File His­tory re­place­ment

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I need to switch to a more re­li­able form of backup as I find File His­tory spo­radic at best. Al­though it’s set to save daily, it can go many days – or even a week – with­out sav­ing any­thing. I’m back­ing up to my net­work drive, so any al­ter­na­tive would need to sup­port that. PHILIP CROSS

Rob Mead-Green replies: File His­tory should be more re­li­able than that, but it can be good not to trust Win­dows to keep your data backed up. Any al­ter­na­tive has to of­fer the same fea­tures – ver­sion­ing (so you can roll back to an ear­lier ver­sion of a file), real-time backup of changes and full sup­port for net­work drives.

One of our favourite free tools is EaseUS ToDo Backup Free – to avoid pro­vid­ing your email ad­dress in re­turn for the down­load link, get it from www.ma­jorgeeks.com/files/de­tails/easeus_

to do_ back­up_ free_ edi­tion. html. You will also need to avoid var­i­ous ‘of­fers’ after con­firm­ing your de­fault backup lo­ca­tion (you can change this later) be­fore the pro­gram’s in­stalled.

Once you’ve jumped through those hur­dles, though, you’ll have a backup tool that does all you need of it. Click the small ar­row but­ton next to the shop­ping cart and choose Set­tings to change the de­fault backup path, en­abling you to con­nect to your NAS or a net­work drive folder. Choose the Smart Backup op­tion to pro­tect key fold­ers with reg­u­lar (half-hourly) back­ups and the abil­ity to roll back to ear­lier ver­sions.

EaseUS ToDo Backup Free is an al­ter­na­tive to File His­tory.

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