I'm looking for a simple backup/revision software that will monitor a folder for new changes and make a backup of newly modified files? I have a folder with some text files, a few Word/Excel files and I'd like to keep backup files of them when they're modified. (It's no more than 50 mb).

I'd like what Dropbox does but just locally (not to be stored on the cloud). Thank you.

Edit: I'm on Windows XP. And I'm looking for a freeware app, if possible.


For a simple solution you could:

1) run rsync out of a cron job on a regular basis.

2) use a version control system (like 'git' or 'svn') to track the files in the directory and check them in, which manages the version history well.

  • I'm on XP. I don't really want to bother with checking in files. Dropbox does exactly what I want, but I don't want to store anything online. – Gabe Feb 24 '11 at 16:14
  • Ah, you didn't specify XP in your original post. – Wes Hardaker Feb 24 '11 at 16:43
  • rsync would still work, btw, but it's a bit harder to automated on a regular schedule on XP. – Wes Hardaker Feb 24 '11 at 16:43
  • @WesHardaker Does rsync keep track of a folder's revision history (and does it make it possible to revert a folder to a previous version)? – Anderson Green Oct 28 '12 at 20:26
  • rsync doesn't, no, but that's what bullet #2 covered: how to do backups, etc, using a version control system. – Wes Hardaker Oct 29 '12 at 13:53

Microsoft has a free utility called SyncToy that's good for this sort of thing.

It can easily be scheduled to run at regular intervals with the system's Task Scheduler.

  • @Gabriel: FWIW, you can use SyncToy and Dropbox together in creative ways to implement a customized hybrid local+cloud backup strategy. – martineau Feb 25 '11 at 11:38

To answer my own question, I've found FileHamster to be very useful. It's commercial now but there's a older version out there that is free.

Edit: I got tired of the nagging messages on FileHamster and found AutoVer as a free alternative. The developer has recently returned to continue development of the project, with the possibility of making it open-source.


rdiff-backup you can use as a regular copy (to a local disk) or to a server. It copies only deltas (as rsync), but keeps versions with changes

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