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Windows 7: Best Free Software to do a Backup of Selected Folders?

04 Oct 2011   #11
kado897

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

600 GB is rather a large backup. It will take many hours to a USB HDD. You can't recon to get much better than 25MB/second transfer rate.


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04 Oct 2011   #12
cooldudeclan

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It gets to 22% no problem then I guess it's hitting my movie folder, because I'm currently at 26%. It's doing about a percent every 2 hours I think. Hopefully it speeds up when it's done the videos.
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04 Oct 2011   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I'd adopt a totally different approach to backing up this amount of data.
I'd split the data into categories and backup using a mixture of methods.
I'd personally only use Windows file/folder backup for data backup around 20GB or better less. It uses ZIP and zipping up video files will just take lots of time with very little compression.
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04 Oct 2011   #14
kado897

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Videos don't compress very much at all. You would be better off using a file copy but even that is going to take some time. As mjf suggests I would try to split it up into smaller units and only do the bits that change after the initial backup.
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04 Oct 2011   #15
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

The Cobian Backup program I mentioned earlier allows you to do either Differential or Incremental backups.
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05 Oct 2011   #16
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

I've used SyncToy in the past, but for several years now have used SyncBack (free) for documents backup. It has everything I need for scheduling, but most importantly for selecting (and excluding) folders & files for backup. It only transfers files that have changed, which means if you have large Picture (or Video) collections they get backed-up once and not subsequently. Highly recommended:

Free backup software - SyncBack Freeware - free data backup software
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05 Oct 2011   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

@maxseven
that "SyncBack" looks pretty good.
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05 Oct 2011   #18
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What I use is robocopy. Best part, it comes with Windows 7.

All you have to do is create a .bat file on your hard drive. Put the following syntax into the file
C:\windows\system32\robocopy D:\data I:\backups\data /E /MIR
C:\windows\system32\robocopy D:\music I:\backups\music /E /MIR
C:\windows\system32\robocopy D:\movies I:\backups\movies /E /MIR
C:\windows\system32\robocopy D:\pix I:\backups\pix /E /MIR

The /E includes directories that are empty
The /MIR tells it to mirror the source and the destination. Hence, if you delete the file from D:\data, it will remove it from the I:\backups\data folder as well.

robocopy only gets changes...so the first run takes awhile, and subsequent runs are fast..as it's only files which have changed.
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