Free Windows file sync programs? FreeFileSync, etc.

Started Sep 22, 2022 | Discussions thread
Carey Brown
Carey Brown Senior Member • Posts: 2,758
Re: Free Windows file sync programs? FreeFileSync, etc.

LynniePad wrote:

Carey Brown wrote:

LynniePad wrote:

Eric Carlson wrote:

LynniePad wrote:

Robocopy has been around for a while, Win7 at least.

Since Windows NT 4.0 resource kit. A really long time ago. It's great for IT work, and for people who grew up using the command line, though not necessarily ideal for people not used to using a command prompt.

Yes, but some early versions were rather limited. I mentioned Win7 because it was likely the first version that many users employed. Wikipedia discusses the history.

I’d suggest that the computer skills required for command line operation are rather less than those required for wrangling LR and PS, and for the many other complex activities often recommended by our correspondents. Craig, for example, makes my head hurt.

I’ve been using Robocopy for backup since 2019 with good results. There does seem to be some reluctance to use the program, but it’s ideal for my requirements.

Does Robocopy support versioning?

No, but when necessary, I keep multiple versions of a developing project in the working folder: (thesis001.docx, thesis002.docx, thesis003.docx etc.).

I use FreeFileSync which has versioning. On two critical folder hierarchies that are in constant change I set up FFS script to back them up with versioning every hour. Runs in the background and  is very fast.

In addition to the quick Robocopy backup, I regularly back up the whole working folder system, without overwriting, so there’s about 2 years of versioning. Note that the working folder is only 30Gb, and there’s a separate backup system for my photo archive (which is also supplemented by a Robocopy routine).

What some correspondents don’t seem to understand is that, after the initial backup, subsequent runs only copy new or changed files by default. That, plus the implementation of multi-tasking makes for very quick backup. The first time that I used MT with SSD source and destination drives, I thought that the procedure had failed because it was done in an instant.

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