Using Vista's Backup Program; I miss NTBackup

By Nonapeptide ·
Okay, I took the leap (a little late I suppose) and now have Vista Ultimate. I'm in the process of migrating everything from my XP machine to the new Vista laptop. On XP, I've got a backup job that backs up my main USB thumb drive to my HD. A very handy thing when I leave my thumb drive at work and I need to access something from the thumbdrive. Imagine my surprise when I discover how dumbed-down Vista's integrated backup software is. It won't let me backup anything to my internal HD?! Stop thinking for me!! ~~~:-[

Okay, aside from smuggling NTBackup onto Vista from XP ( ), has anyone bumped into this and figured a way around it? I just wanna backup my thumbdrive to my local HD. I'm planning on getting Acronis to image my HD, so maybe I should just wait for that.

I shutter to think about what will happen when Vista bumps off XP on all new machines. I'm a bit scared to support my users on this OS. I hope the 700 new group policy settings can offset the pain. :)

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Well..... besides copy n paste......

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Using Vista's Backup Prog ...

.... and moving the files manually, there is a synchronization utility called "SyncToy" offered through Microsoft that can be used on Vista and will synchronized any two folders, even from PDA's, external drives and USB thumb drives. Not sure if you would be interested in auto synchronization, but here are the links.

The white paper explaining what it does:

Download for SyncToy 2.0 Beta for Windows:

Based on what I read, it would work for your situation.

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Sounds good; Maybe a scheduled task using RoboCopy would do too

by Nonapeptide In reply to Well..... besides copy n ...

I'll check out SyncToy eventually. Right now I feel like I'm in a winner takes all wrestling match with Vista to get it to do what I need it to. At the moment, Vista is winning.

::Already waiting for Winodws 7::

At least Server 08 seems good.

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LOL..... When you get it "whupped"....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Sounds good; Maybe a sche ...

Let me know. I've been holding off upgrading myself. One of these days, I'll take the plunge. But, I think I'll let you guys/gals figure out how to whupp it first!

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I'm putting XP in a VM on my new computer

by Nonapeptide In reply to LOL..... When you get it ...

Just in case there's some app that just won't work on Vista. E.g. NetStumbler.

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Except that the computer I bought was made for Vista...

by Nonapeptide In reply to I'm putting XP in a VM on ...

...which means many drivers for this thing do not have a XP counterpart. ~~~

For the record, it's a Dell XPS 1530.

I think I'm going to cry.

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