You might find this recent forum discussion of interest: http://www.proz.com/topic/41478 .
You might like to have a look at this website, where SyncBack has very good user ratings: http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/system/fwbackup.html. There is a download button on the site.
You can set the program to synchronize files between two or more folders/subfolders/drives that you work on simultaneously, or backup files from one folder/subfolder/drive to another, if you only work on one side, and want your files to be mirrored at another location. You can set a schedule for automatic synchronization/backup, or run it manually. And the best - the program is free and works super fast!
Alexander Chisholm wrote:
I would like to be abe to perform "disaster recovery" backups. I.e., backups with all my most recent work, trados TMs, emails etc.
I am not sure if you'll be able to backup your emails with this software.
Alexander Chisholm wrote: I use office, mostly word, and so my custom dictionary is quite extensive (lots of chemical names accumulated over the years). I also use Trados and do a lot of communication by email.
Sounds fine to me. As long as your external hard drive is large enough, there should be no problem backing everything up. I found SyncBack to be very quick with backups, even for large files.
Alexander Chisholm wrote: Ideally, I would like to find an application that would allow me to backup selected folders (those containing my word and trados files) and also if possible my Outlook files, and my custom dictionary from word. I'm sure there are other files I've forgotten to mention here, so please feel free to suggest any - again assuming you're a translator/writer working in a similar way to me.
Again, ideally, I would like to back this up to my 60GB USB drive (so there will be quite a bit of space).
SyncBack allows you to choose exactly which folders to backup to which drive (and which folder in the target drive). I am not sure how or if it works with Outlook.
I want to mention that I am not in any way associated with SyncBack. I just found it very useful and it helped me save a lot of time and hassle, since I can schedule it to run automatically (at any point of time I want it to run).
Hope this helps,
[Edited at 2006-02-25 17:51]