HI, i want to make a backup just like copying the files, not in data volumes, is this possible? i dont like that 50mb chunk or data volumes, it is not about the 50mb size, its about i cant access files without restoring… dont want an workaround to access files, just want to make a backup-copy.
Duplicati only gives you its full features per Introduction in the manual. You want only one copy, or do you have enough space at the destination for many copies? That’s one of the first pains that Duplicati solves.
What OS, and what destination? Duplicati can’t do what you want, but maybe someone will have an idea.
Another free system, Cobian, has produced a product that does what the OP requested. We use it all systems. It will do a simple copy to either SMB or FTP site. No need to restore, just go over and grab the file. Why looking now?? The engine hasn’t been updated for awhile and looking for something more compatible with Win 10 and Server. But it’s a simple proceure Duplicati really need to get in their mix.
Not sycronization, missing the point. One way file copy is what’s needed. Copy to various backups just like the compression systems do, but without the need to use a special program to retrieve. Mystifying why not
FBackup although it looks like the free program would have to use SMB instead of FTP. SyncBack Free can do Backup, mirror, basic sync and restore. Paid versions do more. Karen’s Replicator is quite simple.
Duplicati has a deduplication engine at its core, which allows you to store many, many backup snapshot versions while using minimal space. This is inherently incompatible with backup methods that keep files in native format, which is what you’re looking for.
Yes, I’m yelling…FILE SYNC IS NOT WHAT IS BEING ASKED FOR…
Quite simply then the oldest does the best. Cobian will do simplE copy to both FTP and SMB. Been using it for years. But wanting to update so something more Win10 compatible. It does multiple schedules, logs, etc. Will encrypt if needed or send to zip, very versatile and absolutely free.
We are in the position to pay 25-50 for a program to work that is up to date, doesn’t have to be free, but apparently everyone wants to reinvent the wheel.
Close this thread as apparently few understand the true needs of simple backups.
Please read what I wrote. You asked for copy. I pointed you to several. What do you consider different between what you asked for (copy), and copy suggestions that I spent quite a bit of time trying to find?
Please clarify what you see as the difference between
which is going one-way. Typically a copy doesn’t sync deletes, but the programs I cited don’t have to.
Software development is difficult. Duplicati is still in Beta, with efforts on fixes and stability, not features.
Asking for a completely new design to be added on the old one is roughly like asking for a new product.
It’s not your thread to close, and I think the information in it will be useful to people who will consider it.
I think you can delete your own post, if you wish. I’m sorry about Cobian, but we won’t likely reinvent it.
Possibly either its new owner or the original author Luis Cobian (see my link above) will do something.
More options, courtesy of a Google search. Programs keeping native format are scarce, but they exist.
Commonly the program calls file copying “sync”, but sometimes the program focus is “backup”, e.g. in
Viewing and managing data backed up in native file format
File History in Windows for the simple built-in solution. Files are copied, but the names hold the dates, meaning it’s not quite grab-to-restore, but you shouldn’t have to worry about unreadable fancy formats.
There is also special handling of long paths because of Windows restriction on maximum path length.
Finally, it wasn’t very reliable for me, but that might be because it preferred an always-on share server.
There are many ways of doing backups. A long time ago I backed up to 7-zip files and then used FTP
onto a different PC. A .bat script helped set up the 7-zip includes and excludes. That was for disaster protection. If not a disaster, you get compression advantage and local restore, e.g. using File Explorer.
Such methods still exist, e.g. the below, though it’s not exactly a file copy, it does use standard format:
I’m pretty sure that some commercial backup systems have File Explorer integration, if that’s enough.
There are traadeoffs between native or standard formatting, space efficiency, multiple versioning, etc.
For those who don’t mind a single-version backup (which can be enhanced at net destination with a versioned backup by a sysadmin), plain old robocopy can do that and some GUIs exist, for example RoboMirror which looks kind of dusty. I found some other dusty attempts at robocopy GUIs as well…
Anybody else have a suggestion? Just as in code, test, support, etc., Duplicati needs volunteer help.