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Good free backup software? Answered

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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tanilolli

9 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.

Well, I would rather something that puts it into one file. Although just copying the files might suffice.

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AndyGadget

9 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.

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thermoelectricAndyGadget

Answer 9 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?

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AndyGadgetthermoelectric

Answer 9 years ago

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'.

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thermoelectricAndyGadget

Answer 9 years ago

I'm using the GUI version though. Do I have to go into cmd to do it?

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AndyGadgetthermoelectric

Answer 9 years ago

I didn't know there was a GUI version!
I use robocopy.exe from the command line.

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thermoelectricAndyGadget

Answer 9 years ago

:-P. See the top of this article, It gives you the .exe GUI version. It's called UtilitySpotlight2006_11.exe

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thermoelectricAndyGadget

Answer 9 years ago

Hmm, That looks interesting. I'll look into it a bit more before I start using it though...