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I have a iomega iconnect nas and i am thinking of backing up my whole hard drive.

There are two choices using windows file sharing or rsync.

I tried to google and people is saying it is unsafe to share out whole hard drive but i cant find any detail steps. anyone can advise?

And if i using rsync what sofware i need to install in windows xp to do so

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I know this isn't exactly what you are asking for, but you might have better luck with a Drive Imaging software like Acronis True Image Home, DriveImage XML or Macrium Reflect Backup. That will allow you to guarantee a full copy of your hard drive and make it easier to restore your machine in case of a failure.

If you would still prefer to use a file based solution - I would recommend looking into FreeFileSync, SyncToy v2.0, or Unison File Synchronizer - these have native Windows support rather than trying to find an rsync utility for Win32/64.

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Also take a look at Drive Snapshot, which is ShareWare with a free 30-day trial (for making backups only; reading/restoring is free forever regardless of trial status); it has some excellent features such as mounting the snapshot as a drive letter, and it also reports any bad sectors in a plain/text file as it encounters them: drivesnapshot.de –  Randolf Richardson Feb 27 '11 at 2:00

If you have a Seagate or Maxtor hard drive, you can get a free copy of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) version of Acronis True Image. Seagate provides this tool for migrating your files from an older Seagate or Maxtor hard disk to a new one. You can also use the tool as backup utilities simply by downloading either the Seagate DiscWizard or Maxtor MaxBlast software.

After you download and install either of these OEM version packages, you’ll be able to quickly and easily create a complete image backup of your Windows XP hard disk.

I've also read good things about HDCLONE which also does disk imaging and there's a free version.

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I have used cwRsync for years with great success. It is a self-contained windows version of rSync. The same site also has another package for a rSync server if you need that, too.

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I have had great luck with CopyTo Synchronizer, now freeware: http://www.kish-d.com/

It is highly customizable with name, date, and size filters, supports one way or two way synchronization, gives a summary of files to be synced before it runs, and is very low-overhead.

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