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I was a subscriber to Mark's newsletter back in the day and really enjoyed it. One of the takeaways I got was a batch file to perform the backup in the subject - I had one I ran daily for my user directory, and another two I ran monthly to backup my various media and photos.

Sadly, my SSD drive died the other day and I didn't have a copy of the batch files themselves anywhere.  I'm wondering if such a thing still exists, or if something even better has been created?

My new system runs Win10, and I had the batch files configured to move my backups to offline storage so I could keep historical backups.

So, any help on this would be greatly appreciated!

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I'll always advise a commercial product and this one is free.
Veeam Endpoint Protection does a lot for free.
https://www.veeam.com/endpoint-backup-free.html

Windows 10 has a backup solution baked in that also does image backups
I've not used it, but it is in there.
You can search it from the Windows 10 menu.

Its been spoken about here
http://newforum.minasi.com/post/win-10-backup-8393494?highlight=backup&pid=1294652506

If you want some code to zip some files, this is some crude powershell I use to move reports around the place

Code:

# file Move
#
# Zip all reports
# Delete all reports
# Move Zip report from Reporting Folder to Archive Folder

# Zip a file in Powershell
$ZipFileName = "Reports-{0:yyyyMMdd-HHmm}.zip" -f (Get-Date)
$Source = "E:\Reporting\Reports" # Source Folder
$Destination ="E:\Archive\Reports\$ZipFileName" # Destination folder
Add-Type -assembly "system.io.compression.filesystem"
[io.compression.zipfile]::CreateFromDirectory($Source, $Destination)
# Delete Files in Source Folder
cd $Source
remove-item *.xls
#remove-item *.txt
#remove-item *.7z


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"Windows 10 has a backup solution baked in that also does image backups
I've not used it, but it is in there.
You can search it from the Windows 10 menu."

I've used it often in the past; it does decent job and is easy to restore files or complete system.  Unfortunately, however, it DOES NOT provide a "Bare Metal" capability, consequently a full restore can only be performed on identical hardware.  This can be a real problem for recovering from a disaster.

I'm now using Veeam, as recommended by wobble_wobble, which does, in fact, provide that capability.  The product is easy to use, provides a universal restore capability, and, best of all, it's free.

I now recommend it very highly; thanks wobble_wobble!

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With Veeam, can you exclude directories?  Since the boot drive is an SSD, I not only have my OS there, but I store game files (Steam, etc) as well.  I don't need those backed up as those are easily reinstalled.  Would hate to waste backup space with them...
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I Haven't tried it, but I'd be very surprised if you couldn't.

Personally I prefer to do full system backups using two separate HDDs that I rotate weekly between my on site safe and my bank safe deposit box.  I've found that a full restore is a whole lot simpler and quicker to restore (about 10min on a TB drive) than hunting around the backup for specific files to restore, although I have done that on a few rare occasions.

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With Veeam, can you exclude directories?  Since the boot drive is an SSD, I not only have my OS there, but I store game files (Steam, etc) as well.  I don't need those backed up as those are easily reinstalled.  Would hate to waste backup space with them...


Yes you can select what you backup.
The backup can run slower because of that.

But as stated and something I'll agree with, backup the whole machine, its easier/ safer.
You may at a later stage add in a new folder, and forget to back the new folder.
This way you get the lot.

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