My main drive on laptop keeps filling up so I take a backup on a USB and delete the original files. But then I find myself getting (downloading or getting from someone else) files that I already have backed-up but couldn't recall at the moment.
So is there a way I can keep a 0-byte file with the same name as teh backed-up copy so that when I'm asked whether to overwrite the existing file, I can easily choose no knowing I probably have this file already in the backup.
EDIT: better yet, replace with a shortcut(.lnk) on the external drive so I can access the files hassle free and not get any errors because of 0-byte files being accidentally opened.
somewhat solution: There's no software or utility that does this automatically I think. I'm just writing out procedure I found best to solve my issue for reference.
- Backup the home drive (D:) onto Backup drive (E:)
- Delete any and all files you don't want from D now that they're "back-ed up".
- Use ShellExView to create SymbolicLinkClone of both (D:) and (E:) in separate folders "d" and "e" in (D:)
I've found that you can copy over (overwrite) the contents of the folder "d" onto "e" but not onto (D:).
- So overwrite "e" with "d" and copy what you can from "d" to (D:).
I guess it'll be more involved than this for future backups though.
This isn't reliable it seems.