i have a pc with a 'c' and a 'd' hard drive (2 drives in total), i need a program that i can tell to monitor my docs folder and outlook express folder (and any other i specify), each time a file is updated or added to these folders a backup is created on the 'd' drive. any suggestions would be appreciated.
thanks in advance for any help
currently using w98se but probably upgrading to xp in future
Lots of backup applications out there; this seems value click here Or you could DIY with a batch program and a mouse click from time to time if you don't want automatic anything. e.g. (if the formatting fails here, the first line is the rem...Make a shortcut to this file (use Notepad and save as Backup.bat). Do not click on it to edit (it will run) but open with Notepad. Use as many xcopy lines as you want replacing the foldera, b, c with yours. If the folder names contain spaces use quotes like "c:\Folder A"
rem Batch file for backups rem /d is copy where date is younger rem /h copy hidden and system files rem /s is copy folders xcopy c:\foldera d:\foldera /d /h /s xcopy c:\folderb d:\folderb /d /h /s xcopy c:\folderc d:\folderc /d /h /s etc.
I think your best bet is to run a backup program on a regular basis: say when your screensaver kicks in. Something like EZbackup works in a few minutes as it only copies files that have changed / are new.
I don't know of one that will be able to do it on the fly without user intervention.
This is an extract of the batch file I use to do my backups. The command is slightly different in earlier Windows versions. I think you would use xcopy32 instead of xcopy and the date should be in the format 17/12/2003 but I'm working from memory so you may have to tinker.
xcopy c:\data\*.* /S /R /Y /d:12/17/2003 d:\data
I also have another batch file which opens up the backup.bat file and I use search and replace to change the date. Someone will probably be able to give the batch file command that automatically inserts the current date.
It won't work automatically each time a file is changed but you can create a shortcut to it.