I'd like some advice related to good practices when working from a USB stick. In particular about backup software. I have my own homemade backup (C# + JFileSync), but this would be for my wife who's not a geek.
The problem: My wife is using 3 computers (netbook, laptop, desktop) and has data on all of them plus on a USB stick.
Want: Work only out of the USB stick, but run on each computer a non-intrusive backup that saves the USB data locally. So the master data is on the stick, but is automatically mirrored on each computer she uses at that moment.
Looking for backup that would:
- Be able to backup opened files (robocopy for example cannot save opened files)
- Continuous backup without user intervention
- Save files in the same dir structure/format, so that in case of trouble she would simply go to the backup dir and get the file
- If possible, keep several versions of the files (for the case stick has the content erased and then inserted on one of the computers)
- Run on Windows XP and 7 and be not that expensive !!! Open source would be ideal.
I've played with JFileSync, robocopy, etc. I'd go for an industrial strength solution as a home-made solution would take time to iron out problems. I cannot afford to lose data.