backing up with rsync

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Here is a python script using rsync to backup my Users directory in Vista to an external hard drive.
import os

cmd = "rsync -avz --exclude '/AppData/'" + \
      "/cygdrive/c/Users/sofeng" + \
Why not to use the backup program that comes with your external hard drive:
Do not, whatever you do, feed your valuable data to a program that is going to save it in a file format that can only be read by that program, or by that kind of computer. Because when the program can’t or the computer can’t, you’re out of options. --Tim Bray, Protecting Your Data
Why to use rsync: rsync -essh -rtpvz rocks. --Mark Pilgrim, Essentials

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