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kettles
03-01-2009, 10:18 AM
I'm using Vista Home Premium and the built in backup is stupid. I just want a reliable program which I can use to copy selected folders to my external HDD, and update them from time to time. What do you guys use?

gary67
03-01-2009, 10:30 AM
MS synctoy works great and is free, available to download from there site

wainuitech
03-01-2009, 10:35 AM
x2 for Synctoy (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C26EFA36-98E0-4EE9-A7C5-98D0592D8C52&displaylang=en) with Graphical Instructions (http://www.pchell.com/support/synctoy.shtml) on how to use ( Warning) the site is quite slow to load sometimes - lots of graphics)

jwil1
03-01-2009, 10:48 AM
A batch file :p
I find this excellent for backing up my firefox profile and outlook data file each day :)

Create this file in notepad called 'SyncOneWay.bat'...


@echo off
echo Scanning for and Syncing altered files in
echo %1 and copying them to %2
XCOPY "%1" "%2" /D /I /E %3
pause


And this one (call it whatever you like)


@echo off
title Syncing F:\Files to M:\SyncWithInternalDrive\Files
SYNCONEWAY "F:\Files" "M:\SyncWithInternalDrive\Files"
pause


Where F:\Files is the source and M:\SyncWithInternalDrive\Files is the backup destination

Then put both files in the same folder and run the one with your choice of name :)

HTH

Vallis
03-01-2009, 11:31 AM
SyncToy is good. SyncBack is even better. :thumbs:
There's an excellent free version here (http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html).

Colpol
03-01-2009, 11:40 AM
SyncToy is good. SyncBack is even better. :thumbs:
There's an excellent free version here (http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html).

SyncBack works atreat and is easy to use.

Vince
04-01-2009, 04:54 AM
MS synctoy works great and is free, available to download from there site

I tried using Sync toy A while back. It produced something like 75 errors backing up a partition of about 1GB, consistently, by its own count, so I stopped using it.

Maybe I was doing something wrong?:confused:

Strommer
04-01-2009, 08:50 AM
Cobian - recommended by other PF1ers, here:
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/cobbackup.html

Digby
04-01-2009, 09:23 AM
A batch file :p
I find this excellent for backing up my firefox profile and outlook data file each day :)

Create this file in notepad called 'SyncOneWay.bat'...


@echo off
echo Scanning for and Syncing altered files in
echo %1 and copying them to %2
XCOPY "%1" "%2" /D /I /E %3
pause


And this one (call it whatever you like)


@echo off
title Syncing F:\Files to M:\SyncWithInternalDrive\Files
SYNCONEWAY "F:\Files" "M:\SyncWithInternalDrive\Files"
pause


Where F:\Files is the source and M:\SyncWithInternalDrive\Files is the backup destination

Then put both files in the same folder and run the one with your choice of name :)

HTH

Good skills !

That looks great
I am an old Dos head and used to use batch files all the time.
Not such clever one as yours though !
I have been writing a few scripts these days, but find it hard to get to grisp with.

Blam
04-01-2009, 09:51 PM
SyncToy is good, or you can try Toucan, which also comes in a portable version

linw
04-01-2009, 10:18 PM
Comodo backup (free) is well worth a look.

Be aware that sync tools are not good backup tools, especially if they are set to sync frequently. Try this scenario. Completely mangle a file one day then discover the problem the next day. Let's go to the 'backup'. Ooops, the sync tool has copied the mangled file over the last good one.

Comodo can store several versions e.g. father, grandfather and son just like the old days!