Good free backup software?

I'm feeling that Windows Backup is very inadequate. Do you know of any good, reliable, free backup software that I can use? Preferrably for Windows XP. Thanks in advance Thermo.

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tanilolli7 years ago
I use Dropbox to backup only certain files. It is really fast and I am even able to access my files from my iPod Touch when I'm not home.
thermoelectric (author)  tanilolli7 years ago
Hmm. They have a 2gb storage limit though, right?
Will the Windows Synchronization PowerToy do?

If you need free software, absolutely do not search for the word "free". Instead, head over to SourceForge and see what the popular free solutions are.
Well, I would rather something that puts it into one file. Although just copying the files might suffice.
AndyGadget8 years ago
If you're happy to write your own batch files,Robocopy is pretty good for quick and easy backups. I use it all the time both scheduled and from an icon.
It's a Microsoft command line utility (standing for Robust Copy) which was shipped with a resource kit, but is easily available.
thermoelectric (author)  AndyGadget8 years ago
I tried using Robocopy, but when I tried copying My Documents, It only copied the files, not the folders, Have I done something wrong?
You need to specify the directory name not the files, so 'robocopy source destination', not 'robocopy source\*.* destination'.

I use the command 'robocopy f: d:\Cruzer2 /mir' to backup my memory stick (F:) to the directory cruzer2 on my D: drive. Mirror will take a full copy and delete any files in the backup which have been deleted in the original.

Tye in 'robocopy' on it's own for simple use, or 'robocopy /?' for all the possible parameters (there are LOTS of them). Output this to a file with 'robocopy /? help.txt'.
thermoelectric (author)  AndyGadget8 years ago
I'm using the GUI version though. Do I have to go into cmd to do it?
I didn't know there was a GUI version!
I use robocopy.exe from the command line.
thermoelectric (author)  AndyGadget8 years ago
:-P. See the top of this article, It gives you the .exe GUI version. It's called UtilitySpotlight2006_11.exe
thermoelectric (author)  AndyGadget8 years ago
Hmm, That looks interesting. I'll look into it a bit more before I start using it though...