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May 18 2009   6:36PM GMT

Data Backup – Sync Toy 2.0

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Well, its happened again, a bad drive… recently i have been having problems saving some files to disk. Running a “chkdsk /r” confirmed the problem, bad sectors. Time to backup some files and folders. I have approximately 13000 pictures from 2002 till now. First thing I did was burn them to DVDR-DL disc, sure this is fine for archiving, but what if my drive dies and I want quick access to my pics? copying 13k photos from DVDR could take a while, so I downloaded and used Sync Toy, im not going to explain how to use it, since it is so straight forward… below are some of the features I “borrowed” from Microsoft’s Sync Toy webpage.

– Dynamic Drive Letter Assignment: Drive letter reassignment will now be detected and updated in the folder pair definition.
– True Folder Sync: Folder creates, renames, and deletes are now synchronized for all SyncToy actions.
– Exclusion Filtering Based on Name: File exclusion based on name with exact or fuzzy matching.
– Filtering Based on File Attributes: The ability to exclude files based on one or more file attributes (Read-Only, System, Hidden).
– Unattended Folder Pair Execution: Addressed issues related to running scheduled folder pairs while logged off.
– Folder Pairs With Shared Endpoints: Ability for folder pairs associated with the same or different instances of SyncToy to share end-points.

Now something even more useful would be the ability to schedule Sync Toy, follow the instructions below and you should be good to go!

1.) Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Scheduled Tasks to open up Task Scheduler

2.) Click on Add Scheduled Task, Click on Next

3.) Scroll down and click on the SyncToy option, click on Next

4.)  Under “Perform this Task” choose Daily and click Next

5.)  Now choose a start time, I would recommend either a time when you first turn on your computer or late in the evening when you are done for the day. Choose Daily again for when to perform this task and choose the current date then click Next.

6.) Here’s the tricky part, in order for the task to be scheduled, you’ll need to tell the scheduler which user to perform the task for and the username for that profile. Enter the username and password for this profile in this section and click Next.

7.) On the next screen check the box for “Open advanced properties for this task when I click Finish” and then click Finish

8.) When the Advanced Properties box opens, look under the Task tab for the Run line. It should look similar to the one below.

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft\SyncToy\SyncToy.exe”

Make the Run command look like the following to allow SyncToy to run all the folder pairs.

“C:\Program Files\Microsoft\SyncToy\SyncToy.exe” -R

9.) Click Ok and close the Scheduled Tasks window.


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