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Windows 7: External backup hard drive

29 May 2015   #11
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Only one I found is for deleted files. I wonder if any other versioning is available with FreeFileSync.

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29 May 2015   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Only one I found is for deleted files. I wonder if any other versioning is available with FreeFileSync.

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That is the Versioning I use.

Keep in mind how FFS (FreeFileSync) works when used to backup data using the Mirror Mode (not the same as RAID 1 but gives similar, safer results). It compares the source (the drive or folders you want to backup) with the destination (the drive or folders where you want to keep the backup) to find any differences. It then will copy and paste from the destination to the source and delete files on the destination to make the destination essentially a clone of the source.

Whenever a file changes on the source, FFS will copy it from the source and paste it onto the destination and delete the former version on the destination. The Versioning feature, instead of sending the deleted file to the Recycle bin or Computer Never Never Land, will send it to a Versioning folder or drive (depending on which you designate; FFS treats entire drives the same as folders), thus allowing you to keep all earlier versions of all files for as long as you may want. It also protects you from accidental deletions that one may not detect until several backup cycles later. By setting the file name to be assigned to the file sent to the Versioning folder or drive to be dated, all copies of the same file will be retained in the Versioning folder or drive, even though they started out with the same filename.

I have an entire HDD in my computer (4TB) dedicated as the Versioning Drive. When backing up my other HDDs, all deleted files get sent to the Versioning HDD. I also backup the Versioning HDD so I'm protected should it ever die or get corrupted (obviously, I don't use Versioning when I back up that HDD). When the Versioning HDD starts to fill up, I will delete the older files. I've been doing pretty much daily backups since last November and, at the rate the Versioning HDD has been filling up, it will be 8 or 9 years before I have to clean out the Versioning HDD.
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