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As a computer technician, I'm allways on the search for software which can make my work a little faster and more efficient.

Does anyone know software to make a backup of a mounted drive (as in connected usb cable or dock)

What I want is a (open-source or free-ware) program which can backup:

  1. documents (pictures, documents, music etc)
  2. e-mail (windows mail, outlook, outlook express etc

ps. backup image software is not an option as this software is mostly used for reinstalling a OS, so when making a image of a faulty computer is not good.

Any help would be great!


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Do you intent to modify or extend the program, or why are you asking for (possibly commercial) open source software? –  Daniel Beck Feb 3 '12 at 13:40
What's wrong with the Windows backup program? Or you could just use 7zip. –  psusi Feb 3 '12 at 14:37

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Try Clonezilla, I use this all the time for imaging drives, computers etc, it supports a million different functions and it is open source too. If you select basic settings you really cant go wrong with this one, or for more advanced stuff it supports it, it seems to do just about everything including multicast network cloning etc.

Another good one is EASEUS Partition Master. This one is free and is good for resizing partitions, copying partitions and backing up drives etc.

Another free one is Macrium Reflect Free Edition, this is not bad, not used it that much, but the time I had it did the job.

I have just noticed you want to backup just files rather than image the drive, you can use macrium reflect for this, other than that you would try using Microsoft's own SyncToy, all you do is tell it what you want to copy from on the left and what you want to copy to on the right, it will then copy or sync the contents of the folders from one to the other.

Another program you could try is this Syncback, this is similar to SyncToy.

Fbackup backs up emails, docs, etc, all the things you asked for really.

Last of all there is Paragon Backup and Recovery 2012, with this you can select what you want to backup and away you go.

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I have just amended my answer with other options as I just noticed this too. –  Iain Simpson Feb 3 '12 at 14:40
Great, thanks. I embedded the links so it's easier to read. –  slhck Feb 3 '12 at 14:48
Argh sorry, I may have just overwritten what you did as I just pasted in a load more programs. –  Iain Simpson Feb 3 '12 at 14:49
No worries, I merged that :) –  slhck Feb 3 '12 at 14:52

I think G4l will do what you want. I've used the software to make duplicate images of drives.

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I'm not looking for drive image software. Read the ps in my question please. –  Chris Feb 3 '12 at 15:26

Try DirSync Pro, it's an open source full featured offline backup program.

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