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BackUp Solutions/Suggestions for 8TB of Data?

  1. #11

    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Durahl View Post
    Got to figure out how to automate this on both PC's for both being awake and ready when it's time.
    You could use task scheduler to run a powershell script every hour of whatever with

    program %SystemRoot%\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe
    arguments -noprofile -executionpolicy bypass -File "C:\Users\adam\Powershell\ScriptName.ps1"

    make the script send a wake on lan packet, wait for response to ping and then issue your robocopy. Something like this (I've not tested it but do similar things like this)
    ## Server details
    ## Wake server if not already running
    if ($Echo.Status.ToString() -ne"Success")
      $target=0,2,4,6,8,10|% {[convert]::ToByte($mac.substring($_,2),16)} 
      $packet= (,[byte]255*6) + ($target*16) 
    ## Wait for echo
    $Activity="Waking server"
    $Status="Waiting for server to respond to echo"
      Write-Progress-ID2-ParentID1-Activity$Activity-Status$Status-PercentComplete (($j/$TriesPerSecond*100)/$TimeOut)
      Sleep (1/$TriesPerSecond)
      if ($j-eq$TimeOut*$TriesPerSecond)
        Write-Host"Time out expired, aborting."
        Write-Host"Press any key to continue ..."
    } while ($Echo.Status.ToString() -ne"Success")
    ## Issue robocopy
    robocopy $SourceDir $DestinationDir /b /e /r:0 /w:0 /copyall /mt /log:$DestinationDir\logname.log

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  2. #12

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Afterwards simply use what's known as "Incrementals" (or some people might call them "Differentials") - not sure what the correct term is but decent professional backup products will produce a backup simply of changed and new files since the last full backup. With things like music I doubt if you make a huge amount of changes.
    An incremental backup means the 1st backup is a full, the second backup is just stuff that changed since the first full backup, the third backup is what has changed since the second backup, the forth backup is what changed since the third backup, and so on.

    A differential backup means the 1st backup is a full, the second backup is stuff that changed since the last full backup. So, thus far the same as an incremental. However, the third backup is again everything that changed since the first full backup (so it includes the stuff from the 2nd and the 3rd backup. The forth backup, would include the 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

    Incrementals run the fastest, since it's just the changes since the last incremental, but restores are slower as you have to restore all of them.

    Differentials take longer to backup and consume more space, but are faster to restore...since you restore only the full backup and the last differential.

    Hi there

    Thanks for the explanation.

    Both systems obviously have their merits and disadvantages -- I'm used to the Incremental method - but especially for things like music that rarely change the Differential scheme might be better -- although it could get confusing using two different methods. For the OS though I always Image it fully.

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  3. #13

    Posts : 151
    Win8 Pro

    My personal favorite free backup utility can be found here:


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