File Backup similar to SyncToy?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by yeow, Aug 4, 2009.

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  1. yeow

    yeow Registered Member

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    I'm looking for file backup app that's similar to SyncToy 2.0. My backup drive H: (ext hdd) already contains backup files in same folder structure as my source data drive E: So basically H: is almost like mirror of E: less hidden system files.

    Can Karen's Replicator, Cobian Backup or other app continue from here? As in, just add new or changed files currently in E: to H:. If possible, can I have a preview run of the files to be added/overwritten, and possibly a choice to unselect a few of those files?

    The reason I'm looking for a SyncToy replacement, is that the files it writes seem to be very fragmented. So currently I only use its preview run window, then manually copy over the few new files.

    Thanks & rgds.
     
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    Thanks for the recommendation :). It does have the features I want, but I note in the features comparison chart that freeware version:

    Fully Vista and 64-bit Compatible (x)

    I'd forgotten to add, I just migrated from XP to Win7 RC 64-bit yesterday. And also looking for a free or freeware replacement cause I'm a cheapskate. Sorry for missing out those important bits, my mistake.
     
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    Hi Minimax2000, thanks for looking out for me. I'll look into that too, thanks!

    Also to other readers, my main concern it whether the backup app will be able to pick up where SyncToy left off. Or does the new backup app absolutely need to run one full backup (worse, overwrite my files) to build its own database of files? Cause I've no idea how they work. That's also partly why a preview/simulated run would be great for me, or I'll be too anxious of things going bad. TIA!
     
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    SyncToy uses a database to track what it's doing. Many of the freebies don't and just run from a job list. IMO, while the job list ones are ok, the database programs are superior because they "know" what changed and are better at determining what the most logical way to sync things is.

    The 2 best database sync apps I am aware of are GoodSync and Allway Sync. They both offer limited free versions but I ended up buying GoodSync Pro because I wanted/needed something I could absolutely rely on (and have no limitations.) I have found it to be rock solid. I use it daily and trust it implicitly.

    http://www.goodsync.com/
    http://www.allwaysync.com/
     
  7. yeow

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    Hi HAN, thanks for the recommendations. I was gonna go with Goodsync until I realized freeware version limits 100 monitored files for sync (need upward of 3000 files). Will read abt Allway Sync tomorrow.

    Btw Win7 RC already has image & file backup function, but no preview so I've no idea if I simply set E: -> H: whether 300GB of files already mirrored in H: will be overwritten or not. Also no mention if backup mode is incremental/contribute/other.
    http://lifehacker.com/5144757/first-look-at-windows-7s-backup-and-restore-center
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/features/backup.aspx
    http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/01/18/windows-7-windows-backup-overview

    If all fails I might install SyncToy 2.0 & just do preview run method once again. Normally I have less than 10 new/changed files that needs copying, just that they're scattered in diff locations so I can't rem where offhand.

    TIA while waiting for more suggestions. :):):)
     
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