ZTree.com  | ZEN  | About...  

 Index   Back

[General] ZTW for Automated Backup?   [General]

By: Steven James       
Date: Sep 10,2016 at 04:37
In Response to: [General] ZTW for Automated Backup? (David Wall)

> > I'd like to perform fully-automated incremental backups of my
> > primary (C:) drive (excluding C:\Windows) every night at midnight.
> I'd
> > probably need to do this using a combination of scripts (.bat/.cmd),
> > macros, and invocation of the Windows scheduler. My intent is to
> > determine if this is feasible (or possible) using ZTW64.EXE. This
> will
> > probably necessitate exploiting ZTW's macro functionality for
> partially
> > logging the drive, performing an Alt-Compare against the destination,
> and
> > finally exercising an Alt-Copy operation for all tagged files
> > (unique/newer/size=differ) - then exit. Before I attempt this
> however, I
> > wonder if such a mechanism already exists? Suggestions in this regard
> > would be appreciated.
> >
> > If successful, I'd gladly share the resultant files for other to do
> > this.
> >
> > S.J.
> Such a mechanism does already exist - it's call Macrium Reflect &
> there's a free version that does all the above.
> Why on earth would you want to try & use Ztree for such a peculiar job.

Interesting question. I spend a lot of time in ZTW. When "Run as Admin", ZtreeWin can accomplish some real magic, fast. No need for proprietary software when all files are readily accessible. I use Paragon (poor choice) for image backups, and can usually extract data when necessary. But that hassle alone justifies my question, does it not?
Would I stake my life on image backups (especially incrementals)? I relied on Ghost for a critical restoration; ALL the backups were corrupted. Ghost CHOKED when I really needed it despite multiple archives (hence, Paragon). Why place confidence in yet another when nearly a million files are at stake? My DISTRUST with drive image software is the reason for my inquiry.
Given the ubiquity of terabyte drives, why not copy all data files incrementally? I can put some confidence in imaged system files -- or not. But data files? Not really.
Recording a macro should accomplish two thirds of this task. It's the *unattended* invocation and execution that I'm wondering about, and whether anyone has already done something like this. I can think of other uses for this kind of strategy.

Thread locked

Messages in this Thread

96,664 Postings in 12,235 Threads, 350 registered users, 190 users online (0 registered, 190 guests)
Index | Admin contact |   Forum Time: Jun 16, 2024 - 3:13 pm UTC  |  Hits:64,851,568  (61,628 Today )
RSS Feed