I am frustrated at the lack of robustness of backup software to work with my MyBook Live 3TB. It appears to me that LAN backups to MyBook Live just aren’t fast enough on a 10/100Mb network to perform live partition backups such as those done by Norton Ghost and others. Furthermore, file backup software is generally even slower and doesn’t provide much flexibility in selecting the folders and files you wish to backup. Here’s a summary of what I’ve tried so far (note that partition backup tests were performed on an 8GB partition & file backup tests were performed on a folder with 1610 files and over 1200 subfolders with a total of 124MB when the software allowed selection of a single folder):
WD SmartWare - Very slow and no ability to select or specify individual folders or files. Background process on PC occasionally consumes large amounts of CPU time. Does have the advantage that backed up files can be viewed normally with Explorer by changing the Samba config to allow the MyBook Live backup directory to be browsable.
Norton Ghost 14 - Fast partition backups but occasionally failed for unexplained reasons. Very fast file backups but has awkward interface for selecting files to restore. Generally works ok with MyBook Live.
EASEUS ToDo 3.0 - Very fast partition backups on local disk (faster than Ghost) but frequently timed out with errors backing up over LAN to MyBook Live. Reasonably fast file backups with much better interface for browsing file backups than Ghost. However, I could not get ToDo to successfully read the backup file from MyBook Live.
NovaBackup Pro - Failed on partition backup to MyBook Live with VSS errors. Gave up on trial edition.
SyncBack & SyncBackSE - File backups only. Very flexible but very slow over LAN to MyBook Live. Took over 20 min to backup test folder. Backup files are browsable with Explorer.
Windows Backup (Vista) - Limited flexibility slightly better than WD SmartWare. Haven’t tried partition backups.
I would like to know the experiences of other MyBook Live users with backup software (partition and file types). Personally, I’m leaning toward Ghost for weekly partition backups (with incrementals) to a 2nd internal drive with “offsite” copy to MyBook Live, but I’m still undecided on file backup software.