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Old 07-13-2019, 07:21 PM
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Any tools to make it quick and easy? I have been moving files one at a time, but it is a slow process. Looking for a better way. Thanks.
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There are tools to do it but I cant think of the name off the top of my head. One thing you could do, and I did this at once time is to use dropbox or google drive and have your computer put its files into one folder. Then you can just move that file to a HD. A bit wonky I admit but it would accomplish doing a cloud back up and an external HD back up at the same time.
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Maybe one of these?

https://www.pcworld.com/article/3201...-software.html
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Was pleased to see that Cobian was one of the listed products. I am a Cobian user and use it on no less than 3 PCs here at home. It works very well.
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I use EaseUS ToDo backup Free on a weekly basis to backup my system images in the office instead of Windows built in backup.

But for daily backups of critical files I use the DOS XCOPY command and windows scheduler.

https://www.lifewire.com/xcopy-command-2618103
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Any tools to make it quick and easy? I have been moving files one at a time, but it is a slow process. Looking for a better way. Thanks.
If you're using Win10, there's a tool for it in >Control Panel>File History. It's self explanatory.
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If you're using Win10, there's a tool for it in >Control Panel>File History. It's self explanatory.
I wouldn't use windows 10 for anything, not even toilet paper. Thanks though.
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I wouldn't use windows 10 for anything, not even toilet paper. Thanks though.
I understand. I don't use Win10 either.

Windows 7 has the same tool.

LC Computer
RC the drive you want files backed up from
LC Properties
LC Tools
LC Backup
LC Set up Backup. Follow instructions.
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Usually, migrating data means moving, which is not the same as a backup.

If you want to move data, then you can use the file explorer and keyboard commands like ctrl-A to select all folders, and so on. You can also open a second file explorer window to see the contents of the external HD.

If you want to back up data, then file sync programs might do, like FreeFileSync. Backup software can also do that, but they are usually used to back up the whole system, including files that users don't see, and restore it in case something goes wrong.
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https://www.roadkil.net/program.php?ProgramID=29

Small but powerful file copy/transfer tool. Unstoppable Copier.

When it encounters a file that cannot be copied or moved, it won't stop and ask what to do, it eventually skips it and continues with rest of the files.

I've used that for years whenever I need to move large batches of files like everything from a small harddrive to a new bigger one.
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I've never liked plugging external hard drives into a USB port and doing backups because I killed two USB drives by jarring them while they were reading or writing when I was in college. I've used a little NAS sitting on a bookshelf in the living room with drives semi-permanently attached since I was in college and I've never lost important data. On the other hand, I've got a drawer full of USB drives I've managed to wreck, but maybe the main problem was a case of the shakes caused by an all-nighter and twenty cups of coffee.
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That's why my 8TB usb drives are connected to the NAS hidden in the wardrobe.. :D
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Robocopy (and WinRobocopy)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robocopy
You can set up a schedule, and it will only copy over files that don't exist on the target directory.
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In the interest of completeness should someone search this topic it appears that it is now possible for those who run Win 10 with WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) installed to use 'rsync' for backup. I have not tried it yet but there are several links on the Net doing so.
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