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Windows 7: Incremental backup from an internal HD to an external HD?

11 May 2012   #1

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Incremental backup from an internal HD to an external HD?

Hi - using W7 here. I have a folder on one of my internal HDs that I am frequently changing and adding to for a project I am working on. What I am used to doing, is just dragging the folder to an ext HD for bu.

Is there a way to do Incremental backups here? So if I bu on Mon to the ext HD, and make some additions on Tues and Wed, come Wed eve I don't want to have to figure out what is new. Can an incremental backup be utilized here?


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11 May 2012   #2
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Your easiest solution is probably a sync program like Allway sync
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12 May 2012   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

There's many programs that will do what you need:

Allway Sync
Second Copy
Karen's Replicator
GFI Backup Home Edition

They all work pretty much the same way, but would have different interfaces and differ slightly in features.

The first backup will take a long time, but all later backups will likely take no more than a minute since only the new and modified files are backed after the first run.

You can usually set them to retain older versions of files or delete them, as you choose.
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12 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit SP1

I send my highest regards for SyncBack free edition
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12 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

My personal, and positive, experience has been with SyncToy.
Download: SyncToy 2.1 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

There are several good programs available.

Many swear by FreeFileSync.
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12 May 2012   #6

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12 May 2012   #7

Windows7 64

Thanks guys.

SO it seems like I ned an app, and that this is not doable from Windows....
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12 May 2012   #8

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

It is doable in Windows. Windows File and Folder backup does just that. If you do you will need to set up the folders you wan't backed up and remove the image from the backup because you won't want to do that so often. As it stands backup will decide itself when to do a full backup and when to do an incremental, but there are some tutorials here on how to get around that.

Backup - Make a "Create New Backup" Shortcut

Backup - Make a "Create Incremental Backup" Shortcut
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