How can I send many files to a USB drive at once?

Hi everyone

I have a group of about 20 files that I edit. These files are spread out across many different folders. I want to backup these files every few days. So far, I've been using a program called BurnQuick to do the backup to a CD-RW disc. The program allows me to add files to a Queue, and then, whenever I want to burn all the files listed in the Queue, to just tell BurnQuick the name of the queue that is should burn. (in other words, every time I want to burn those 20 files to a CD-RW disc, all I have to do is load the right Queue into BurnQuick, and tell it to burn the Queue to the disc.)

This has been working out well for me for years.

But I'm trying to avoid using CD-RW discs, since the CD Speed program shows me that after a few burns, the discs become less-and-less reliable. So for backup of large files and folders, I've been using USB drives. The transfer of data to USB drives is fast and reliable. But to backup those 20 files onto a USB drive would mean having to transfer them to the drive one by one, which is tedious. So I was wondering whether a program like BurnQuick exists that will work for a USB drive. In other words, I want a program that allows me to set up a list of all the files I want to transfer to the USB drive, so that all I'd have to do to make the transfer is tell the program the name of the list and click on some kind of "transfer" button.

I'm running on Windows 98SE

Thank you
shlomofu99Asked:
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RealityLordConnect With a Mentor Commented:
well, basically this type of script is very easy to write.
run notepad end enter fallowing text:

rem --script begin --
@echo off

copy "D:\Programs\RegSeeker\exclude.ini" "X:\ReegSeeker\exclude.ini" /y
rem repeat above step for any file that you want to copy

exit
rem --script end--

after entering text click on File -> Save as... -> Save as type (select: Any type) -> File name (enter name for your script eg. copier.BAT) and clik Save. It's important to notice that script extension must be either BAT or CMD (cmd is for windows 2000 and later, but on those you can use BAT too). Thats all.
Cheers.
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Aaron FeledyDrupal Developer and ConsultantCommented:
There are a few good programs that I have used. Microsoft makes a free one called SyncToy, and there is another one called Good Sync that works just as well. Check those out.
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nobusCommented:
try syncback (free) and very good :  http://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html
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shlomofu99Author Commented:
Thanks, guys, for your help

I downloaded both programs and neither downloads went well. Here's what happened:

With GoodSync, no matter what version I download from the 'net (i.e. with both recent versions and older versions), all I get when I run the install program is "this program cannot run on this version of Windows".

With regard to SyncBack, the program works, but it doesn't let me create a list of files to backup. I have to send each of the 20 files to my USB drive one at a time (i.e. the "profiles" it lets me create, can only store one item )

Did I miss something? Any other ideas?

Thanks very much
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nobusCommented:
can you assemble those files in 1 folder, and send that to syncback ?
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shlomofu99Author Commented:
no. If I could, I would use the Folder Match program that I already paid for. It is the same type of program as syncback.
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nobusCommented:
what no ? you can put any file in any folder imho ...
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shlomofu99Author Commented:
ok, I'll explain.

I have one file called
D:\Programs\RegSeeker\exclude.ini

This file has a list of all the filenames that I told RegSeeker to ignore if it finds problems in the registry. (I want these to be ignored because a problem in the registry is meaningless. For example, it doesn't matter if the last file I used in a given program no longe exists- it won't affect the functioning of the program. But RegSeeker gives me errors about it. So I tell RegSeeker to ignore the registry key that says "Recently used files", or whatever.

Another file is the Auto-correct list that I have for Word. As I add entries, the list grows.

All of the other 15 or so files are the same types of files. They are files that can't be moved. If I move the file
D:\Programs\RegSeeker\exclude.ini
then RegSeeker won't see it. Same goes if I move the file for Word's Autocorrect list. I'm sure you get the idea.

So now that I've explained things more, I hope you can see what my problem is.

Thanks
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RealityLordCommented:
hello.
you can try to create batch file to achieve this.

something like this:

@echo off

copy "D:\Programs\RegSeeker\exclude.ini" "X:\ReegSeeker\exclude.ini" /y
copy "Z:\some other path\other.file" "X:\some other path\other.file" /y

exit

where x: is your usb drive, any directory structure specified in destination part of batch script eg "X:\ReegSeeker" must exists on destination drive, and than, whenever you want to copy those files just run this script. Note, use quotes in source or destination paths if they contains any space. eg "C:\Program Files", you also can safely use quotes if paths don't contains any spaces. Like in example above.

Hope it helps.
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shlomofu99Author Commented:
Thanks

That was a very good idea. But since I've never written a batch file before, and I prefer to not spend time learning how to do so, I'm still hoping I could just get a program that would do the job for me. But you're right: If I can't get one, it will pay for me to learn how to write batch files, since I'm sure it would come in handy in the future.

So thanks for your input. For now, I'm waiting to see if someone else has an easier suggestion.
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shlomofu99Author Commented:
I see what you mean.

Thanks very much- you've solved my problem! I much appreciate it.

Regards
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nobusCommented:
and with my asking, and your explanation, you got your answer !
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