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Topic # 157589 5-Dec-2014 15:00
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Hi all,
Just a quick one... after some recommendations for some software to do automatic archiving.

I just want to to simply shift a bunch of files from one folder to another after the files have been there for a set amount of time.

There seems to be many many options so after recommendations of ones you have used personally and know to work well.

Freeware is preferred but if there is a really really good one then I would pay. 

Oh and for Windows..

Thanks in advance,
Sam

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  Reply # 1189413 5-Dec-2014 15:46
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Robocopy is built in to Windows 7 or newer - this link has a good summary of some of the switches - it has loads of switches but these may do what you need:

 

         /MAXLAD:n : MAXimum Last Access Date - exclude files unused since n.

 

/MINLAD:n : MINimum Last Access Date - exclude files used since n.

 

(If n < 1900 then n = n days, else n = YYYYMMDD date).



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  Reply # 1189517 5-Dec-2014 17:10
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Robocopy isn't exactly archiving, it's a nice copying tool. Do you also want to verify/validate your backups, with some error checking and correction? Do you want differential backups for file versions, and to prevent a corrupt master file corrupting a backup?




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  Reply # 1189527 5-Dec-2014 17:39
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timmmay: Robocopy isn't exactly archiving, it's a nice copying tool. Do you also want to verify/validate your backups, with some error checking and correction? Do you want differential backups for file versions, and to prevent a corrupt master file corrupting a backup?


It just needs to simply move a folder's contents to a new location. I sort of expected that if file (or folder) names were the same I would be able to just tell it to overwrite.

It's not for a backup per se, it is just to get stuff 'out of the way' once it reaches a certain age.

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  Reply # 1189528 5-Dec-2014 17:41
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Robocopy should be pretty good for you then :)




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  Reply # 1189531 5-Dec-2014 17:47
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timmmay: Robocopy should be pretty good for you then :)


Sweet. Will give that link a read!!

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  Reply # 1189534 5-Dec-2014 17:54
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right then! Here is a short batch file using robocopy that creates 3 rolling backups in folders one, two and three, moves any files older than 100 days, creates a log file so you can see what happened (stick the batch file in the c:\scripts folder with a marker file called backupday-one.txt)

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/13118141/archive.cmd

Obviously use at your own risk and test before any live data gets touched!!! (-:

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