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Best Solution for Mirroring a C Drive onto an External?

  1. #1


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Best Solution for Mirroring a C Drive onto an External?


    Hey EightForums friends,

    I was wondering what you'd recommend for the following:

    I want a program that synchronizes my files with my external hard drive.

    The client I use right now, Memeo Instant Backup, is decent, but has the following issues:

    1. Takes a lot of resources to run
    2. Is extremely slow
    3. Doesn't mirror deleting files on my hard drive, keeps them on my external and causes it to get full

    Is there a program I can use that just literally copies my user folder onto an external drive, and as I delete/move files on my hard drive, its mirrored on the external hard drive?

    Thanks in advance,

    David

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  2. #2


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I use SyncToy from Microsoft and use the Echo option.

    Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center

    Jim
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  3. #3


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I use SyncToy from Microsoft and use the Echo option.

    Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center

    Jim
    Thank you for the suggestion, Jim! I have it installed.

    Now, new question for you...by your estimation, if I have, say, four days, is that enough time to format an entire backup drive (1TB), and start copying 800GB of files onto it with SyncToy?

    What do you think?
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  4. #4


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Should be no problem.

    Jim
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  5. #5


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Jim, not only did the program work just as you said, but it completed what I needed in less than 24 hours.

    With Windows scheduling, I now have it set to run once a week.

    Just curious - how often do you run the program?

    Thank you so much for this suggestion. It has made my life much easier.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    MirrorFolder


    You might also consider MirrorFolder.
    I have run this rather more professional tool for years now on my Win 7 machine.
    Not on my Win 8.1 laptop until now, but it is supposed to work on this OS version as well.

    MFold gives you a lot more flexibility in what to mirror in what way at what time.
    Not free, though.

    If you're interested I can give you some do's and don'ts regarding this peace of software.

    Cheers
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  7. #7


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    David, I have different folder parings and some I run every week. I use Macrium to do an image of my OS every Month after MS updates and the storage folder for the images is done after that. I have two external drives (X & I) and back up some things on both as you can see by my folder parings.

    Click image for larger version

    Jim
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by davidvkimball View Post
    Hey EightForums friends,

    I was wondering what you'd recommend for the following:

    I want a program that synchronizes my files with my external hard drive.

    The client I use right now, Memeo Instant Backup, is decent, but has the following issues:

    1. Takes a lot of resources to run
    2. Is extremely slow
    3. Doesn't mirror deleting files on my hard drive, keeps them on my external and causes it to get full

    Is there a program I can use that just literally copies my user folder onto an external drive, and as I delete/move files on my hard drive, its mirrored on the external hard drive?

    Thanks in advance,

    David
    Can you please explain why you are using this software? Is it for backup?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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