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  1. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 33
    Windows 10
       02 Dec 2015 #1

    Free file backup software


    Hi,

    Can anyone suggest a good free third party software for file backup.....?

    I googled it, but it seems that some free tools do not work well with W10.

    I have Macrium and use it for Imaging/Cloning, but the free version does not offer file backup.

    I would like to save my pictures and videos incrementally on an external HDD.

    Thanks,
    -BBDS
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 1,204
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       02 Dec 2015 #2

    I use EaseUS | Data Recovery, Backup, Partition Manager & PC Utility Software which handles both system images and selective data backups - the free version has all the tools you need for basic set-ups including scheduling.

    We as a site actually had a free offer recently for the slightly more advances Home version so may be worth checking google for similar offers but I can recommend the free version
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  3. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10
       02 Dec 2015 #3

    FreeFileSynch works for me.
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  4.    02 Dec 2015 #4

    It's not free , but second copy does a damned good automatic job with lots of options , timed backups , copy , replace , duplicate , mirror etc.

    For free 'FreeFileSynch' , less options but good for manual daily backups of set folders.

    I use both, second copy every day on an automatic scheduled timer and freefilesync weekly to an external storage area.
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  5. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 33
    Windows 10
       02 Dec 2015 #5

    It seems FreeFileSync has good reviews, though some complained that the latest version brought in some malware during download.

    What is the safest place to download it from.....?

    Thanks,
    -BBDS
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Joined : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 1,204
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       02 Dec 2015 #6

    I think this is the developer's site which is usually the best location for clean copies. Can't actually state it'll be clean as it's not one I use but should be
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  7. Joined : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 1,204
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       02 Dec 2015 #7

    Have run a check on the installer with Comodo AV and Malwarebytes Pro and both show it to be clean
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  8. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 33
    Windows 10
       02 Dec 2015 #8

    Barman58 said: View Post
    Have run a check on the installer with Comodo AV and Malwarebytes Pro and both show it to be clean
    Thank you Barman58.....!!!!

    -BBDS
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Joined : Nov 2015
    Posts : 33
    Windows 10
       02 Dec 2015 #9

    Just before downloading FreeFileSync I gave Windows native file backup tool one more chance, it was bad.

    FreeFileSync download brought along some Tune-up utility, but I just uninstalled it.

    I got a little confused at first with their terminology, but eventually FreeFileSync worked exactly as expected.
    I still do not understand the difference between 'Mirror' and 'Update'.

    Along with FreeFileSync a RealTimeSync got installed, a tiny little tool, but I do not understand its purpose.

    Thank you all for your good advice.

    -BBDS
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  10. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 34
    Windows 10
       03 Dec 2015 #10

    "Mirror" makes the folders look alike. So if you were to delete a file on A it will be deleted on B when you synchronize.
    "Update" will just move any new or updated files from A to B, but not delete any.
    I suggest you create a folder called "Backups" and put everything you want backed up under it. Makes it easier.
    And become familiar with FreeFileSynch by copying some files to a "backup" folder and testing how it works.
    You could lose files if you don't understand how the different functions work.
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