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Simple real-time backup software (around 1 TB of files)

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1

    Simple real-time backup software (around 1 TB of files)


    I'd like a really simple backup solution. It should take a backup of the folders I select, and always run in the background copying whenever there's a change. Of course only when the computer is idle. I don't need revisions of the files - I just want the latest version of the files. So it's just a mirror of the current content.

    It should be the same folder structure and all, so I don't need to have the software in order to restore - just copy it back over.

    And suggestions?

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  2. #2

    I'm not sure about the exact software for this for 'real time' there are many solutions to do this function on a backup schedule though (i have used windows built in backup and syncback as well as my own batch files).

    Real time might be an issue on the grounds that if you deleted a file, that would replicate to your backup and therefore wouldn't be able to restore it unless you have the backup one way (so it doesn't delete anything in the destination location) but you would then need to make sure you have plenty of space on the backup location.

    You could look at SyncBackFree V7- SyncBack Free - freeware version of the ultimate data backup software

    • Backup
    • Synchronize: Copy files in both directions
    • Restore backup files easily
    • Email logs
    • Run programs before and after profiles
    • Schedule backups
    • Unicode enabled for non-English filenames
    • Process unlimited filename lengths
    • Simple and Advanced mode
    • Runs on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
    • Extensive Help Documentation & Support
    • Completely Free!
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  3. #3

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    Windows 8.1 Update 1

    Pure Sync could be the software for you. It offers various ways of scheduling backups, among them the possibility to initiate a backup whenever there has been a change in the source folder. It comes in a free and a paid version, for most users the free version is just fine.
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  4. #4

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    Dual boot: Win 8.1 Pro x64; Win 7 HP x64

    I use the realtime option from this open source freeware. Hasn't let me down yet. Can configure it to perform the sync operation a at a defined time after the computer goes idle; can configure versioning or no versioning.

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  5. #5

    Instead of realtime, you could use something like robocopy (which comes with Windows) and schedule a recurring backup job. Robocopy can mirror the source to a destination and only copies the files which have changed.

    I prefer not having realtime, this way if you make a mistake, delete a bunch of stuff, or infect a file, you don't immediately screw up the backup copy of the file as well.
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Simple real-time backup software (around 1 TB of files)
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