I've been using SecondCopy (220.127.116.11) on XP for a few years now to copy important files from one hard-disk to another.
One thing that bothers me is that it is unable to copy some files that are open. I assume Windows provides an API that allows an application to put an exclusive lock on an open file and backup utilities like SecondCopy just can't access them until they are closed.
As a result, since I have to close a bunch of files/applications for SecondCopy to complete successfully, I typically don't run SecondCopy regularly like I should... which pretty much beats the whole purpose of backing up data :-/
For those of you using a similar solution to back up your important file onto a second mass storage solution...
- Can you confirm that an open file can be set off-limit with an exclusive lock, and no backup solution will work with those?
- If you've tried SecondCopy and other solutions recently and you ended up using another solution, which one did you choose and why?
Thank you for any feedback.