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I have a removable disk drive (RD1000 from Dell), and I am looking for backup software that will allow me to backup every night, and every morning switch to the alternate disk. There is only one directory structure to back up, what I want is two copies, one which I will take home with me every night, one which will be backing up every night, and when I get in in the morning, I will switch them.

So for instance I have disk "a" and disk "b". On Monday night I want to go home with disk "a" and leave disk "b" in the drive, so that a scheduled back up will be written to it. On Tuesday morning I will come in and swap disks, and I will take "b" home that night, leaving "a" for the backup. And so on for the remainder of the week.

FOSS software preferred, Freeware acceptable, paid software as a last-ditch effort.

Oh, btw I'm stuck with Windows 2000

Thanks in advance.

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Windows 2000? You could just use NTBackup and have it write the bkf file to the hard drive. I don't have any more machines with Win2000, so I can't give any details about that version of NTBackup, but it's pretty straightforward.

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sounds like a viable option, do you know whether or not NTBackup keeps multiple versions of files? – luke Mar 18 '10 at 21:45
What do you mean multiple versions? NTBackup will basically just copy the one directory tree you want into a single file called whatever_you_want.bkf I think the only way you could keep multiple versions is by changing the name of the .bkf file each time. You'll have to play with it a bit. – Ward Mar 18 '10 at 21:55
Actually, based on your comment, you might just want to use rsync or one of the similar commercial (but cheap) tools like SecondCopy. – Ward Mar 18 '10 at 21:56
It's a long time since I've used ntbackup, but if memory serves you can set a job to append. Your scenario would be creating two identical jobs but going to different destinations and running on alternate days, configured to append if possible. – Le Comte du Merde-fou Mar 18 '10 at 23:28

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