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Why isn't there a Windows platform backup like Mac Time Machine?

By chris ·
I had posted this in the Question forum, but it ended up being a rhetorical question. So I am posting this as a Discussion topic, and quite possibly a veiled challenge:

Why isn't there a Windows platform backup like Mac Time Machine?

I know I risk sounding like a shill for Macs, but I own 1 Mac and 4 Windows XP machines. Here's the deal:

My Mac backup is automatic - I can click on my Time Machine (TM) backup drive (USB 1TB) and it is exactly like the drive it backs up - applications, settings, preferences, folders, files, etc. all intact - and multiple chronological copies. There are only 3 settings: Off/On, Change Disk (what disk you want to use) & Options (what to exclude in backups).

On that TM drive, I can open, move, search, and copy versions of files or folders from as far back as 3 months ago, and I CAN BOOT FROM THE DRIVE IF MY PRIMARY DRIVE CRASHES.
I take the drive home with me every day as a complete offsite backup. When I start my workday, I simply plug it in, and forget it's even there until time to go home.
Without user intervention or prompts, it automatically keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups until your disk is full, and it automatically manages the full disk issue.

I actually had my primary hard drive crash, and when it did, I booted from the USB Drive and went back to work in about 10 minutes. Oh, and I ordered a new internal primary hard drive.

With Windows backup, and other third party backup software, you only get proprietary backup files that have to be recovered in entirety before you can even use them, plus there are usually a multitude of options and settings, intended for customization.

I don't get it. It seems like someone would create a solution that basically clones your hard drive once to a network or removable drive, then automatically updates that drive with all new and changed files and settings without user intervention.

To put this in a personal perspective: in my job, I use over 30 different applications (not including utilities) in any given week, and average 15-20 different apps a day. The last thing I want to wrestle with is any kind of backup and recovery labyrinth. I just want all my stuff ready to run if my primary drive crashes.

Any hungry developers out there want to build a better mousetrap?

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last time I looked Microsoft Windows had an option called Restore

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Why isn't there a Windows ...

as part of the operating system, which did this. But it relies on the user using it, most of the time.

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Many reviewers call Rebit SaveMe the "Time Machine for Windows"

by norton In reply to Why isn't there a Windows ...
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Closest thing I have seen - thanks!

by chris In reply to Many reviewers call Rebit ...

Norton, I appreciate your reply and the tip on Rebit.

This really is very similar to Time Machine.

Thanks very much again!


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