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Old 07 September 2004, 15:24   #1
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Backing up an Amiga HD

Some of my Amiga HDs are getting close to 10 years old, so disk failure is at the back of my mind.

What are some good methods/programs for backing up Amiga HDs?

I would like to back my HD up to a zip drive. In the past I have just copied the contents of the HD onto zip disk, but there are probably better solutions. It would also be nice to compress the data transparently.

[Historical note: Once upon a time I backed up my A600 to video tape using VBS - this is NOT a good option (far too slow and unreliable - and the only time I ever needed to restore something, the tape ended up being corrupt.)]
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Old 12 September 2004, 19:38   #2
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VBS? Video Backup System? ..I used to own of of those.. it was really crappy.
 
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Yes i remember one being reviewed in Commodore Format for the C64, I guess it made more sense for that. Anyway..


Have you tried backing the information up on you PC via WinUAE by physically attaching you Amiga HD to you PC and then reading them in an emulated Amiga?
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I think the winuae method is good.

I backed up my Amiga 600's 30MB HD by compressing it bits by bits and sending it over to my PC. back then you didnt have the option to connect the drive to the pc!
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how did you compress your hdd ? with bootrecord ? and which tool you used ?
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Just simple doing it bit by bit with LHA and sending the archives over to the PC and decompressing them there. No science. Obviously not the best method, but if your HD is smalle, it's feasible.
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I've used Quarterback, AmiBack and Diavolo. I'd recommend Diavolo to do this if you can find a copy (you cand download a demo on Aminet, but it doesn't allow you to restore data). It supports XPK compression, and is fast and system friendly.
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

I have not tried the WinUAE method, but seems far too much of a hassle - I think, I'll just use tar/gzip, lha or lzx and my zip drive.
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