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    Recommendation for backup / mirroring? Example

    This is a maintenance question even though it has a process description.

    I want to use a built in Windows application, or a Microsoft add on to manage some file structures between spindles and PCs. I'm comfortable with the command line so WBAdmin and XCopy are possibilities. I wouldn't pass up a GUI either. I've designed several successful BackupExec systems so I'm familiar with file attributes and methods like incremental, etc.

    I have a laptop, a desktop and an external drive. These make a total of four disk drives, ignoring the fact the desktop system drive is a hardware mirror.

    On three of the drives I have overlapped portions of my music collection. The external drive has the most carefully examined set of the music and it is where the Gold set will be made. I've been using a utility from Microsoft Codeplex, Bulk File Manager, to locate file duplicates.

    The desktop is for CPU intensive work and the laptop for my downloads. You can guess where this is going. Once I have the gold set made I want to propagate it. After that when I get new files or do something like edit the headers I need to sync. So this is a replication across systems and within systems.

    I'd rather not experiment with utilities that will prove to be a dead end. Recommendations?

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    Check out Richcopy.
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

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    Daddy-o,

    I've had success with both RoboCopy (command line -builtin Win 7 & 8) and SyncToy (GUI). HTH
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    Robocopy is the ants pants! Always my first port of call for backup / mirroring. Makes server migration a cinch too.

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul,

    I've heard of ants in your pants, but never ants with pants!
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