I have been looking into back up programs as I have migrated from WinXP to Win7. I had EZbackitup previously and did not know if a program last updated in 2004 would be suited to back up a computer on a new OS. I noticed that this program had a nice interface, but like a number of back up programs, it implements a compression format. Aside from saving space, why do back up programs compress or bundle the back up files as a zip file (or other formats)? Can one mirror the files as if we were copying all the files directly to an external drive? Can Toucan be programmed to back up without zipping?
I read the previous post about non-zip back up, but when I saw scripting, that was beyond my level of tech. I have photos, family videos, music and other files totaling around 600GB thus far and I'm looking to back it up in a way that will allow me to simply copy files over if I needed to rather than restoring it with a program.