Preliminary note: This question is born out of a frustration with the error handling of all backup tools I have used until now on Windows.
Note: I have found these resources on the net with tests of backup software, but these tests do not help me with my requirements: http://www.backup-software-reviews.com/ , http://disk-imaging-software-review.toptenreviews.com/ , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_backup_software
I'm currently trying to find a good backup software for Windows 7, that is "safe" for non technical users and is still easy to use at home or very-small office locations. Plus it should work (see below).
The software need not be free, but it should have a trial so that I can verify that it actually works.
Dummy safe does not mean:
- Easy to configure. That'll be done by an experienced person -- me ;-)
Dummy user safe means:
The backup runs in the background and back ups all data. Be that as a disk image or as individual files.
It works while the user is normally using the PC. Having open 7 Outlook windows and all his "important" office douments. If an individual file cannot be read for backup, it tries again later - there's no point in failing the whole backup just because some file could not be read because the user had it open in an application and it was locked.
If something really goes wrong, for example the network drive it likes to backup to goes offline, then it will alert the user, so that we actually know that we need to fix something. (Ideally it would be able to configure that it also sends out an email.)
As for (1): I prefer - browsable - disk images, but individual files are OK, as long as it works.
As for (2): The built-in Win7 backup did this to me the other day, it failed the backup because it could not read a file.
As for (3): The Acronis Version that comes with BlackArmor NAS does this. It silently(!!) fails if the network drive is not reachable. It does not alert the user that he's not running backups.