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    Backup

    Does anyone know of a backup software that will copy newer versions of files from a specified set of folders to another similar set of folders o another disc.

    If no-one knows of any software tehn i will have to develop one in Access.

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    Re: Backup

    How do you define 'newer'? Do you mean the program will have to compare file dates on Disc A with those on Disc B, and if newer, copy the files on Disc A to Disc B?

    (I'll move this to the Software forum as I think you'll get a better response there.)

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    Re: Backup

    Your description is correct. i need to copy files from disc A to Disc B where the date of the file on disc A is later that the file on disc B.

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    Re: Backup

    Have you looked at Karen's Replicator, often mentioned here?

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    Re: Backup

    Microsoft's SyncToy will do this.

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    Re: Backup

    And for a pair of command-line programs, either Microsoft's RoboCopy or the very similar XXCOPY. I tend to use the former when I'm not using SyncToy (mentioned earlier).

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    Re: Backup

    Thanks Al, this seems to do what i want, but is it better than SyncToy as mentioned later in this thread.

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    Re: Backup

    I use the DOS XCOPY command to do this, copying files that have 'changed' since the last backup into a network folder.

    <pre>xcopy <source_dir> <target_dir> /Y /D /E</pre>


    where <source_dir> is Disc A, <target_dir> is Disc B, and the flags Y, D, and E, are always overwrite destination file (if exists), copy file(s) where source date is newer than target date, and copy (sub)directories including those that are empty, respectively.

    I've got a batch file or two setup to run on a twice daily schedule to backup our golf course tee-booking system. Heck, even JohnGray had input in that one <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.
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    Re: Backup

    Thanks Chris, but does this solution have a facility to exclude files as well?

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    Re: Backup

    I'm not sure what your requirements for exclusion are Pat. You can see the entire list of flags available for the xcopy command, by typing at a command prompt:

    <pre>xcopy /?</pre>


    The list varies between each version of Windows, but in general, there's a wide range of options to use.
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    Re: Backup

    I don't use the Sync Toy, Pat, so you'll have to wait to see if BigKev comes back and reads your question, unless someone else knows the answer.

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    Re: Backup

    Does xcopy copy files that are in use?

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    Re: Backup

    Hi Al, can you cancel a copy job that is running with Karen's Replicator.

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    Re: Backup

    Oh boy, I don't know, Pat. It's been quite awhile since I've used it and I don't remember ever having a need to cancel an active job. One would have to setup a test case and try it to see. Let's see if anyone else can shed any light on your question.

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    Re: Backup

    Hi Pat,

    I've just had a look and I don't find a Cancel option. However you can close the Replicator application while running a job.
    If by "cancel" you mean not only stop copying files which were not processed yet but also roll back replaced files in the destination directory to their original status, I don't think that's possible.

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