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    Backup software

    I want to backup our main data disk to another computer. I only want to copy over the new files.

    Xcopy could possibly do this but not with the files names we now use.

    Is there a piece of software for backing up the changged and added files to the backup machine.

    I would have thought this was not a big issue, but I don't want to sit there and answer Yes for each of files or other time-wasting ideas.

    Right now I'm using file explorer to find the newer files and copy them to a subdirectory.

    Copy the entire disk is easy even though it's 60 gigs, but just the new files to an already established backup disk seems a strange idea to most of the software.

    Any suggestions for software? The bcakup drive can either be on Winserver 2008 R2 or a Win7 computer.

    Automation would be nice.
    Richard

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    Richard,

    Welcome to the Lounge as a new poster!

    You can use XCopy with the /M switch {xcopy /m d:\source\*.* d:\dest\*.*} which will only copy those files with the Archive Bit set, i.e. those that have changed. It will then reset the Archive Bit. Of course if you have never done this all the files will look like they are changed files.

    Update: Then again if you have used a backup program before most of them will clear the Archive Bit.
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    Robocopy is the answer. File names over 255 characters, only copies modified / new files, traverses sub-directories, no size limit, free.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l...=ws.10%29.aspx
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/showthread.php/143642-Moving-shares-to-a-different-partition-Windows-2003-Server-SP2

    cheers, Paul
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    Hello Richard,
    You should check out Genie Timeline 2012 very seamless and reliable backups.
    Regards,
    Nicole

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    Note: Genie will cost you £45 to do something that can be done for nothing.

    cheers, Paul

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    Richard,

    In my previous post I tried to just answer your question. However, I agree with Paul that RoboCopy is a great program. I have a batch file that runs Robocopy to keep a copy of everything that changes updated on my 2nd internal drive. I have a custom toolbar sitting on the taskbar with shortcut to this batch file 2 clicks and my Documents folder is backuped no fuss no muss. Here's the RoboCopy command I use:
    Robocopy "G:\BEKDocs" "V:\BEKDocs" /MIR /XJD /R:5 /W:15 /MT:32 /V /NP /LOG:RoboCopy.log

    Note: I've moved my Documents folder off the C: drive so you'd need to adjust accordingly.
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    Hello Paul,
    I must say there is a free version of Genie Timeline 2012 . You should give it a go http://www.genie9.com/Free_products/free_timeline.aspx
    Cheers

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    Ah! they hid that well.

    cheers, Paul

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