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How to backup traveling USB Drives

Posted on 2014-04-23
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I have a user who is a photographer.  When he travels he brings along usb drives that he loads up with photos.

When he returns to the office, he plugs in the USB drives and works on the photos while they are still on the USB drive..

I am looking for a way to automatically backup the USB drives to an NAS unit once they are plugged in.

The drives are 2T in size... so time for this to happen becomes an issue. I am thinking that a sync program might be more efficient as he rarely removes the data on the USB drive... just keeps adding new stuff until it is full... then moves on to a new USB drive.

Appreciate any suggestions for backup... or for methodology on his behalf to accommodate this.
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Question by:Tomster2
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by:Korbus
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I'll look some more, but I'm not sure you will be able to find sync/backup software to do this automatically when the USB drive is connected.  Would making the user click an icon on the desktop to initiate the synchronization be a viable option?
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Wow, that was faster to find than I expected:

http://safelyremove.com/
Though I have not used this software myself:  Apparently, this software will allow you to run another program when a USB drive is attached.  I doubt it will be able to detect if the CORRECT usb drive is attached, that's another matter entirely.  You could use this feature to run a third party backup program.

I'm partial to paragon backup. https://www.paragon-software.com/
An incremental backup will only copy new/changed files to the backup location.  Disadvantage to this software: the backup is NOT just a copy of the original files, rather they are stored in a backupfile, so you will need to use Paragon software to access/restore them.
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by:Tomster2
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I think that is in the right direction... somehow triggering the backup or sync.

We are using a program called www.AllWaySync.com which is really pretty handy. I have posted a request with them to see if they have a way to trigger the program.  They have a way to schedule one, but triggering is a cleaner way to go.

Will post back when I get their reply.

safelyremove looks like it would do the job... but will see if I can do it within the program we are using.
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by:Tomster2
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Received the reply... they do have a feature I was not aware of:


"Yes, Allway Sync has such features. You can use the "Bind to drive characteristics" feature that allows to recognize a removable drive by its characteristics regardless of a drive letter."

You can then connect that to a "job" and set to run automatically.

Will try that when the user returns.  

Thanks for the comments... you got me looking in the right direction and the program we use has a feature that I didn't know about (not the first time:-)
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