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I have a lot of files on my website right now, and I'd like to back them all up to my computer. I'm using Notepad++'s FTP plugin, and I was wondering if there was an easy way to mass backup everything, or if there is another free FTP program that would do this for me?

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Notepad++ is a text editor. Despite its FTP capability, it is not a backup program. –  grawity Feb 12 '11 at 21:21

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FileZilla is a great free opensource FTP client (and server). Windows has a built-in FTP client, which can be run from the command-line and scripted with batch files.

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What you really want is rsync and/or rdiff-backup. Set up a cronjob (or scheduled task in Windows, whatever) to do it automatically. It's very important to automate backups.

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