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Apr 08, 2018 12:20 |  #1

What software is everyone using to back up photos and videos?

I've been using microsoft toysync and i'm sure there something better.

looking for recommendations.... thanks!


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Apr 08, 2018 15:39 |  #2

Well, according to Wikipedia

SyncToy defines three different types of operation to synchronize two folders:[2]
  • Synchronize takes the two folders and makes sure they have exactly the same files. To do this, SyncToy may copy files in either direction and may delete or rename files in either folder. In the case that a file has been updated in both the left and right folders, the version with the later modification date is considered the winner. The other version will be overwritten (but can be recovered via the Recycle Bin if one's settings specify that all deletions go to the Recycle Bin).[3][4]
  • Echo looks for changes (file modifications, new files, renames, deletes) in the left folder and makes the right folder match the left folder in every way.
  • Contribute is like an Echo, but it does not delete any files.

'Backup' means to have an ability to recover from catastrophic loss, such as fire consuming your home/office.
SyncToy does not do that, it only makes sure that two folders have same content and are kept in synch with each other.

So if you only want 'data redundancy' you do not even need SynchToy, you can simply use ordinary file utilities provided within Windows (or iOS) to duplicate files into a second folder, or to let you pick and choose to overwrite or not when same filename is in both places.
And if you want true backup (against catastrophic loss of data) you need only to have all the files in a second storage device which is OFFSITE from your home/office.

Then you merely need to understand which functional capabilities are offered by ANY software program, which greatly eases or automates the tasks of maintaining 'same data in two locations'


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Apr 09, 2018 08:39 |  #3

Karen't Repiicator. Been the best free backup program for years. I installed a new copy on a Win 7 64 system yesterday.

Story was that it did not work for Win 10. However, when going to Karen't page (Karens Tools or something like that) I noticed a Win 10 version.

However, don't know. I don't do Win 10, so never installed it.

Still, it's an oldie but a goodie. And it's free.

Simple and uncluttered. Does everything needed for a general backup.


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Apr 09, 2018 09:47 |  #4

I have used FreeFileSync for a number of years on my Mac. It is open source and free. They have versions for Windows, OSX, Linux, etc. I use it to sync my working drive to my backup drives.

You can learn about it at freefilesync.org.


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Apr 09, 2018 10:09 |  #5

bpalermini wrote in post #18603061 (external link)
I have used FreeFileSync for a number of years on my Mac. It is open source and free. They have versions for Windows, OSX, Linux, etc. I use it to sync my working drive to my backup drives.

You can learn about it at freefilesync.org.

Yep, FreeFileSync here too.


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Apr 09, 2018 10:59 |  #6

SyncBack to external disk.
One click job :-)
Oops, sorry: two clicks.




  
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Apr 09, 2018 11:57 |  #7

I write my own. Batch files.




  
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Apr 09, 2018 11:58 |  #8

GoodSync (external link)


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Apr 09, 2018 12:07 |  #9

I’m using a Mac so The specific software won’t apply but the method does...

Photo files and documents in the documents folder on Mac which is sync’d to Apple cloud.
Mac -> Apple Time Capsule with the default fulls/differentials

The above two things happen automagically.

I also do regular syncs of the images folder to an external hard drive just because. I have two of these. One lives at work, and I swap them when i load a new batch of files on the other. This last step is probably overkill, but it insulates me if/when the Apple sparsebundle fails a verify and needs to be purged and re-written ...and I lose any file backup history. I was bitten by this once.

The idea is to have at least two layers of backup.


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Apr 09, 2018 12:19 |  #10

My primary backup is RAID1. I use GoodSync to mirror the RAID drive to a set of portable hard drives that I rotate between home and an offsite location. So two layers of backup, one of which is offsite.


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Apr 09, 2018 14:04 |  #11

agedbriar wrote in post #18603092 (external link)
SyncBack to external disk.
One click job :-)
Oops, sorry: two clicks.

I have a similar setup. Work well.




  
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Apr 09, 2018 20:07 |  #12

xcopy in a batch file.


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Apr 10, 2018 05:29 |  #13

Bassat wrote in post #18603115 (external link)
I write my own. Batch files.


CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18603506 (external link)
xcopy in a batch file.

Jake is on top of it! This is how I control EXACTLY what gets copied, where it gets put, and when it gets done.

Here is my general 'copy to 2nd internal HDD' backup routine:

@echo off
color 8f
cls

cd \quickenw
echo copy 20*.* and X_*.* to E: and USB
xcopy /d /y c:\quickenw\20*.* e:\quickenw
xcopy /d /y c:\quickenw\x_*.* e:\quickenw

echo.
rem if not exist q: if not exist t: if not exist z: goto skipAll

if not exist q: goto skipQ
echo Q found...
if exist q: xcopy /d /y c:\quickenw\20*.* q:\quickenw
if exist q: xcopy /d /y c:\quickenw\x_*.* q:\quickenw
echo.

:skipQ
if not exist t: goto skipT
echo T found...
if exist t: xcopy /d /y c:\quickenw\20*.* t:\quickenw
if exist t: xcopy /d /y c:\quickenw\x_*.* t:\quickenw
echo.

:skipT
if not exist z: goto skipAll
echo z: found
if exist z: xcopy /d /y c:\quickenw\20*.* z:\quickenw
if exist z: xcopy /d /y c:\quickenw\x_*.* z:\quickenw
echo.

:skipAll
cd \storage
echo copy STORAGE
xcopy /d /s /y *.* e:\storage
echo.

cd \users\SCHRIEFER
echo copy users\SCHRIEFER to E:
xcopy /d /s /y *.* e:\users\SCHRIEFER
echo.


Quick and dirty? Certainly. Does it back up EVERYTHING I do EVERY TIME I click the desktop icon? Yes. I use more extensive .bat programs to put backups on at least two external HDDs. I keep a back-up HDD with OS installed in the drawer. The last (only) time I've had a drive fail, I was up and running in an afternoon, completely recovered. This system also saved my bacon when I accidentally DELETED my entire LR catalog, and all the photos.




  
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Apr 13, 2018 22:35 |  #14

Just a note on SyncToy, the Echo option does not always work, this is a known bug.

The issue with just copying files, if that Windows does not give you the option of just overwriting updated files.

I'm looking for something else as well. SyncToy would be fine if Echo wasn't iffy.

Also new versions of FreeFileSync might contain malware - be careful.

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Apr 14, 2018 02:02 |  #15

I used Acronis Backup for quite a while. It's a 'real' backup program - in a sense that it provides incremental backups, versioning and all the other bells and whistles a good backup should have. I stopped using it, because I switched to a laptop as main computer that has to deal with three different networks and Acronis was (2016) not very graceful with missing drives. I now use crashplan for local backups and also for external backups to the cloud (total about 1.4 TB of 'critical' data). Once the deal runs out in 2 years, I will need to reevaluate my set-up and most likely will switch to cloud berry backup.
For syncing folders (as I said in three different networks with approx 6 different drive locations), I am using SecondCopy. Not recommended to anybody - it's just legacy on my system and the pain is not that great, that I would reconfigure another software.


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