View Full Version : back up programs - feedback?

11-11-2002, 01:39 PM
HI all,

I've tu-tued with a heap of back up programs in the past but none has done what I want in the simplest way.

What I want to do is backup my small home network using a program that does incremental backups but does *not* use a native or other compression format to do it in.

I'm not worried about saving space, and I do want instant access to the backed up files, so I'm only wanting a program that will simply copy files from one drive to another, but will not copy files that already exist (unless they are older).

Does anyone know of such software? I would have thought it would be simple to find something but I'm still searching...

Thanks for any help.

11-11-2002, 01:51 PM
If its a whole folder/Network Drive, then if Youve got a CD Writer, then on a basic scale, Nero works great, Insert the CD and it'll auto update all the files that were updated!

11-11-2002, 01:59 PM
Hey CS

No not to CD - I've got one of those USB portable hard disks (they are beyond great)...had a lot of problems with CDRWs in the past, they would only last 50 rewrites (different brands) and then crap out.

11-11-2002, 02:02 PM
I mean using a regular CD-R. If the backup's under 700MB That is. When the CD-R is re-inserted, it'll pick up what's been modified or added to the folders. CD's only take about 3 mins to burn nowdays, with the latest writers, i heard its getting closer to 2 mins for a burn. Especially if you've saved the "To Burn" file or whatever it is called (What you want burnt to the CD... That... saved to a file...).

How much are you hoping to back up anyways and how often?

11-11-2002, 05:42 PM
Falvarez, copy the below to notepad, save it as something like "My Backup.vbs". Double click to run, or use some scheduling software to run it automatically.

You need to alter lines 2 and 3 (starting with "Backup") to match your drives/folders. You can add additional or remove surplus. I'm sure you can see the format required: Backup "original folder", "backup folder"

' Run folder-recursive backup
Backup "c:\the original folder", "\\network drive\the backup folder"
Backup "c:\another folder", "\\network drive\another backup folder"


Sub BackUp(whereFrom,whereTo)

' ======================================
' === duplicates folder structure and creates backup
' === copies of files specified using the whereFrom
' === argument
' ======================================

Dim drfoFrom, drfoTo, drfosubFrom

' copy backup folder structure
Set drfoFrom = fs.GetFolder(whereFrom)
Set drfoTo = fs.CreateFolder(whereTo & "\" & drfoFrom.Name)

' === Process files in current folder ===

' only copy changed files and clear archive attribute
On Error Resume Next

For Each fi In drfoFrom.Files
If fi.Attributes And 32 Then
fi.Copy drfoTo.Path & "\"
fi.Attributes = fi.Attributes - 32
End If

On Error GoTo 0

' === Process all subdirectories and do the same thing ===

Set drfosubFrom = drfoFrom.SubFolders

' recurse through each subfolder
For Each drfosub In drfosubFrom
Backup drfosub.Path & "\", drfoTo.Path

' release resources
Set drfosubFrom = Nothing
Set drfoTo = Nothing
Set drfoFrom = Nothing

End Sub

11-11-2002, 07:30 PM
Hey again CS

No I meant I don't want to back up to CDR at all - only to my portable drive.
Backing up say 25gigs - that's a lot of CDRs!

11-11-2002, 07:31 PM
Thanks Ant,

Will do it and let you know - wish I had your talent!