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    The following backup scenario applies:

    There is a (source) directory tree on a disk, within which files will change on a random basis throughout the day.
    I am looking for a utility that will monitor this tree, and copy newly-changed or added files to an (almost) mirror target directory tree, but affixing a "_yyyymmdd_hhmmss" timestamp to the changed/added filename, just before the extension.
    If a specific file is changed several times during a day, then the target directory will contain the same number of versions of that file as there are changes, but each with a different filename timestamp.

    RoboCopy can do the "directory tree monitoring" function, but will only copy across the changed file with the original filename, to give a 'true' mirror - which in this instance I don't want.

    Has anyone come across a utility that will do what I want?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Has anyone come across a utility that will do what I want?
    No but...

    RoboCopy, monitoring Folder A for changes, copies from Folder A to Folder B.

    A clever batch file constantly monitors for any files in Folder B, and any it finds, it renames with the pre-suffix-suffix you require, and moves the file to Folder C.

    Do-able?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leif View Post
    No but...

    RoboCopy, monitoring Folder A for changes, copies from Folder A to Folder B.

    A clever batch file constantly monitors for any files in Folder B, and any it finds, it renames with the pre-suffix-suffix you require, and moves the file to Folder C.

    Do-able?
    Indeed yes, and thanks for suggesting a BATch file solution!, but the result is two asynchronous and continually-running processes whereas I would like there to be just one, doing ~half the work! If nobody has come across such a utility as I am soliciting, that may have to be the way to go...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BATcher View Post
    Indeed yes, and thanks for suggesting a BATch file solution!, but the result is two asynchronous and continually-running processes whereas I would like there to be just one, doing ~half the work! If nobody has come across such a utility as I am soliciting, that may have to be the way to go...
    Take a look at http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp. It is free for personal use and very inexpensive otherwise. I'm not sure about the "rename as you copy" part. You do have access to the VB6 source code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeperez View Post
    Take a look at http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptreplicator.asp. It is free for personal use and very inexpensive otherwise. I'm not sure about the "rename as you copy" part. You do have access to the VB6 source code.
    Thanks, Joe - I looked at that but it didn't seem to offer anything over many of the other 'backup utilities', or even RoboCopy. I have come across and am 'checking out' SyncBack SE, which offers 'File versioning' and 'Backup automatically when files change', and there are also %DATE% and %TIME% variables which might be employed. Hard to say if I can get it to do precisely what what I want without trying it, so that's tomorrow's job!
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