XCOPY backup

posted on 27th of april, 2010

Deleting data accidentally or due to a hardware failure no matter how it occurs, the worst thing which might happen is to loose our files.

Therefore I want to share my favorite backup method with you.

I personally use an external disk to back up my work but you can use something else such as an internal one or another computer in your network or maybe a flash or usb memory...
Whatever you choose as destination, there is a simple and speedy way of backup your files. Yes , I am telling you the XCOPY..

Here how it works;

Open a notepad page. ( start > run > notepad and click OK )

Here is the syntax ;


here is mine ;


means ;

my source is D:PHOTOWORKS* , ( * means every file inside )

my backup destination is H:MYBACKUP

and options

/s for copy subfolders and folders
/i for assuming the destination is a folder
/y for suppressing prompt to confirm overwriting a file

and save your file as backup.bat since it is a batch file.

You may ask why you do not simply copy and paste your files manually. Sure you can. But if you make a batch backup file like I mention here, you can schedule it for a later use.

( Control Panel > Scheduled Tasks )

Describe a scheduled task which includes running your batch file first and than shutting down your computer while you are sleeping or doing something else.


Since I work till late night this gives me another half an hour to nap.

Thanks for reading

Serdar Tibet

Comments (7)

Posted by Almaterra on April 28, 2010
Thank you for your informations!
Posted by Mariaam on April 27, 2010
Thank you for sharing this!
Posted by Frantab01 on April 27, 2010
thanks for sharing :)
Posted by Egomezta on April 27, 2010
Thanks for the tip....
Posted by smartview27 on April 27, 2010
Great idea, Serdar! Thanks!
Posted by Davulcu on April 27, 2010
Mani you can back up spesific folders and can also owerwrite the ex data. There are also some software like Sync 2.0 which you can use.
Posted by Mani33 on April 27, 2010
Great patch tip Serdar! Thanks for sharing! :)
I do the manual to be honest because I don't want to fill my external disk with everything I do middle way! So I backup the final art with the layers needed etc... Cheers ;)

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