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Can anyone recommend some good software for taking full and incremental backups from a notebook computer running Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP?

I just got through a manual full backup of Numerramar - about 15Gb of files in 8 big 1.5-2Gb pieces, plus sundry large AVIs.

BTW: I've been hearing a lot and reading a little about WinFS, the new file system of Windows Longhorn, and what little has been put out about WinFX. It all looks interesting and promising, but not having laid my hands on any developer tools yet, it's hard for me to formulate a complete opinion. Have any of you done either (looked at dev tools or formed an opinion)?

(The reasons for my backups are left as an exercise for the reader...)



Jul. 18th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
WinFS support has been removed from the immediate release of longhorn and Microsoft has stated that it will be available as a patch / add on for both Windows XP and Longhorn "at a later date"

It's an attempt at at database like file system, the basic concept there is instead of identifying files in a tree like structure, you identify and sort by file type in a more relational-database format and retrieve files from the filesystem using a SQL like query language. It signifigantly abstracts storage and sorting of files. To get more of an idea of what I'm talking about, look here : http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=1&q=http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/7/a/27ab8218-e3d8-4261-b8e4-6ffc7bd8f199/winfsschemadiagram.vsd&e=10053
Jul. 18th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
WinFS for WinXP
Hrm... availability for WinXP? Any idea how that will work?

It's an intriguing upgrade, though I would want to retain file sharing (SMB-based, NetBEUI, or by whatever other means will work) to a Linux system.

This sounds very promising, but it's either going to just work, like Samba, or be the biggest file corruption fiasco since the Macintosh File System to Hierarchical File System (MFS/HFS) debacle of the late 1980s.

Jul. 18th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
Re: WinFS for WinXP
there would probably be a new way to query files remotely for sharing purposes... you could even mark some entities as shared so a remote agent could query "show me all shared files that I can access on the remote computer, show me all shared music files I can access on the remote computer, show me all shared music files by this artist that I can access on the remote computer"...

it'd be something a lot more than your typical mount // /mnt/samba though. require a lot of changes. be really neat though.
Jul. 18th, 2005 07:20 pm (UTC)
Content-based indexing and other database features in a file system
Yes, I'm sure it could be implemented as a front-end application. I suppose the point is that the file table actually keeps this metadata.

As I think about it, the basic functionality doesn't seem all that new to me. Everything from Norton Commander/Midnight Commander to present-day content management systems such as Wikis, PHPnuke, and Smarty do similar things. The point is that those require MySQL and PHP, whereas if I understand correctly, this will embed the DBMS engine within the file system parts of the kernel.


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