Windows 10: Backup recommendation: Documents from C: to E:, then backup D: to E:

Discus and support Backup recommendation: Documents from C: to E:, then backup D: to E: in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I am embarrassed to ask this basic question, but one day the train blew by me and i am still standing on the platform... Running W10 Preview, so... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by brucemc777, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Backup recommendation: Documents from C: to E:, then backup D: to E:


    I am embarrassed to ask this basic question, but one day the train blew by me and i am still standing on the platform...

    Running W10 Preview, so whatever is the latest release.

    I finally got a new 1TB HDD and wish to properly implement back-ups of my files.

    I have:
    • C: a 500GB SSD
    • D: a 1TB HDD, and
    • E: a 1TB HDD
    C: has my OS and also all of the "Documents"
    D: Has Pictures, Music, Videos and a lot of misc material.

    I want to first back up all of "Documents" to E:, then everything from D: to E:

    This will still leave me with about 50GB space on E:

    I don't really see how to accomplish this with the backup built into W10, though, admittedly, i get confused rather easily, and am looking for what the least expensive, hopefully free, software that you folks could recommend that will accomplish this as simply as possible, from the standpoints of configuration, automation and economy of work (not recursively copying the same files over every time it runs, and keeping from taking up resources while i am trying to work).

    I appreciate your thoughts and knowledge!

    :)
     
    brucemc777, Mar 12, 2019
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    I have two internal hard drives in my laptop:

    • C on which is the OS and the program files
    • D onto which I store all my data - photos, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PDF files, etc.

    I use the in-built Windows 10 backup program to backup the D drive to an external hard drive E.

    When I compare what is on the E drive, after a backup, with what is on the D drive (and has been selected for backing up), some folders are missing from the E drive, that is they have not been backed up, even though they were selected for backup.

    This problem occurs both when:

    • I select just the entire D drive (not individual folders) for backup and
    • when I manually select each individual folder on the D drive for backup (tedious)
     
    LionelJohnson1, Mar 12, 2019
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  3. newtekie1 Win User
    Cheap automatic backup for My Documents

    Then use the Robocopy command. Here is the bat file I use to backup my data:

    Code: @ECHO. @ECHO Backing Up @ECHO. @robocopy C:\Users\Administrator\Documents C:\Backup\Documents /MIR /ZB >> log.txt @ECHO. @ECHO Success! @Pause[/quote] This will only backup files that are new or changed, so after the first backup, it is a lot quicker than recopying every file every time you backup. Also if you delete a file from your documents folder, say because you don't need it anymore, it will be removed from the backup location also.
     
    newtekie1, Mar 12, 2019
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  4. Backup recommendation: Documents from C: to E:, then backup D: to E:

    Cheap automatic backup for My Documents

    [/quote]This will only backup files that are new or changed, so after the first backup, it is a lot quicker than recopying every file every time you backup. Click to expand... What is the advantage of robocopy over xcopy?
     
    PVTCaboose1337, Mar 12, 2019
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Backup recommendation: Documents from C: to E:, then backup D: to E:

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