Syncing thumb drive

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by Wendy, Sep 3, 2014.

  1. Wendy

    Thread Starter Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    OK, this is probably a dumb question, but I need to know how.

    I have a 8 gig thumb drive I keep my working files, both 3D printer stuff and PaintCAD, as backups and transport. I would like to keep the files current with my HD. Are there simple commands in Win7 to do this? I suspect there are.

    I don't want to rewrite my entire file set every time, I would like to make this thumb drive last.
  2. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
  3. joeyd999

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jun 6, 2011
    Consider Git.
  4. JohnInTX


    Jun 26, 2012
    Consider using XCOPY in a CMD window. Type XCOPY /? in a DOS command window to get a list of switches like overwrite only newer files,only files that exist etc. When you are happy, put the commands in a .BAT file and put a shortcut to that on the desktop.

    Its crude, I'll admit, and your backup will not delete files that no longer exist in the source directory but you get real copies of your files that are not compressed with some proprietary (gone next year) format.

    That said, I've been very impressed with Acronis True Image and Backup that I use on the laptops.

    I wouldn't worry about the life of the thumb drive. You should back up to multiple physical drives anyway.
  5. Brownout

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2012
  6. tom_s


    Jun 27, 2014
    not a dumb question :)

    rather than copy, you'd like to sync the files? mem stick to hdd and vice versa?

    i'm working on the assumption, you take the work home, play there, update and take back to work.

    edit: i'm not partial to ms products though synctoy may do exactly what you want, personally i use cobian backup
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014
  7. sirch2

    Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    Personally I use XCOPY as suggested above. Write a little batch file that does a 2-way copy of newer files, which can be done with the /d switch So the batch file xcopy's newer files from the thumb drive to the HDD and then xcopy's newer files from the HDD to the thumb drive. One nice feature of XCOPY is that you can provide it with a list of files and folders to exclude so if temporary files and the like you can exclude them and speed up the copy.
  8. BMorse

    Senior Member

    Sep 26, 2009
    SyncToy would be your best bet, SyncToy provides a fairly user-friendly interface to navigate, and should pose no difficulty to anyone familiar with Windows. and it works with XP, Vista and 7.
  9. bertus


    Apr 5, 2008
  10. Wendy

    Thread Starter Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    I tried SyncToy, I'll probably stick with it. It does have one minor problem, once it is logged into a thumb drive it doesn't want to let go! I have to pull the thumbdrive off while it is active, as the disconnect feature in windows doesn't work anymore.

    Thanks for the input everyone, it was helpful.
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