I just recently bought a new External HDD 2.5″ for backup purpose (Fuzitsu SATA 2.5″ 250gb with SOHO as Its enclosure/case). New HDD seems perform fine.🙂
For backup software I choose Comodo Backup because it’s free, simple, and yet pretty powerful.
In this tutorial I will demonstrate how to perform a simple backup on a whole of my D:\ Drive and I will use Comodo Backup v22.214.171.1247 (if you find newer version, please use that).
The Backup Steps :
- Download Comodo Backup from http://backup.comodo.com/
- Install and restart your computer (I also noticed that Comodo backup can run without a restart however you will not get his service up – To be careful, a restart is recommended)
- After restart open your newly installed Comodo Backup
We will add a new backup job to copy a whole of D:\ drive (see picture below)
Ok Lets begin, first press “New Backup” button (or Ctrl+N for the short cut)
After New Backup window open, Put a name for this backup and press “Add Item” à “Folder“. For the backup Mode, I choose “Copy with deleting other than source files”. That’s mean that when the backup is performed, Comodo Backup will compare files then delete all files that exist on the Backup Folder which already deleted on source folder. (I need to create an exact copy of my source folder). For the other mode, please view Comodo Manual.
On the “Select Source Folder” window, select drive D:\ as the source (You can open folder browser by clicking the folder button on the right of the text box. Make sure that “Include Subfolder” selected.
Next Press Exclude folder (there are some folders that need to be excluded such as System Volume Information and Recycler). After “List of Excluded Folder” window has open, press the add button and add two exclusions (D:\Recycler and D:\System Volume Information). Press “Ok” when done.
Next we will exclude some files such as “thums.db” (this file is used for thumbnail cache, usually just taking up spaces on our backup drive). Press folder browser on the Exclude Mask’s Text Box (see picture).
Add A new filter and put “Thumbs.db” on both of the text box and press ok. You will have a new Filter as shown in picture below. Don’t forget to put a checkmark on the Filter. Press OK when done.
New Filter is defined. If you want to set filter by file type or file size, then use can use advanced button.
Done with “Select
source folder”, press OK to return to New Backup window.
Next we will set the destination folder (where to copy the files). On my case, it would be on my Local Disk of “H:\D”, feel free to set to other location.
- Ok Done, we already have a good backup job here. If you looking for compression setting or files versioning, you can get it on Option tabs however for this tutorial, I will leave that as is. Press OK to back to main window.
Now we will run the backup, Right Click on the Backup Job that just has been created and Choose “Run Backup“. Get a cup of coffee and some cookies while the backup is performing🙂
My Recommendations for Comodo Backup Developer (also may be these are bugs)
- To ease creating a backup job, may be Comodo Backup Developer should build a wizard interface. (It’s much easier for novice)
If you have some files with ASIAN text as its file name then It won’t get copied, instead you will got an error message such as below:
If you want to backup Two Drives (For example D:\ and E:\ on my case) then SPLIT THE JOB INTO TWO – One for D:\ and the other for E:\.
If you try to put both of the job into one job such as these (see picture below), you will end up with only contents from drive E is copied. Comodo first will copy all contents from D:\ after done, COMODO WILL DELETE ALL FILES that recently copied on Backup Folder before copying all files from E:\. I once become victim of this (when I realize that the log show that some files deletion is performed).