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Backup Program

I swear, this isn't spam. :-) I've seen people ask for "Automated Hands Free Backup" programs here before.*

Found this free automated backup program. It's not perfect (you can only select directories, not individual files), but what sets it apart is that it'll FTP files for you. I think that's worth moving some files around for... FWIW, I found this on

Another good freebie is Karen's replicator. I haven't used it much, but I think it'll give you more control, but won't FTP.

Sunday, August 8, 2004

xcopy /s C:\*.* D:\

OJ bin Laden
Sunday, August 8, 2004

Hmm. I guess you could do everything with the task manager & command prompt.

But then why would anyone bother to write programs like these?
Sunday, August 8, 2004

Second Copy from does pretty well everything. It's the one IBM use internally.

Stephen Jones
Sunday, August 8, 2004

Yeah, I've seen Second Copy recommended here a lot. I didn't know it did the FTP thing though. If it does, they don't exactly shout it from the rooftops. I even peeked at the tour and didn't see anything about it in there.

In any case, this one is free. :)
Sunday, August 8, 2004

I'm using SC 2000 release 6.2, and it only supports NetBIOS. No trace of FTP.

Sunday, August 8, 2004

"I guess you could do everything with the task manager & command prompt."

works for me.

First I use Ghost to make an image of my hard drive -- in the event of a disk failure or other major catastrophe.  Then I just run a batch file daily that copies all new/modified files to another drive.

I just re-formatted my hard drive this weekend and restoring everything back to normal was as simple as

Load Ghost image
copy D:\*.* C:\

CGI-bin Laden
Sunday, August 8, 2004

> Then I just run a batch file daily that copies all new/modified files to another drive.

Does it copy the registry too? Does the batch file run while the OS is running, or do you run it off a floppy or something?

Christopher Wells
Sunday, August 8, 2004

I run every night Karen's replicator to another drive, and the most important folders twice to network drive.

Also each few weeks  I run a .bat containing call the the wzzip / wzcline winzip add-on, that creates complete tree of selected folders to a zip file with the files changed last 60 days, and saving this in a little 512MB usb-disk.

Now I've a new PC with two 200 GB disks using Raid-1 Serial ATA, in the hope an disk error will only took a minute to resolve...

Sunday, August 8, 2004

If you're going to use xcopy as OJ suggests, at least be sure to use the /h (to copy hidden & system files) and /c (continue on error, which is necessary for the files that Windows keeps locked) switches.

John C.
Monday, August 9, 2004

Are we talking about backing up a whole drive, or just a few essential files? I'm just talking about a few essentials that I need to get up and running again - passwords, software registrations, essential work related files.

If you want to be able to turn off one computer, and turn on another and continue working as if nothing happened, then we're in an entirely different league of program.
Monday, August 9, 2004

I love Unison:

Janek Schwarz
Monday, August 9, 2004

Rsync works well, at least for  Unix to Unix or  Windows to Unix, haven't mastered Cygwin enough to do Windows to Windows.

I really love that you can run Rsync within ssh.

Monday, August 9, 2004

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