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Windows 7: Looking for free win7/win10 backup with folder/file checkboxes

17 Aug 2017   #1
bowlesj3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Looking for free win7/win10 backup with folder/file checkboxes

Hi,

Win XP professional use to have an excellent backup. They removed it in Win 7. The XP backup was such that I could see the directories and check a checkbox to back them up. It would automatically select all the subdirectories for backup. I could then go in and uncheck selected subdirectories. I could also check select files within the directory. All this would be remembered. It had the same checkbox approach when restoring files/directories. It needs to backup/restore across a home network to another machine. This is all I need. And for now I need it only for Win 7 (although I probably should be backing up my win 10 notebook). I don't have the need to store the job which remembers these settings such that I could have different jobs (one job is fine). I took maybe a week and finally found Comodo which can do this but it is unreliable (I did the restore once and it worked and now I can't restore anything so I have limited backups across machines). I checked AOMEI which is great for image backups (reliable so far) but very cumbersome for file backups as I describe.

I don't have a week to look for one again. I don't suppose anyone knows of a freeware backup software that can do what I describe. For now I am going to check into the software that comes with the "My Passport" external drive I have. If it has this I will post the info and check this issue as solved (lets hope).

Thanks,
John


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17 Aug 2017   #2
wizardwillow

windows 7 32 64
 
 

U CAN TRY THIS BACKUP SOFTWARE, IT PROVES WORKS AND VERY EFFECTIVE!

StorageCraft Recovery Environment 5.2.6 ISO File - GigaPurbalingga
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17 Aug 2017   #3
bowlesj3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Thanks WizardWillow. I checked into it. Avast gave me a malware warning when I went to that website. Maybe I will poke around others sites for it.

By way, Comodo may just be able to recover the file I need to return. The first try took so sooooooooooooooo long that I thought something was wrong with it. So I brought the backup archive it creates to my main machine which has a solid state drive thinking it might speed it up (also thinking that the network connection between the machines was causing issues). I left it to try and bring up the achive directory and it was talking a long time again so I went and did some chores for an hour. When I came back it had the directory of the backup files. That did not work since it needs the base it uses and the bass is on the other machine. So I am installing it on the other machine where the base is and will try to recover the file from there. I am running it there now and it is once again taking a long time to build the directory (the XP backup was very fast).

I am still going to try the stuff that comes with the MyPassport drive as well. Their sinc has checkboxes
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17 Aug 2017   #4
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Robocopy is built in to Windows and is very fast you can download a free GUI for it if needed
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17 Aug 2017   #5
bowlesj3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
Robocopy is built in to Windows and is very fast you can download a free GUI for it if needed
Thanks Samuria. I am checking into it now.

I tried Comodo on the other machine. It crapped out after taking at least 30 minutes trying to pull up the directory. That one had the latest download update. Maybe I should try the prior one. Maybe I will just remove it
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17 Aug 2017   #6
bowlesj3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

I retried the older version fo Comodo (4.4.1) across the home network. If finally completed the job and returned my file.

I watched a video of the Robocopy GUI. It had a lot more parameter's than I will ever use. I have kept the link to that video in my database reminder system I wrote just in case I need something more comprehensive someday.

Somehow the comodo backup differential backup files are growing much more quickly than I would think they should (probably explaining why it takes so long now that I think of it). I need to figure out what directories to uncheck that are doing that. I checked my user directory. I suspect something in there is growing fast and I will never use it.

I just tried editing the files that Comodo backs up by unchecking the checkboxes. It crapped out. Tried it again and it did it again. I remember it doing that before. I don't trust it. It is only because I can't find another one like it that I use it.

My Passport has an on the fly sync software. I would rather not have backups going while I am working live.
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17 Aug 2017   #7
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

You don't have to use all the switch's for robocopy just running it as mirror is simple and mirrors folders it only copies changed files it's very fast and was built by ms for servers
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17 Aug 2017   #8
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu
 
 

Best Free Windows Backup Software for PCs and Laptops - AOMEI Backupper is one option, I use the pro version which I find excellent, but I have heard others praise the free version also
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17 Aug 2017   #9
bowlesj3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
You don't have to use all the switch's for robocopy just running it as mirror is simple and mirrors folders it only copies changed files it's very fast and was built by ms for servers
Okay, thanks Samuria. I am going to have supper and spend the night learning it. I need to get this resolved.
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17 Aug 2017   #10
bowlesj3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Best Free Windows Backup Software for PCs and Laptops - AOMEI Backupper is one option, I use the pro version which I find excellent, but I have heard others praise the free version also
Yes, I have AOMEI. I have used it's image backup and done one full return of the machine (Win 10). It worked well. But for backing up individual files it is cumbersome I find. I think it would be faster to use the most basic dos copy. I am surprised the type of + sign expansion and checkbox selection is not a standard these days. Windows 95 had it (or was it 97/98 - can't remember...lol). I think it started with SeaGate if I remember correctly. I had their original backup before Win 97 and it had it. I am guessing the Windows people bought the rights to it because it looked almost exactly the same.

I tried something interesting. I went into the Win XP machine which I am backing up to. I pulled up the old MS backup (fond memories). I tired changing the backup source to the Win 7 machine. I thought it was going to work but I could not get the + expansion to work. Oh Well.
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