Lexar, what is the point of offering a back-up drive that's so invisible to the user it defeats the object of having a backup drive in the first place?
The bundled backup app does the job
Lexar has two drives in the Echo line: the 32GB ZE and the 64GB SE. To be fair, the SE doesn't suffer from the same 'forget about it' problem that the ZE does - it's a standard-sized USB stick, but it too has the downside that it's not big enough for a full backup. Even netbooks come with 256GB hard drives these days and they're surprisingly easy to fill.
Both types of Echo contain auto-backup software for Windows XP, Vista and 7, and Mac OS X 10.5 and up. The program works reasonably well, allowing you to choose whether you want the files copied across as they are, or encrypted and password protected first.
You can opt to backup the entire drive, specific folders and/or specific file types. You can keep multiple versions of each file too, storage space permitting. Recovery is a matter of locating the backed up file in the hierarchy and restoring to the original location or a new one.
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erm, shouldnt the stuff stored on the network drive be covered by a backup system on the server, as opposed to relying on the collection of clients personal backups to recover a DR situation???
I find memeo and a mirrored NAS as a rather efficent backup for my home laptops, seamless incremental backups as soon as they connect to the network, no plugging in, no worries
This is what happens with Time Machine on my Macbook. I plug it into a powered hub at home, which has my backup drive and CDJs hooked up to it. It backs itself up silently in the background- a fact that I have blessed on a few occasions.
Surely the network drives would be backed up in a more robust fashion than this?
I've been evaluating this as an option for notebook users and have found that the software doesn't work for data that is stored on a network drive. The policy makes the docs folder appear local but they are actually stored on a network drive.
Anyway the software just states "error" not backed up for each actual network file.
These mini USB flash things look like good devices to use for Windows Readyboost in a laptop. Just depends whether the speed is any good.