What do you think about Drive Backup?

Coordinator
Apr 23, 2010 at 3:06 AM

Suggest features, list problems, or simply praise the program!

May 21, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Hi;

 

I can't get it to work. It installed OK (I already had .net 3.5 installed). Even after several reboots, it will not recognize my USB drive.

 

Note: I had previously installed a trial version of backupusb.com. That software ran OK, but it is not free.  I've tried uninstalling that software, re-installing Drive Backup, but still no dice. No matter what I do, Drive Backup thinks there are no USB drives installed.

 

Also note: when I plug in my WD MyBook 320 GB USB drive, Drive Backup will popup a window, offering to let me start using the program. But, it will not let me do the "computer to USB" step where it adds the USB drive .

 

Steve

 

Coordinator
May 21, 2010 at 7:55 PM

Hey,

I apologize that you are having problems with Drive Backup and I hope I can resolve your issue.

It sounds like Drive Backup is in fact recognizing your USB drive since it displays the notification to configure the USB drive as a backup drive. When you click on the notification, a dialog box should show up. This dialog box allows you to configure a computer->USB backup scheme. You should be able to add files/directories using the dialog and press "Finish" when you are done. This will then backup the selected files/directories from your computer onto the USB drive the next time the drive is inserted.

Another way that you can configure a USB drive for use with Drive Backup is to open the Drive Backup main window. You can accomplish this by double clicking the picture of a USB drive in the program icons cluster on the right of your Start menu bar. You can then press the "Add new drive" button to select a backup scheme and configure a drive for use.

I am aware that the current user interface of Drive Backup leaves much to be desired and I am hoping to release an updated version sometime this summer. If you continue to encounter problems, please let me know and I will do my best to help resolve these issues.

Thanks for choosing Drive Backup!

Alex White

On 21 May 2010 11:18:59 -0700, "stevecrye" <notifications@codeplex.com> wrote:

From: stevecrye

Hi;

I can't get it to work. It installed OK (I already had .net 3.5 installed). Even after several reboots, it will not recognize my USB drive.

Note: I had previously installed a trial version of backupusb.com. That software ran OK, but it is not free. I've tried uninstalling that software, re-installing Drive Backup, but still no dice. No matter what I do, Drive Backup thinks there are no USB drives installed.

Also note: when I plug in my WD MyBook 320 GB USB drive, Drive Backup will popup a window, offering to let me start using the program. But, it will not let me do the "computer to USB" step where it adds the USB drive .

Steve

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May 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Hi;

Thanks for the quick reply. I just tried another full uninstall/ reboot/ install / reboot cycle. Still can't "Add New Drive". Here is what happens:

 

* I launch the program (no worries about the interface, mate - it's fine ;-) )

* The Recent Messages field reports " program started"

* I click on "Add new drive" button.

* Add Drive window appears, offering two choices: Computer to USB, or USB to computer.

* I select Computer to USB and click Continue

* New window opens with single line message "No USB drives found!" and an OK button.

* I open Windows Explorer and verify the drive is there and I can read and write to it.

 

I really suspect that something related to the backupusb.com application is interfering with yours.

 

Any suggestions most welcome.

 

Steve

Coordinator
May 22, 2010 at 3:25 AM

Hey,

I was able to replicate what I think to be your issue with an external hard drive. It seems as though Drive Backup is having problems detecting external hard drives vs flash drives. I will look into a solution and hopefully be able to release a fix within a few days. Also, I was wondering if you could provide some further information to help me solve this issue.

1) What operating system are you using? Is the system a 64-bit OS?

2) When you insert the USB drive and the system notification from Drive Backup pops up in the lower right, what happens when you click the pop-up? If a dialog box appears, does it list the correct drive letter for your USB device in the upper left corner?

Again, thanks a lot for the information and hopefully I'll be able to release a fix within a couple of days!

On 21 May 2010 14:03:49 -0700, "stevecrye" <notifications@codeplex.com> wrote:

From: stevecrye

Hi;

Thanks for the quick reply. I just tried another full uninstall/ reboot/ install / reboot cycle. Still can't "Add New Drive". Here is what happens:

* I launch the program (no worries about the interface, mate - it's fine ;-) )

* The Recent Messages field reports " program started"

* I click on "Add new drive" button.

* Add Drive window appears, offering two choices: Computer to USB, or USB to computer.

* I select Computer to USB and click Continue

* New window opens with single line message "No USB drives found!" and an OK button.

* I open Windows Explorer and verify the drive is there and I can read and write to it.

I really suspect that something related to the backupusb.com application is interfering with yours.

Any suggestions most welcome.

Steve

--

My software/project portfolio:

http://awnet.homedns.org

Coordinator
May 22, 2010 at 7:29 AM

Hey,

I think I found the problem. The program was restricted to searching for only drives which Windows classifies as "removable". It seems that external hard drives are classified as "fixed" instead of removable. Here is the link for the fixed version: http://awnet.homedns.org/files/dbTest52210.zip Please let me know if this release fixes the problem so I can release a mass update.

May 25, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Well. the new version recognizes my drive and allows me to select it as Computer to USB. I can then add c:\ as the directory to backup.

but, no matter what I do, I can't get the darn thing to actually start a backup. Perhaps I'm trying to get your software to do something it was never intended to do.

I've gone through several cycles of adding and configuring the drive, doing a safe remove, re-insert. The program seems to not remember the settings. I think it created the following autorun.inf:

[autorun]
action=Automatic USB Backup & Synchronize
open=BackupUSBProgram\AutomaticUSBBackup.exe

If I select it and tell it install, it errors-out.

BTW I have autoplay/autorun disabled on all my computers for security reasons. This probably has something to do with the problem. Any way to manually launch your backup program?

 

Thanks,

 

Steve

 

Coordinator
May 25, 2010 at 7:01 AM

I apologize the software is giving you so many troubles and I really hope that we can resolve these issues. The program does not create an Autorun file, and thus does not depend on Autorun being enabled (I would guess that Autorun file is from the previous program you were telling me about). Drive Backup should create a hierarchy of folders on your USB drive as follows: \%computer name%\%user name%\. Drive Backup then stores two data files in this folder that allow for the identification of the drive as a backup drive (these files are: driveBackup.data and www.mark). Please tell me if the above folder hierarchy and the data files exist on the drive in question. Also note that the USB Drive will only backup with the same user as configured the drive (this is to allow multiple backup configurations from different users of the same computer).

 

Also, are you by any chance using Windows XP x86/x64? I have been able to test the conditions of your problem on Win 7 and Vista to no avail, but I do not currently have access to an XP system to test on. There may be some discrepancies in Windows XP vs. Windows Vista/7’s handling of drive detection that may be the source of this problem.

 

Again, I would like to apologize for the difficulties you have been experiencing and thank you for your patience. I will further test the program and examine the source code.

 

 

Alex White

 

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My open source software portfolio

http://awnet.homedns.org

 

May 25, 2010 at 4:15 PM

Hi;

Alex, Please don't apologize - writing software is complex, and you are providing your program free.

At present I don't have access to Win7 - all my tests are on XP SP3. But, my gut tells me this is not an XP vs Win7 problem.

Autorun.inf was from the previous program, I deleted it. I did a fresh install of your test version. Although it will not pop up a balloon when the drive is inserted (perhaps because I have autorun disabled in the Registry as per this: http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/techalerts/TA09-020A.html   Disable AutoRun in Microsoft Windows

To effectively disable AutoRun in Microsoft Windows, import the following registry value:

REGEDIT4
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\IniFileMapping\Autorun.inf]
@="@SYS:DoesNotExist" )

, if I launch your program manually I can click on the Add New Drive button, and then select Computer to USB it will see the drive and allow me to add it and select source files to backup. When that is done, I  see new folders on the USB external drive:

D:\EPXXXXXXX>dir
 Volume in drive D is Expansion Drive
 Volume Serial Number is 24C9-0316

 Directory of D:\EPXXXXXXX

05/25/2010  08:52 AM    <DIR>          .
05/25/2010  08:52 AM    <DIR>          ..
05/25/2010  08:52 AM    <DIR>          stcrye

D:\EPXXXXXXX\stcrye>dir

05/25/2010  08:52 AM    <DIR>          .
05/25/2010  08:52 AM    <DIR>          ..
05/25/2010  08:52 AM               204 driveBackup.data
05/25/2010  08:52 AM                 0 www.mark
               2 File(s)            204 bytes
               2 Dir(s)  456,573,046,784 bytes free

 

and also two folders with cryptic names that seem to have been created when I installed your program yesterday:

D:\3044dc5ce4d28030b3>dir
 Volume in drive D is Expansion Drive
 Volume Serial Number is 24C9-0316

 Directory of D:\3044dc5ce4d28030b3

05/24/2010  04:16 PM    <DIR>          .
05/24/2010  04:16 PM    <DIR>          ..
05/24/2010  04:16 PM    <DIR>          dotnetfx20
05/24/2010  04:16 PM    <DIR>          dotnetfx30
05/24/2010  04:16 PM    <DIR>          dotnetfx35
07/30/2008  12:26 AM         2,959,376 dotnetfx35setup.exe
05/24/2010  04:16 PM    <DIR>          tools

 

and this:

 Directory of D:\5f59fae9c094e942aa47df2dc18a4106

05/24/2010  04:16 PM    <DIR>          .
05/24/2010  04:16 PM    <DIR>          ..
07/29/2008  11:15 PM           225,490 baseline.dat
07/29/2008  11:15 PM               796 deffactory.dat
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            97,280 DeleteTemp.exe
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           276,984 dlmgr.dll
07/30/2008  12:23 AM           633,848 DW20.EXE
07/30/2008  12:23 AM           111,616 DWINTL20.DLL
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            46,893 eula.1025.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            53,519 eula.1028.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            43,814 eula.1029.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            41,822 eula.1030.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            41,798 eula.1031.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            53,977 eula.1032.rtf
07/29/2008  04:03 PM           110,130 eula.1033.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            43,216 eula.1035.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            42,457 eula.1036.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            77,913 eula.1037.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            44,918 eula.1038.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            41,708 eula.1040.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            61,595 eula.1041.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM           127,418 eula.1042.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            40,763 eula.1043.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            40,854 eula.1044.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            45,015 eula.1045.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            40,995 eula.1046.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            74,626 eula.1049.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            41,314 eula.1053.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            46,870 eula.1055.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            51,680 eula.2052.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            43,434 eula.2070.rtf
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            41,495 eula.3082.rtf
07/29/2008  06:47 PM         1,064,448 gencomp.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           177,152 HtmlLite.dll
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1025.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1028.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1029.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1030.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1031.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1032.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1035.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1036.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1037.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1038.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1040.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1041.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1042.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1043.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1044.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1045.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1046.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1049.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1053.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.1055.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.2052.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.2070.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.3082.ini
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            16,978 locdata.ini
07/29/2008  06:43 PM             5,208 logo.bmp
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           269,304 setup.exe
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            76,356 setup.sdb
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           113,152 setupres.1025.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            84,992 setupres.1028.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           125,440 setupres.1029.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           126,464 setupres.1030.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           130,048 setupres.1031.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           137,728 setupres.1032.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           122,368 setupres.1035.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           133,120 setupres.1036.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           111,104 setupres.1037.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           132,096 setupres.1038.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           128,512 setupres.1040.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            97,792 setupres.1041.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            94,720 setupres.1042.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           129,024 setupres.1043.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           121,856 setupres.1044.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           128,512 setupres.1045.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           122,880 setupres.1046.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           123,904 setupres.1049.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           121,344 setupres.1053.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           121,344 setupres.1055.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            84,480 setupres.2052.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           131,072 setupres.2070.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           131,584 setupres.3082.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           110,080 setupres.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM         1,364,992 SITSetup.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           632,320 vs70uimgr.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           413,184 vsbasereqs.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           689,152 vsscenario.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM         1,054,208 vs_setup.dll
07/30/2008  12:23 AM           626,688 vs_setup.MS_
07/29/2008  11:15 PM            21,744 vs_setup.pdi
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           102,904 WapRes.1025.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            89,592 WapRes.1028.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           108,536 WapRes.1029.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           108,536 WapRes.1030.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           111,608 WapRes.1031.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           113,656 WapRes.1032.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           106,488 WapRes.1035.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           112,120 WapRes.1036.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           101,368 WapRes.1037.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           111,096 WapRes.1038.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           110,072 WapRes.1040.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            95,224 WapRes.1041.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            92,664 WapRes.1042.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           108,536 WapRes.1043.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           106,488 WapRes.1044.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           109,048 WapRes.1045.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           107,512 WapRes.1046.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           107,000 WapRes.1049.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           105,976 WapRes.1053.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           106,488 WapRes.1055.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM            89,080 WapRes.2052.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           110,072 WapRes.2070.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           111,096 WapRes.3082.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           107,512 WapRes.dll
07/29/2008  06:47 PM           984,056 WapUI.dll
             115 File(s)     15,826,810 bytes
               2 Dir(s)  456,573,046,784 bytes free

D:\5f59fae9c094e942aa47df2dc18a4106>

Doing a safe remove of the drive and re-inserting it will never pop up a balloon. Also, after a reinsertion cycle, if I manually run the program, it acts like it have never seen the drive before, even though the above folders are still there. Finally, if I click on the Configure Drive button (even after a successful recent add of the drive) brings up a Configure Drive window that reports on the Computer to USB Drives tab "No Backup Drives Found".

Assuming that my disabling of autorun is mucking with your program, is there a way I can trigger it manually?

Thanks,

Steve

 

Coordinator
May 26, 2010 at 10:21 PM

I set up a test environment with Windows XP SP3 and disabled autorun as per the instructions you provided and Drive Backup was unaffected. As for the "Configure Drive" button not recognizing your newly set up drive, that was simply an undiscovered bug. I am currently working on another test version that has fixed the "Configure Drive" menu problem and will also include a menu option to manually backup your USB drive. As for the extra folders, they are not related to my program. The only files that Drive Backup creates are the ones I told you about earlier. I will continue to investigate the possibility of a conflict with autorun being disabled, and I should have the new test version up by the end of the day.

Alex White

---------------------------------

My open source software portfolio

http://awnet.homedns.org

Coordinator
May 27, 2010 at 5:18 AM

Here’s the link to the new test version: http://awnet.homedns.org/files/dbTest52710.zip. Use Main -> Start Backup to initiate a manual backup. You can also enable a desktop button that stays in the bottom-right corner of the screen that can be used to backup a drive. Enable this feature in the new options menu, Main -> Options.

 

 

Alex White

 

---------------------------------

My open source software portfolio

http://awnet.homedns.org

 

 

Coordinator
Jun 4, 2010 at 6:10 AM
Edited Jun 4, 2010 at 6:10 AM
Is the new release working for you?
Coordinator
Jun 4, 2010 at 6:11 AM
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