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Windows 7: Free continuous backup of multiple folders

13 Sep 2014   #1
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Free continuous backup of multiple folders

I want to backup selected folders on my D: data drive in real-time. The folders are in the D: root directory as:

D:\Microsoft office
D:\Photos
D:\Graphics
D:\Music
etc.

I already do scheduled backups of the entire D: drive to external drives, but I want to supplement those backup with real-time backups of specific folders.

Anyone know of a free software that can backup selected folders in the root directory in real-time?

Thanks,
Skyzoomer (Running Win7 Home Premium on an i5 PC)


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13 Sep 2014   #2
adamf

8.1 Pro x64
 
 

dsynchronize is pretty good and supports real time sync - free from Dimio's Tools
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13 Sep 2014   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

FreeFileSync is an excellent free program for that (it's also good for regular backups to external drives) but, even better would be to use a good (i.e. paid) secure cloud backup program, such as Carbonite, that will also provide real-time backups. I do not recommend free cloud storage since those sites usually aren't secure and are infamous for disappearing with little or no warning. Carbonite is only $60/year for their basic plan. It runs in the background and encrypts your data before uploading it.
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13 Sep 2014   #4
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adamf View Post
dsynchronize is pretty good and supports real time sync - free from Dimio's Tools
I watched two youtube videos on DSynchronize but they did not explain how to sync more than one folder. I'll install it and see if I can figure out how to do that.

Thanks,
Skyzoomer
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13 Sep 2014   #5
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
FreeFileSync is an excellent free program for that (it's also good for regular backups to external drives) but, even better would be to use a good (i.e. paid) secure cloud backup program, such as Carbonite, that will also provide real-time backups. I do not recommend free cloud storage since those sites usually aren't secure and are infamous for disappearing with little or no warning. Carbonite is only $60/year for their basic plan. It runs in the background and encrypts your data before uploading it.
Can FreeFileSync backup multiple user selected folders in the "root" directory?

EXAMPLE-1:
The Googling that I've done seems to indicate that it can backup sub-folders in a parent folder like this:
D:\My Documents
.... Microsoft Office
.... Photos

EXAMPLE-2:
But not like this:
D:\Microsoft Office
D:\Photos

In EXAMPLE-1, Freefilesync is told to backup the parent folder "My Documents" and it backs-up the sub-folders in "My Documents".

It could be that the tutorials that I've seen missed explaining how to backup example-2.

Thanks,
Skyzoomer
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13 Sep 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyzoomer View Post
Can FreeFileSync backup multiple user selected folders in the "root" directory?
Yes.

In the pic below, you can see where I have manually included certain folders under D:\ and excluded others.


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13 Sep 2014   #7
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyzoomer View Post
Can FreeFileSync backup multiple user selected folders in the "root" directory?
Yes.

In the pic below, you can see where I have manually included certain folders under D:\ and excluded others.
Thanks for taking the time to help. I'll install FreeFileSync and give it a try.

Skyzoomer
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13 Sep 2014   #8
adamf

8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyzoomer View Post
I watched two youtube videos on DSynchronize but they did not explain how to sync more than one folder. I'll install it and see if I can figure out how to do that.
You don't need to install it - just run the .exe. To add more than one folder right click right click and add new source and destination...

Looks like either of these apps would do the trick


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14 Sep 2014   #9
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by adamf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyzoomer View Post
I watched two youtube videos on DSynchronize but they did not explain how to sync more than one folder. I'll install it and see if I can figure out how to do that.
You don't need to install it - just run the .exe. To add more than one folder right click right click and add new source and destination...
Your feedback was instrumental in helping me to get DSyncronize working as I wanted.

I have a question though that I'm not able to find the answer. DSyncronize has two options named:

1. Autostart
2. Autostart as service.

What's the difference?
Also, I'm unable to get the "Autostart as service" working. Know of any documentation that explains how to enable "Autostart as service"?

Thanks!
Skyzoomer
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14 Sep 2014   #10
Skyzoomer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyzoomer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyzoomer View Post
Can FreeFileSync backup multiple user selected folders in the "root" directory?
Yes.

In the pic below, you can see where I have manually included certain folders under D:\ and excluded others.
Thanks for taking the time to help. I'll install FreeFileSync and give it a try.

Skyzoomer
Googling, I learned that the current version of FreeFileSync installs an adware called "OpenCandy". Apparently, there is no option to not install OpenCandy. So I decided not to install FreeFileSync.

I'm running DSyncronize instead and it doesn't appear to have any adware issues.

Thanks,
Skyzoomer
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