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Layout Editor & backup creation


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I have been a user of ImgBurn for a while. As a burn tool it has been fantastic. As a backup tool it has not really worked (for me) and I have had to resort to Nero.

 

The new Layout Editor is a superb step in the right direction - there is just one little niggle !

 

This suggestion might already be in the tool and I have not understood, or someone else might have suggested something similar - although I could not see it in the forum.

 

I want to do my periodic backups with the tool. I select "Documents and Settings" from the C: drive into the LayoutEditor and a number of other key folders to create my basic image. This is normally too big to fit on one DVD so it requires some pruning. In the editor I can see the directories that are consuming the majority of the space. I can quickly remove all "Temp" directories, all FF/IE/... cache directories. I can remove some directories that are re-creatable or back'd-up elsewhere. In this way I can quickly create an image that fits on one DVD. Do it once a week and I have a nice in-depth backup strategy - neatly complementing my disc-disc delta backup tool. ImgBurn is a nearly perfect solution.

 

I would like to save this as a project.

 

I think what it saves is a snapshot of the files and folders that existed at the point that the Layout was created. If I load the project next week, the Layout will not contain, and hence ImgBurn will not write, any files created in the meanwhile and will presumably raise errors for the files that have been deleted. For example it would not backup anything new stored in "C:\Documents and Settings\gordon\Application Data\ImgBurn\Project Files".

 

I would like the Layout Editor to remember the "top level" directories that I included and the sub-ordinate files/directories that I removed and to rebuild the Layout from that "selection" set.

 

I can then create many projects, my backup, my wife's backup, the Linux 1 & 2 backups, the picture backup, ...

 

Perfectly understand a reply that says "ImgBurn is not a backup tool" - always important to stress what something is not. Just thought I would explain.

 

regards

 

gordon

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I have been a user of ImgBurn for a while. As a burn tool it has been fantastic. As a backup tool it has not really worked (for me) and I have had to resort to Nero.

 

Isn't this a little like saying... I've been using a butter knife for a while. It has been fantastic as a tool to spread butter. But when I use it to drive screws it has not really worked and I have to resort to using a screw driver. <_<

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