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Feb 08, 2015 14:29 |  #1

Hello all,

Im looking for a simple software that will back up changed files from one external drive to another on a schedule. I dont need it to do anything else.

Ive tried several different programs to no avail. I dont want to create an account, I dont want to have to use the software to view the backup.

I already have an elaborate back up system setup for my photography through my NAS4free server this is just to back up everyday files on an external drive.

I also dont want to write a script to do it for me Id like it to be a simple scheduled software that copies one drive to another and checks for changed files.


thanks for any suggestions


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Feb 08, 2015 14:37 |  #2

Are you using Windows or Mac?

I know you said you didn't want to write a script but if you're using a Mac, it doesn't take much time to create an Automator task and use rsync to synchronize the drives.




  
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Feb 08, 2015 16:29 |  #3

Im using Windows


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Feb 08, 2015 16:35 |  #4

I've been using FolderClone for many years. http://www.folderclone​.com/ (external link)

But there are certainly newer ones.


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Feb 08, 2015 19:38 |  #5

When I used Windows, I used a program called RichCopy to sync two locations.




  
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Feb 08, 2015 22:13 |  #6

I use FreeByte, which as you might expect, is free. You tell it which folders and it will copy all changed files (those with the archive bit set) in those folders to a preselected location (I have it write to a folder on a different drive). It is set up to run automatically every night at 4 am by Windows Scheduler.

I like it because it's simple and doesn't use any proprietary formats.


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Feb 19, 2015 10:36 |  #7

I have been using Syncback Pro for several years and really like it. I prefer to run backups manually, but I believe you can write any schedule you want for each profile. It does bit-for bit verification and is very easy to use.

http://www.2brightspar​ks.com/syncback/sbpro.​html (external link)

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Feb 19, 2015 10:43 |  #8

Thanks for posting this! I use Microsoft One Drive instead of an external so I can access my files anywhere anytime, even on my phone, and they cant be lost in a fire (which will hopefully never happen anyway). But, I have also thought of doing what you are doing on top of that.


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Feb 19, 2015 12:29 |  #9

Robocopy with batch files. Synctoy, but that's not automatic.

Note that with this method if you corrupt your main hard drive, or get randomware installed, your problem will spread to your backup drive. Suggest you consider backup software with incremental backup capability.


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Feb 19, 2015 12:29 as a reply to  @ Archibald's post |  #10

Is there a trustworthy site where I can access the Freebyte download? I just purchased a second 1 TB drive to back up my images. . . . nothing commercial just personal stuff.

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Feb 20, 2015 10:32 |  #11

johnmaclean wrote in post #17439313 (external link)
Is there a trustworthy site where I can access the Freebyte download? I just purchased a second 1 TB drive to back up my images. . . . nothing commercial just personal stuff.

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Perhaps start at freebyte.com?

http://www.freebyte.co​m/ (external link)




  
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Feb 20, 2015 11:37 |  #12

Synchback and/or Mirror Folder


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Feb 20, 2015 11:40 |  #13

I've used GoodSync on both Windows and Mac with a lot of hassle-free success.


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Apr 26, 2015 09:16 |  #14

Yes, I know OP said Windows. This is in case any OS X user sees this thread. Since 2008 I've used ChronoSync (http://www.econtechnol​ogies.com/chronosync/o​verview.html (external link)) which does a wonderful job. Even have it working across a network to get files from my wife's system.


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