What's the best open source Windows back-up app?
FOSS to the rescue
I have a 250GB external hard drive which I use to back-up my Windows XP machine. Sorry, Linux fans, but there are apps I need to run that are Windows only, otherwise I'd switch.
Point is, I'm fed up of copying files manually. So, what do you guys recommend as a solid, open source back-up utility that will copy my Documents folder and then, on subsequent runs, only copy over updated files.
Ideally, something like Mac OS X's Time Machine that'll allow me to restore files based on date. But at the very least something that'll automate the work.
Sounds like syncBack will do all that you require. There's free and paid-for versions, but so far the free has done everything I need
I've been using SyncToy 2.0 - another freebie from Microsoft - to backup my info to an external HDD.
Sure, it's not a full backup of the OS, but I'd rebuild that from stratch if it Borked itself.
It's kind of a 'nice' frontend to robocopy - takes an age to run the first time, but subsequent runs are fast.
It lets you decide how aggressive the sync is - whether or not you'd like to replicate source file deletions to the copy.
Being a straight copy of the files means that it's easy to use and transportable, but it's uncompressed and the data is only as good (or bad) as the last sync. No fancy Time Machine stuff here.
A great product although not free
I have been using ViceVersa Plus for several years. It is not open source and not free, but the $35 I spent on this have been worth every penny as it makes syncing my laptop with the server a no-hassle job that just works every day. There is a free 30-day trial available at http://www.tgrmn.com/
best rgds, Peter
I use xcopy in a backup.bat file (that must be run from the root of the backup drive) to backup three drives, like this:
echo Backing up drive C
xcopy c:\*.* \backup\C\ /s /d /r /h /y /c /f /EXCLUDE:c:\exclude.txt
echo Backing up drive D
xcopy d:\*.* \backup\D\ /s /d /r /h /y /c /f /EXCLUDE:d:\exclude.txt
echo Backing up drive E
xcopy e:\*.* \backup\E\ /s /d /r /h /y /c /f /EXCLUDE:e:\exclude.txt
pause Any key to exit
The xcopy line is put together as follows:
xcopy sourcedir destdir switches /EXCLUDE exclusionsfile, where
sourcedir = main source directory
destdir = main backup directory
switches are as above (/s to copy subdirectories, /d to copy more recent files only, /r and /h to copy read-only and hidden files, /y to confirm automatically, /c to continue on errors (e.g. access denied), and /f to display full source and destination while copying).
The exclusions file consists of lines, each of which is an expression. If any line matches all or part of a file of directory in the source, that file/directory will be ignored.
To back up just your Documents directory, you might try:
xcopy "fullpathtoyourdocuments" \Documents\ /s /d /r /h /y /c /f
The quotes round fullpathtoyourdocuments are needed if there are any spaces in the path. (I don't have spaces, because I'm backing up from the root directory of each drive, and use the exclusions file to "deselect" unwanted files.)
It isn't open source, but xcopy comes free with Windows, and it has worked well for me on several machines.
Hope this may be of assistance.
Another basic choice
Another basic choice would be Karen's Replicator - As with robocopy it's not open source but is completely free:
Similar to robocopy it's basically an rsync style tool that'll generate an exact replica of your source files/folders but does provide a very straightforward UI and will only backup changed files (as with robocopy there's no option for genuine incremental backups though) as well as deletes from backups when source files are deleted, though you can enable/disable that, and uses its' own scheduling to allow your backups to run automatically as long as the program's running.