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Backing up to a second drive without using a program?

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March 15, 2013 4:52:32 PM

I'm wondering if there is a way that I can back up certain folders to a drive, and have them automatically be backed up if changed, without using a backup utility.

For example, in my scenario I want to have a copy of my music and picture folders on another drive, and if I add something to the original folder, I would like it to be automatically be added to the backup folder.

I have tried the windows backup utility but it didn't work worth shit for me, and looked into other backup utilities but wasn't satisfied.

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March 15, 2013 5:13:26 PM

have a look at acronis, it does what you want

i think macrium reflect would as well and the easus one


personally i use the acronis but then i usually do a full clone off c drive and data to an external usb3 - 3tb hdd
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March 15, 2013 5:23:58 PM

Hi :) 

You are going to HAVE to use a program... like Acronis or any other backup utility...


All the best Brett :) 
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March 15, 2013 5:33:49 PM

monster10888 said:
For example, in my scenario I want to have a copy of my music and picture folders on another drive, and if I add something to the original folder, I would like it to be automatically be added to the backup folder.

It's called RAID-1 (mirroring). The drawback is that if you delete or overwrite a file from the original folder, it gets deleted or overwritten on the mirror drive as well. But if you enable shadow copies, you should be able to revert to a previous version of the file even after a delete or overwrite.
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March 15, 2013 5:40:00 PM

Solandri said:
monster10888 said:
For example, in my scenario I want to have a copy of my music and picture folders on another drive, and if I add something to the original folder, I would like it to be automatically be added to the backup folder.

It's called RAID-1 (mirroring). The drawback is that if you delete or overwrite a file from the original folder, it gets deleted or overwritten on the mirror drive as well. But if you enable shadow copies, you should be able to revert to a previous version of the file even after a delete or overwrite.


Hi :) 

Shadow copy wont do what he wants as it runs when scheduled...NOT all the time...

All the best Brett :) 
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March 15, 2013 7:50:50 PM

Solandri said:
monster10888 said:
For example, in my scenario I want to have a copy of my music and picture folders on another drive, and if I add something to the original folder, I would like it to be automatically be added to the backup folder.

It's called RAID-1 (mirroring). The drawback is that if you delete or overwrite a file from the original folder, it gets deleted or overwritten on the mirror drive as well. But if you enable shadow copies, you should be able to revert to a previous version of the file even after a delete or overwrite.


I thought of going for RAID1 but can you do that with just specific folders? I have a 1TB drive with my accounts and shit on it and i just want to copy a few folders to a couple drives in a RAID0, which is about 500GB

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March 15, 2013 8:08:46 PM

monster10888 said:
I thought of going for RAID1 but can you do that with just specific folders? I have a 1TB drive with my accounts and shit on it and i just want to copy a few folders to a couple drives in a RAID0, which is about 500GB

Yes you can, sort of. You have to RAID1 two entire drives though (unless your RAID software supports doing it for just a partition on two drive - then you can allocate small partitions to RAID1 them together).

Say your RAID1 array is D:, and you want to have a RAID1 folder appear on C:. First you make the folder on the D: drive. Then you make a link to it on the C: drive (Microsoft calls em junctions). Topologically Windows will think the folder is on the C: drive, but the files themselves will reside on the D: drive so they will enjoy RAID1 protection.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/283028-32-steam-folde...

However, Brett said shadow copies are made on a schedule, not every time you change a file like I thought. If that's the case, you'll only be protected against a disk failure. You won't be protected if you accidentally delete a file. You'll still need a backup.
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