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Snapshot based backup software.

  1. #11


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Zippydsmlee View Post
    Is there a program like windows recovery only you can pick and chose files and folders to backup, like all I want to backup is some files on C, windows folder, user folder and maybe programdata folder. I do not have the space for a full 1:1 backup ><
    It would also be nice if I could run all sorts of backup and full folder to folder synchronization operations(that can copy locked files) with it too.
    Many recommend Macrium but you have to image entire drive which is not what you want, apparently. Some have issues with it but I've never encountered them, using True Image ( PC Backup Software - Acronis True Image 2015 for PC ) which allows imaging just the OS & installed programs via 'Exclusions' function in Backup Options. I just exclude my User and Onedrive folders and image takes up about 20gb and takes about 30 mins. Bear in mind mounting this image will delete your files which should be kept separately for easy re-install. It also has a Startup Recovery Manager which enables you to access TI before the OS boots so if you have a virus that regenerates itself, it won't be an issue in, essentially, a safe mode environment.

    I use Goodsync ( File Sync & Backup Software | GoodSync ) to sync data files. You can pick and choose what to incl or filter out and it only takes mins to update data any time you want. However, it overwrites last file version so it's less effective than Windows file History, if you want to revert to one of several versions of a file. I put the data backup on an ext drive which I disconnect so any virus like a ransomware can't affect my backup as well..

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  2. #12


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    Have you looked at 'Second Copy' ? , paid for but well worth it... Automatic backup software - secure data with Second Copy
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  3. #13


    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    Actually you can use the built in windows system image facility (bottom left of the in file history screen) and exclude what you want.

    If you want to exclude certain folders add them to this registry key using regedit:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BackupRestore\FilesNotToSnapshot

    Remember to use wildcards. For example to exclude Downloads, Music and Videos create a new Multi-String value key (by right clicking in FilesNotToSnapshot ) called "My exclusions" (the name is up to you) in the registry and add these values
    Code:
    $UserProfile$\Downloads\*.*
    $UserProfile$\Music\*.*
    $UserProfile$\Videos\*.* 
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  4. #14


    Posts : 35
    Win8, Win 7, 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mrgeek View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Zippydsmlee View Post
    Is there a program like windows recovery only you can pick and chose files and folders to backup, like all I want to backup is some files on C, windows folder, user folder and maybe programdata folder. I do not have the space for a full 1:1 backup ><
    It would also be nice if I could run all sorts of backup and full folder to folder synchronization operations(that can copy locked files) with it too.
    Many recommend Macrium but you have to image entire drive which is not what you want, apparently. Some have issues with it but I've never encountered them, using True Image ( PC Backup Software - Acronis True Image 2015 for PC ) which allows imaging just the OS & installed programs via 'Exclusions' function in Backup Options. I just exclude my User and Onedrive folders and image takes up about 20gb and takes about 30 mins. Bear in mind mounting this image will delete your files which should be kept separately for easy re-install. It also has a Startup Recovery Manager which enables you to access TI before the OS boots so if you have a virus that regenerates itself, it won't be an issue in, essentially, a safe mode environment.

    I use Goodsync ( File Sync & Backup Software | GoodSync ) to sync data files. You can pick and choose what to incl or filter out and it only takes mins to update data any time you want. However, it overwrites last file version so it's less effective than Windows file History, if you want to revert to one of several versions of a file. I put the data backup on an ext drive which I disconnect so any virus like a ransomware can't affect my backup as well..
    Macrium at least the trial seems to have a windows/boot/system backup, I set weekly and monthly and it compressed it down to about 30GB, I'll do a normal backup of program file folders as a monthly thing and I think that will cover everything as far as snapshot/imaging, ect goes.

    Trying syncback trial and it seems to cover all my syncing needs even locked files, ect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wullail View Post
    Have you looked at 'Second Copy' ? , paid for but well worth it... Automatic backup software - secure data with Second Copy
    Gave it a look over I think syncback works better....uhg there goes 100$ ><
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Actually you can use the built in windows system image facility (bottom left of the in file history screen) and exclude what you want.

    If you want to exclude certain folders add them to this registry key using regedit:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\BackupRestore\FilesNotToSnapshot

    Remember to use wildcards. For example to exclude Downloads, Music and Videos create a new Multi-String value key (by right clicking in FilesNotToSnapshot ) called "My exclusions" (the name is up to you) in the registry and add these values
    Code:
    $UserProfile$\Downloads\*.*
    $UserProfile$\Music\*.*
    $UserProfile$\Videos\*.* 
    Click image for larger version
    I can see me nuking my registry in the future LOL
    I might try and fool with it but sheesh I am ham handed ><
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  5. #15


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Actually you can use the built in windows system image facility (bottom left of the in file history screen) and exclude what you want.
    Terrific tip, thanks
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  6. #16


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


    I use SyncToy from MS for my file backups.

    Download SyncToy 2.1 from Official Microsoft Download Center

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  7. #17


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Acronis True Image [pay-for definitely] will make either all-or-nothing image backups, or, specified folders/files backup.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Acronis True Image [pay-for definitely] will make either all-or-nothing image backups, or, specified folders/files backup.
    Not sure what you mean by all or nothing but you can specify what to exclude under 'Options'/ Exclusions tab, like here -

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  9. #19


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    By all or nothing, I meant Acronis can make an image of a whole hard-drive, or of an entire partition.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 112
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    By all or nothing, I meant Acronis can make an image of a whole hard-drive, or of an entire partition.
    OK; that's a given, like creating a Custom System Image via Windows 8. I was pointing out that the TI image can be customized via exclusions to make smaller and faster to make or mount, in case of disaster. Attached iImage is of my list so that I can re-image just the OS and installed programs (~20 gb) weekly and sync my excluded data (~300 gb) elsewhere on a daily basis.
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