I'm on Windows 7, and since me trusty HP TM2 is now getting a wee bit old, I'm looking at making sure all my files and important shizzle is backed up. Just in case. *touch wood*
Now, before I start with my question and plea for help, two very important considerations: 1) I am a postgraduate student and haz zero budget for specialised software to make my life happy and easy and 2) the aforementioned postgraduate student thing? Yeah my files from my first 12 months are everywhere. Thankfully my second year I had the brainwave of using a seperate USB drive and the cloud to enforce some order on my crazy :P
So what I'm looking to do is:
Copy files from
- 6x Librarys folders
- Downloads... this has shamefully reached double digits in GB size
- My Documents
- Google Drive folder (local)
- Dropbox folder (local)
- Wherever the heck Lightroom keeps its digital negative files (i still have never found this folder, and save a copy of photos to a library called "Photography")
- Settings folder from various software, eg custom brushes from Photoshop
- ANY .exe files for installations I have done (lots of specialised software used for my work)
- ANY .pdf .doc .docx .xls .xlsx, etc files that might be hiding somewhere foolish, such as my C: folder
- checking my D drive (HP's auto recovery partition) for any files that might be floating around there
- Ripping everything from two USB drives which I'll have plugged into my TM2
- probably gonna be a good idea to copy dat Recycle Bin and Temp folder too - just in case.
My best thought is a customised BAT file and an external harddrive/USB big enough. My crazy dream would be to have some sort of sorting rules written in my BAT cmds, so that I can dump files into some premade folders on the HDD/USB, rather than having to manually spend a few days of my life dragging and dropping. I can probably filter by file type combined with dates of creation.
My questions to GeekZoners are.... would this filter part work? How do I write this (i have experience in copying with DOS and the commands, so I know the copying would be possible) and more importantly, how do I not cock the filtering up. Finally, do I need to be anal about capital letters and underscores from my file naming system?
Ideally, I would like the copied files to retain their property data such as date created, date last edited/accessed, for photos EXIF data etc, so that the files remain searchable not only on the external HDD/USB but also my future computer if/when my TM2 gives up the ghost.
Hoping someone experienced might be able to help me out with some kind advice, as my programming and IT skills have taken a back bench for 3 years while doing postgrad (in neurosci)