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What's the easiet way to perform an incremental/differential backup to a network share in Windows?

Does a Robocopy/Xcopy solution work reasonably well (I need to the parameters!) or is there a good free tool out there that simplifies the management?

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You should provide more details such as if you want files to be accessible individuals, or can the incrementals be in a single proprietary backup file which you can only access through the backup software. – Sun Nov 5 '14 at 16:38

How about SyncToy? It's free and has a nice GUI.

It can easily copy just the changed files to a server.

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I use Bvckup. It's easier than installing Cygwin for rsync to implement my own version of the JWZ backup strategy.

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Rather than just posting a link could you at least provide some information on why your suggested tool is the best for the job. – Mokubai Mar 28 '11 at 11:42
Bvckup (the last beta is free) has the ability to move changed or deleted files to a hidden archive directory. You configured Bvckup to purge old files after a number of days. If you want to keep them changed files for 30 days, you mark the option for 30 days. Its a great tool and a simple way to control versions, especially for documents. – Sun Nov 5 '14 at 16:37

I use Areca:

It is free and very easy to use. I hope it works for you.

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Awesome, that's exactly the kind of tool I was looking for! – Alienfluid Aug 30 '09 at 21:39

I use rsync on my Mac. If you installed cygwin you would be able to use it.

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SyncBack is a great free option for incremental/differential backup. It has a great GUI and is similar to rsync. You can download it at CNET.

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I was used to Linux stuff, but then for Windows I first tried Duplicity, running through Python under Cygwin, but then with latest versions there were some problems reports.

Then I tried Duplicati. I've been testing it for some time now including encrypted restores and all seems to work very well – congrats to the developper great simple efficient tool.

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Left field solution. Use Dropbox to sync a folder from the desktop to the server.

Dropbox uses a kind of rsync algorithm to efficiently move data over a LAN, plus for free (up to 2GB) you get an offsite backup.

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