order the buttons or make a larger space between Recent and Favorites. I use Fav' a lot more often than I use Recent in these situations, so I would like Fav' to stick out a little to the outmost left.

This is what I have:  [attachimg=#]

this is what I want:  [attachimg=#]

 tellme
4825  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: SnapSuite program family/Free online computer help on: April 09, 2008, 06:36:29 PM
@ Brandon. My little head is confused about the very purpose of SnapSuite. I would like to encourage you to re-consider what the program is supposed to do. I am not likely to open it in order to use a painter, a musicplayer, or a text editor, or any other of that kind of programs - I have better options for this kind of jobs right at hand. SnapSuite has so far been branded as a smart and effecient way to keep my PC clean and healthy. What the *smurf* does all these extras have to do with a healthy machine?

Your head is so full of ideas that I truly must envy you!!, -but it may be helpfull to keep the ideas grouped / seperated, "one item at a time" and "each job in its own time", you know. Sometimes it just is necessary to "kill your darlings"...

You are obviously very talented, so I have great faith that you will write the most awesome programs. Now, kill some darlings, and Go Writing!
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