February 18, 2018 at 6:41 am #167431
So I am experimenting using Windows File Backup which, by and large, seems fairly competent.
My problem with it is that it is automated and it seems I can only backup to an accessible drive so, for example, my D: drive. That works AOK except that I want to keep my backups offline … in other words I want to connect my backup drive ONLY when the backup is happening and preferably run the backup manually. This is something I can do/have done using a Python script which I use to create a robocopy batch file and that works very well but, being in the home computer support business, I would prefer to use something already available (I’m doing a presentation on backups for home users this Wednesday).
Does anyone know how to run Windows file backup manually? By that I don’t just mean switch it on so it can run when it wants to, I mean switch it on and make it start at the behest (perhaps) of a batch file so I can connect a drive first then disconnect it after.
An alternative might be to have the backup target as a URL or similar.
BloodModeratorFebruary 19, 2018 at 9:03 am #337359
I used to use Robocopy, then I started using SyncToy which worked well for my purposes. After I started using Win 10 I switched to a cloud backup service.February 19, 2018 at 1:42 pm #312543Blood;n516209 wrote:I used to use Robocopy, then I started using SyncToy which worked well for my purposes. After I started using Win 10 I switched to a cloud backup service.
I checked out SyncToy (it looked intetesting) and yes, it seems to work OK via the GUI but seems real slow via the command line. Of course it’s early days :)
Is there any way SyncToy will display what it’s doing in command line mode?
BloodModeratorFebruary 20, 2018 at 4:50 am #337360
That’s not something I ever did. I always ran it from the GUI. The program gives a detailed log of its actions – could you use that instead of monitoring it via a command window?
However, I did see this thread which asks how to hide the window – but, I don’t know if progress was being displayed etc., which is why they want it hidden so that it is not a distraction…
https://social.microsoft.com/Forums/…?forum=synctoyAugust 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm #312547lorien0688;n516688 wrote:I am also struggling with the same issue
I eventually stayed with my python script because it works OK and because I can hide the mapped drive when I am not backing up which presumably means that if I get some nasty on my system it won’t be able to find my backups and I can recover my date … I backup once a week.
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