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Windows 7: Backup selected files only

01 Feb 2014   #1
RonBin79

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Backup selected files only

I recently did a full back of my "C" drive on my external HD only to find that when I need a particular file (web site docs) I could not find them anywhere. I would like to back up just my documents folders and not all the other bits and pieces. A system where when I create a new doc or web site I can back up just that document and not all the rest, something that will overwrite existing copies already on my external hard drive.

Does anyone know of such a system/software that will the job or am I wasting my time please??

RonBin79


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01 Feb 2014   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

FreeFileSync is a folder/file syncing program that will do what you want. It will compare your Documents folder on your computer to a folder you select on your backup drive. Any new or changed documents on your computer will be copied to the folder on the external drive. If a document has been deleted in the computer's folder, it will be also deleted from the folder on the external drive.

I would also suggest you put your Documents folder in a separate partition on your computer's HDD instead of leaving it in the C: partition. That way, you can easily make an image of your C: partition which will allow you to easily restore it should something ever go wrong with it (the OS is far more likely to need restoring than your documents). I highly recommend using Macrium Reflect Free (do not download from the homepage; this page is safer to download from) for making images instead of Win 7's backup tool. Here is a good tutorial on how to use Macrium Reflect. Moving the documents folder to another partition is a bit involved and challenging if you have never done it before so, if you want to do so, ask us in a new thread and one of us can walk you through it. You will need a backup copy of the documents folder on another drive anyway so I suggest getting that worked out first.
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