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timlance 03-30-2006 12:49 PM

Windows SD! equivalent?
My daughter has been forced to go to Windows. I use Windows in my work where everything critical is saved to redundant servers constantly and so am woefully ignorant in things Windows as regards the way the system(s) operate. Whhich brings me to wondering is there a SuperDuper! equivalent? Especially along the lines of SmartUpdate functioning?

Thank you for such a wonderful application.


dnanian 03-30-2006 12:52 PM

Not really, Tim, no. But, you could try to use something like Acronis DriveImage or Norton Ghost...

timlance 03-30-2006 01:19 PM

Well then ...
you best get busy! :D

Boy, do I wish ...

As does she. She's the one that turned me onto SD! about a year ago.

Thanks for the suggestions.


minckster 04-17-2006 08:48 PM

For backups on Windows, I use the free version of SyncBack. It doesn't create a bootable clone, but it does a good job backing up files. I've been real happy with it.

timlance 04-17-2006 09:48 PM

Thanks. I'll pass it along as well. Thankfully, she doesn't have the time to be a power-user. Between her law school's tech folk and living by her 1 GB flash drive she will probably survive..

macjonte 04-22-2006 06:58 AM

in Windows XP Professional (not in home edition) there is an application included which can make incremental backups (=Smart update)
The interface and user frendliness is baad, but it does the work.

Start menu -> al applications -> utilities -> system utilities -> backup
(I'm not sure about the exact names in the path, I use swedish systems, so I don't know the english equivalence)

loosegroove 04-22-2006 11:37 AM

If I might offer a suggestion as well. On my Windows XP Pro system, I use a program called 'Replicator'. Simple, easy to use, free. You can schedule backups to occur whenever you like and offer various types of backups (incremental, sync, etc.)


timlance 04-22-2006 11:14 PM

Thank you, both. And it is Windows XP Pro we're dealing with.

adinb 07-13-2006 01:50 PM


Originally Posted by timlance
Thank you, both. And it is Windows XP Pro we're dealing with.

Actually, I think Acronis True Image is the best deal out there for the PC. It makes the image and then does incremental or differential updates on it.

The best thing about True Image is that you can boot from the True Image CD/DVD, load an image and *totally* restore your PC, even if the HD has been wiped. Its the closest thing I've seen to mounting a sparseimage and restoring or firewire booting.

dnanian 07-13-2006 01:54 PM

Ah, TrueImage. I never get these names right. :)

Ronin 11-10-2006 08:12 PM

I have recently tried both Norton Ghost and Acronis TrueImage to try to deal with some problems on a WinXP Pro machine and I have to say that neither offers the flexibility or SD or CCC for that matter. Neither is capable of cloning one partition (of several) from one drive to another or to one partition of another drive. I would have to say that they are pretty crude instruments, though still useful in their own way.

When in the Mac Boot Camp environment it would certainly be useful to be able to clone that as well with SD. Frankly, if SD can be made to handle the NTFS drives and WinXP I would forsee a great market opportunity by porting it to Windows or one of the Linux flavors to run on a Windows box (from a CD for example). There are apparently some "Windows" utilities that do just that.

dnanian 11-10-2006 08:22 PM

Thanks for the suggestion. I recognize it's a market opportunity, but it's not necessarily one I want to pursue at this time... and there's just no way for us to handle NTFS: OSX does not write NTFS drives.

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