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#1 (permalink)      11/26/2018 2:26:48 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Automatic backups when hard drive plugged in
I'm wondering if there's a way in Windows 10 to setup an external backup drive to detect any changes to files on my machine to be backed up as soon as it's plugged in. To explain this in point form, I'd like to:

1) plug in my back up drive.
2) The drive (or some utility) automatically scans key files and folders to check for changes (added, modified, or deleted files).
3) Any changes it detects get backed up.

In step 2), when I say "key" files, I mean only files I want backed up, not everything on my machine.

Do I need a special kind of hard drive for this?

Is there an online guide on how to set this up?

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#2 (permalink)      11/26/2018 5:24:15 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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I think quite a few external hard drive manufacturers provide a utility to sync files, and do exactly what you want. bought an external drive with it included (but cant remember the manufacturer - Western digital maybe?). i have also made my own exernal drives buy buying all the enclosures and drives myself. there are file synchronising programs out there, both free and paid.
#3 (permalink)      11/26/2018 5:28:00 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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I wrote a VB script that did this ages ago. I think it was on XP. There should be scripts out there to do this if they haven't removed the ability to do it in newer operating systems for security reasons.
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#4 (permalink)      12/29/2018 6:20:26 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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I believe a freeware program called "DSYNCHRONIZE" can do that.
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#5 (permalink)      12/29/2018 7:37:25 PM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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All the external drives I have encountered come with backup software, one of the prime reasons for an external drive. Vista has a backup utility with network options so safe to assume WIN 10 has the same.

WIN10"How to Back Up Your Computer Automatically with Windows 10's Built-in Tools"

If that don't need you needs for incremental back ups, maybe search for "free incremental backup software"

Something I should do myself but, can't be arsed.
#6 (permalink)      12/29/2018 8:03:47 PM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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RussG wrote:

If that don't need you needs for incremental back ups, maybe search for "free incremental backup software"



When I did that in recent past, I found and evaluated 2 freeware backup programs that had incrementals but both were lacking. Though it does not have incrementals, I settled on "Back4Sure" which is pretty damn good for freeware!

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#7 (permalink)      12/29/2018 8:18:49 PM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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FYI: adding this value to the registry (at least on a Win7 machine) will speed up file copying...

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo"=dword:00000001
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#8 (permalink)      12/29/2018 9:07:12 PM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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If the OP takes the time to research, there will be a freeware solution.
#9 (permalink)      12/30/2018 10:59:36 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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FoxVape wrote:

FYI: adding this value to the registry (at least on a Win7 machine) will speed up file copying...

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System
"CopyFileBufferedSynchronousIo"=dword:00000001



Not as much as this...

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
"CopyFileChunkSize"=dword:00010000
"CopyFileOverlappedCount"=dword:00000020


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Robocopy is native in Windows 7 and 10. Learn it, use it. It will do everything you need.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/windows-commands/robocopy
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