How to sync user data folders with those on an external hard drive?


  1. Posts : 82
    Windows10 Pro
       #1

    How to sync user data folders with those on an external hard drive?


    Hi Guys,

    I have all of my user folders (Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures and Videos) configured on a separate data partition (D:) to Windows and all of my program files (C:).

    I also have copies of D: created on a bunch of external hard drives, for security and safety.

    Every week, or so, I have to manually copy any new or updates files from my D: to the various copies on the external drives. As you can imagine this is a painful procedure and there's always the chance that I'll forgot to copy some stuff across.

    What I'd like to know is, is there any program/utility available that would be able to parse my user folders, then copy any new or updated files to external drive(s)?

    Cheers,

    Mike.
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 37,689
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Hi try e.g.
    FreeFileSync: Open Source File Synchronization & Backup Software
    Some here have mentioned MS's obsolete Synctoy

    Hopefully you also use disk imaging routinely (Macrium Reflect - free + external storage for image files).
    A few minutes each week and you have a complete image of Windows or any disk or partition you have chosen to image.
    Images can be mounted as a drive, and explored with file explorer.
    As everything is imaged, nothing is forgotten.
    Faster with the paid-for licensed version.
    Then best to keep your image backups offline.

    That said, there is a place for data backup where critical data changes significantly between image creation.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 82
    Windows10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    @dalchina, perfect - exactly what I was after!

    I've donated to the site and am currently giving the portable version of FreeFileSync a go.

    Cheers,

    Mike.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 37,689
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4


    Would be interesting if you could drop a note on how it works out after a while.
      My Computers


 

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