Backup program

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  1. Ash. Housewares.

    Ash. Housewares. Shop Smart

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    Can anyone recommend a good backup program? It needs to be able to automatically backup at a set time, and be able to only backup certain folders or partitions.

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    BackupMyPC works well for me and it backs up to just about anything (floppy, tape, a file on disk, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, zip, whatever)
     
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    Retrospect is also good and I believe it can backup to any of those or even another HDD
     
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    Yeah, the idea is to backup to another HDD.
     
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    xcopy *.* d:\ /e/i/h/r/y
     
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    I use

    xcopy c:\*.* z:\ /d /s /e /v /c /i /h /r /y

    to backup my hard drive to a firewire drive.

    /d copies new or changed files
    /s /e get subdirectories, even empty ones
    /v verifies new files
    /c forces it to continue even if it hits a file it can't copy
    /h get hidden files
    /r overwrites read-only files
    /y keeps it from asking "are you sure" every .5 seconds.
     
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    You don't need /s and /e
     
  8. Ash. Housewares.

    Ash. Housewares. Shop Smart

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    Dammit, I had a longish reply typed up and got a 404 when I hit submit. So here it goes again.

    Xcopy seems like it will work. I can just set up a "scheduled task" to automate it, with the different parameters. Can xcopy copy more than one drive with one command, like the one above. Basically I need to copy drives D: and E: to my backup drive F:, each to their own directory (D: to F:\D backup, and E: to F:\E backup, etc.). Can I do this without running xcopy twice? Do copied hidden folders show up on the copied drive as hidden or are they visible? Not that it matters, I don't think I even have any hidden folders.
     
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    It's easy, just create a batch files that looks like this...

    xcopy d:\*.* <insert whatever switches you want here> f:\d_backup
    xcopy e:\*.* <insert whatever switches you want here> f:\e_backup
     
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    With xcopy it retains all of the attributes, as well as security information (important for those that run networks - drag and drop kills this info) if you use the /o.

    xcopy is great for other drives other than the system drive, but to back up your system drive, use ghost.
     
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    Cool. Thanks guys.
     

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