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Windows 7: Not a backup if you dont know you can use it

31 Oct 2016   #11
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DonMurray View Post
ignatzatsonic Aspiring Gnome: IT appears that your recommendation of SyncBackFree is a good one. Id did install it and its help works and it has a nice pdf manual. If I want to buy it has a modest price of 54$
I did schedule a backup of a folder. I was confused why it did not let me choose the whole drive when I setup a backup profile.
thanks for your recommendation.
I am new to this forum and I replied and posted when the page was not updated. Sorry for the confusion.
It is so awesome to get this kind of information Im grateful for the time this forum has saved me.. THank you!
One reason I like FreeFileSync is it allows me to specify an entire drive in a backup profile. It also allows me to specify the drive name instead of the drive letter in a backup profile which is handy since the drive letters of removable external drives can change without warning.


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31 Oct 2016   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DonMurray View Post
Id did install it and its help works and it has a nice pdf manual. If I want to buy it has a modest price of 54$

Sync Back Free is free. Not $54.

There are paid versions that have added features that you probably would not need. There is a "feature comparison" page at the developer's web site.

Here:

Backup software comparison - SyncBackPro, SyncBackSE and SyncBackFree

If you would just as soon pay for an application, then you should also look at "Second Copy", from Centered Systems. I think it is $30 with a 30 day free trial. Superb interface and been around a long time. I used it for close to 10 years.



I did schedule a backup of a folder. I was confused why it did not let me choose the whole drive when I setup a backup profile.


Not sure where you went wrong, but you can back up a whole drive. That's exactly what I do. I have 4 profiles: All data (700 GB, entire D drive), most important data (22 GB, certain folders and file types on D drive), Thunderbird Email (one folder on C drive), and browser bookmarks (one folder on C drive). All run manually and individually on demand with a single mouse click.

There is nothing wrong with Robocopy, but.................................it is a very powerful tool that can be confusing for the inexperienced. If you don't know exactly what you are doing, it can have a disastrous outcome.






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03 Nov 2016   #13
DonMurray

 

I am using the SyncBackFree Program I can not figure out how to tell it to remove the files I delete off of the source. LIke if I clean up junk files from the source - I also want them to be removed from the backup. I dont see an option for this in the "Decisions " part of the profile.
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04 Nov 2016   #14
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DonMurray View Post
I am using the SyncBackFree Program I can not figure out how to tell it to remove the files I delete off of the source.
Look at the 2 pictures below.

In the first picture, you'll see all 4 of my profiles on the far left, with "all data" highlighted.

In the middle column, you will see "decisions - files" highlighted.

In the far right column, notice the section entitled "what to do if a file exists on Destination, but not on Source"

In that section, notice that I have enabled the radio button for "Delete file from Destination if it has not been modified within the last 0 days".

That setting forces a "mirror" outcome, in which the destination drive matches the source drive. If a file is deleted from source, it is also deleted from destination.

This is confirmed in the second picture of the profile setup for the "all data" profile. Notice the red "deleted" in the far right column ("files only on Destination are deleted").

You should be able to make any necessary changes to a profile by using the "modify" button at the bottom of the interface.


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04 Nov 2016   #15
DonMurray

 

ignatzatsonic - Thanks! When I was looking the decisions files part I overlooked the bar on the side that lets you see more options. But now I see it and this makes sense to me. I brings comfort when it makes sense !
Also I realized that when I click on folder in the destination / source folder it wont let me choose a whole drive there but i can put in the drive with a ( E:\ )
I am glad to have a handle now on this backup situation for home and work it will save me grief.
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