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Windows 7: FREE Great Programs for Windows 7 [2]

14 Aug 2015   #661
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

@Kari thanks for the explanation. My favorite thing about Linux was apt. A major reason I lean toward Debian based distros, other things being equal. Although I do let myself get distracted by the quest for eye candy.. not open candy.


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14 Aug 2015   #662
Kari

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Miles, you should most definitely try Chocolatey, and of course OneGet if you go for 10. You will love the simplicity of them.
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14 Aug 2015   #663
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Thanks. I;ll keep it in mind.
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08 Oct 2015   #664
minesabeer

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 
One to add ?

Brink,
Heres a link to a progam I have just used to retreive files from a usb hard drive that kept issuing the following message 'you need to format the disk in drive ? before you can use it' and although not being the easiest to use, and the wiki isn't easy to follow, I'm pleased to say it retrieved the files from the disk, copied them to another drive and I recieved a big pat on the back from the owner of usb drive who thought the files were long gone.

TestDisk - Partition Recovery and File Undelete

Please take a look and if appropriate add to the list of free programs.

Mines
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09 Dec 2015   #665
Stevekir

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

FreeFileSync

FreeFileSync | Free Backup and File Synchronization Software

I have been using this for a couple of months and it is now my backup program for all my personal files (Documents, Music, Movies, Pictures, Desktop etc.) on to two (rotated) external USB HDD. It is simple, reliable and flexible. Although it allows you to create individual routines for individual folders (eg., Documents) I have set up a single routine to backup all of my X: drive (which has all my personal files and nothing else) in one operation. That's very simple and quick to do, and you can set up timed backups in the background.

I used to use Second Copy which is similar (not free) but having got fed up with how Windows randomly messes up Drive Letters I could not get Second Copy to recognise Drive Name (which Windows does not change) whilst FFS can and does so easily.

I think it should be added to this list.
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09 Dec 2015   #666
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevekir View Post
FreeFileSync

FreeFileSync | Free Backup and File Synchronization Software

I have been using this for a couple of months and it is now my backup program for all my personal files (Documents, Music, Movies, Pictures, Desktop etc.) on to two (rotated) external USB HDD. It is simple, reliable and flexible. Although it allows you to create individual routines for individual folders (eg., Documents) I have set up a single routine to backup all of my X: drive (which has all my personal files and nothing else) in one operation. That's very simple and quick to do, and you can set up timed backups in the background.

I used to use Second Copy which is similar (not free) but having got fed up with how Windows randomly messes up Drive Letters I could not get Second Copy to recognise Drive Name (which Windows does not change) whilst FFS can and does so easily.

I think it should be added to this list.
I totally agree that FFS should be added to the list.

I also use FFS to backup entire drives (except my C: drive: I image that one with Macrium Reflect). The ability to recognize a drive by its drive name instead of its letter is golden for the reason you stated and, I believe, is unique to FFS.

Btw, one has to be careful about timed backups in the background. A backup isn't secure unless the drive the backup is on is kept disconnected from the computer except when updating the backup. That said, I do use FFS to automatically back up my Favorites folder, keeping the backup in a folder on my main data drive, but that folder gets backed up with the rest of the drive to another drive that I connect only when updating it.
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09 Dec 2015   #667
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Stevekir View Post
FreeFileSync

FreeFileSync | Free Backup and File Synchronization Software

I have been using this for a couple of months and it is now my backup program for all my personal files (Documents, Music, Movies, Pictures, Desktop etc.) on to two (rotated) external USB HDD. It is simple, reliable and flexible. Although it allows you to create individual routines for individual folders (eg., Documents) I have set up a single routine to backup all of my X: drive (which has all my personal files and nothing else) in one operation. That's very simple and quick to do, and you can set up timed backups in the background.

I used to use Second Copy which is similar (not free) but having got fed up with how Windows randomly messes up Drive Letters I could not get Second Copy to recognise Drive Name (which Windows does not change) whilst FFS can and does so easily.

I think it should be added to this list.
I agree FFS is also my file and folder backup of choice. One caveat however. The installer will install OpenCandy if you are not careful.
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09 Dec 2015   #668
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Not sure I like the Acronym "FFS" being used - it has a whole different meaning across the web as a whole
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09 Dec 2015   #669
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

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09 Dec 2015   #670
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Not sure I like the Acronym "FFS" being used - it has a whole different meaning across the web as a whole
You have a dirty mind, Nigel. I had to look up what you meant by FFS. At least I usually define FFS in my posts by first referring to it as FreeFileSync.
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