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Windows 7: best backup software for windows 7

06 Jun 2014   #21
andrewjs18

windows 7 professional 64 bit
 
 

ah, ok.

I know what I was doing wrong. I was trying to send files to the root of a drive, thus is was showing everything. I created a few folders and set up some syncs.

is there a way to schedule this app to run and sync the folders if there's any changes made?


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06 Jun 2014   #22
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrewjs18 View Post
is there a way to schedule this app to run and sync the folders if there's any changes made?
I assume you could schedule it through Task Scheduler to run at certain times.

I don't know if any other scheduling capability is built into the app.

However, I deliberately don't want to rely on any "automated" type of scheduling as I don't trust that stuff as a general proposition.

Instead, I've used the batch file capability within Free File Sync to set up 4 separate jobs. Each job runs on demand with a single mouse click.

You can see the jobs listed at the lower left of the image below. One for all data, another for most data, another for Firefox, and another for Thunderbird email.

I run each job with a single click from the tall column of applications you can see at the right. You can see each of the 4 jobs mentioned above listed in that column. That column springs open when I poke that "Apps" link you see right next to the clock. Works for me.


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06 Jun 2014   #23
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

ignatzatsonic did a good job of describing it. FreeFileSync works by syncing folder pairs; HDDs can be treated as folders. To be able to sync from Computer A to Computer B, first, Computer A has to able "see" all the HDDs and folders on Computer B and Computer B has to be able to "see" all the HDDs and folders on Computer A. For that to happen, the HDDs you want to sync from A to B have to have different drive letters. In other words, you can't do this if both HDDs you are syncing are D:. For example, you would have to have the HDD on Computer A named D: and the one on Computer B named E:

I do something similar between my desktop machine and my notebook but I use an intermediary HDD to actually transfer the data. Since I maintain a backup of the notebook on an external HDD any way, I first set up empty folders on the backup external HDD with the same names as the folders on the notebook I wanted to backup, making sure the folder pairs had the same folder names as the ones I was going to later sync with on my desktop. A simplified example is I wanted the folder named Doohickey and its contents to also be on my notebook. I made an empty folder named Doohickey on both the notebook's drive and the external drive. I then made and saved a configuration in the installation of FFS on the desktop computer that was set to Mirror and would sync the data from my desktop's Doohickey folder to the external drive's doohickey folder. Then I made and saved a second configuration in FFS in the notebook that was set to Mirror and would sync data from the external HDD's Doohicky folder to the notebook's doohickey folder.

For backing up the notebook's Doohickey folder, I made and saved yet another configuration in FFS on the notebook, again using Mirror to ensure data transfer was strictly one way and the source folder would remain unchanged, that would sync data from the notebook's Doohickey folder to the external HDD's Doohickey folder. I did the same in the desktop computer's FFS, still using Mirror, to sync the data in the external HDD's Doohickey's folder to the desktop's Doohickey folder.

It was actually much more complicated to set up in actual practice because of the number of folders actually involved but, once the configurations were set up and saved, it's extremely easy to use. I only use the notebook when I travel. Shortly before my trip, I dig out the notebook, do any necessary updates (there are usually a bunch), then connect the external HDD to my desktop to update the folders that are paired with folders on the desktop. I then connect the external HDD to the notebook and update the folders on the notebook that are paired with the folders on the external HDD. To make my life much simpler, while on the trip, I save any new files (mostly photos taken on the trip) and changed files to a single folder on the notebook. That folder gets backed up to the external HDD. When I get home, I connect the external HDD to my desktop and let FFS transfer the new and changed files from the external HDD to a matching folder on the desktop. I can later redistribute the files in that folder.

Have I thoroughly confused you?
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06 Jun 2014   #24
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrewjs18 View Post
...is there a way to schedule this app to run and sync the folders if there's any changes made?
Yes, there are directions in FFS on how to set it up with Windows task scheduler. I do that to automagically backup my Favorites folder and my calendar program's data overnight.
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15 Jun 2014   #25
dpwoodpecker

Windows 7 Pro Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601, clean OEM re-install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post

To backup my data, I use a folder/file syncing program called FreeFileSync. I have it set to Mirror. It syncs folder pairs that one has predetermined; an entire disk can be considered to be a folder. It will only copy over new and changed files on the source disk to a destination disk and delete files on the destination disk that have been deleted on the source disk. I also have it set to put any files it deletes on the destination disk to a Versioning folder on another internal disk. Since only changed data is being dealt with, he process is so fast, I can do daily backups onto two different backup HDDs.
Hi - I've recently changed computers, moving from XP to Windows 7, and it's quite a deep learning curve for me. Does FreeFileSync maintain the original time/date (and similarly pertinent associated info) of the files and folders when copying/syncing?

Sorry for such a basic question but I am still new at using these programs and had previously used SyncBack. In the backup I made the time/date of the folders was set as the backup time/date and not the originals. Maybe there was a setting that I didn't know to configure in SyncBack?

Jeannie, could you share the steps for setting up the versioning folder? Many thanks to everyone for all the help!
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15 Jun 2014   #26
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpwoodpecker View Post
...Hi - I've recently changed computers, moving from XP to Windows 7, and it's quite a deep learning curve for me. Does FreeFileSync maintain the original time/date (and similarly pertinent associated info) of the files and folders when copying/syncing?...
Yes.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpwoodpecker View Post
...Sorry for such a basic question but I am still new at using these programs and had previously used SyncBack. In the backup I made the time/date of the folders was set as the backup time/date and not the originals. Maybe there was a setting that I didn't know to configure in SyncBack?...
I can't speak for SyncBack. The one time I looked at it, it appeared that I would have to buy the paid version to get what I wanted. I also found their directions very confusing (typical written by a geek for gee type directions). Overall, it didn't impress me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dpwoodpecker View Post
...Is there a tutorial on how to set up FreeFileSync, including the versioning folder setting? Thank you for all the help!
Our own KADO did this video tutorial. It's very well done but I found it a bit hard to follow because of my ADHD (I find all video tutorials hard to follow although they often can clear up questions raised by written ones). I found a written tutorial when I first started using it but I can't find it know (I'm surprised I didn't keep it). It wasn't great but it did make following Kado's tutorial easier for me (let me hasten to say again the problem is mine, not Kado's).

I've been planning to write a tutorial on how to use FFS for backups, including the use of the versioning folder and making scheduled backups but, right now, I just have too many irons in the fire and am dealing with health issues (mostly severe allergies).
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15 Jun 2014   #27
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you want to back up files and folders, that is included in Aomei Backupper, along with imaging and cloning.

If you would prefer a separate program, Karen's replicator. http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp

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15 Jun 2014   #28
dpwoodpecker

Windows 7 Pro Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601, clean OEM re-install
 
 

Thank you, Jeannie, for the quick reply and the video link. I'll check it out as soon as I finish installing core programs (and will put VLC on top of that list). Look forward to reading the tutorial when you get to doing it (totally understand about having full plate) and do hope you feel better soon!
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15 Jun 2014   #29
dpwoodpecker

Windows 7 Pro Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601, clean OEM re-install
 
 

Thank you, SIW2...will also look into Aomei Backupper; please let me know if there's a tutorial for using this program as well.
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16 Jun 2014   #30
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

If its tutorials you want, you can also try SyncToy:

SyncToy - Backup User Data
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