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Our SENCO woman has asked me if there was a way she could backup her External HDD to ...
22nd January 2013, 12:24 PM #1
XCopy or Robocopy?
Our SENCO woman has asked me if there was a way she could backup her External HDD to a folder as she now has a Deputy SENCO role that's not long been filled and they need to share files. She told me that at the other school she works at they gave her a batch file that just copies the drive to a directory somewhere. I knew about XCopy already, which is what I assumed she was on about, and was half-way doing the command line for it until I noticed there's also something called Robocopy.exe
So just asking: Which is better/which one should I use? I looked at the robocopy.exe /? and there's a great big list of flags compared to XCopy but I've got no idea which one I'd be better off using. If anybody can tell me I'd appreciate it, or if they know of any better solutions I'd appreciate that too.
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22nd January 2013, 12:32 PM #2
They're very similar, but Robocopy just gives you additional options as you mentioned. I'd suggest you use whatever solution you think is best.
22nd January 2013, 12:48 PM #3
Robocopy is more robust. It allows you to copy just differences and will work multi-threaded if you so desire.
22nd January 2013, 12:55 PM #4
Robocopy is much slower, because it is more robust.
Also (and this has no impact on xcopy vs robocopy) -- is that external disk encrypted? It needs to be if it contains SEN information about students.
22nd January 2013, 12:58 PM #5
warning XCOPY tends to fail (alot) with the error "not enough memory" if theres alot of DATA in my experience, best use robocopy, never let me down.
22nd January 2013, 01:00 PM #6
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22nd January 2013, 01:19 PM #7
Not strictly true... it depends upon what you are doing. Also, multiple threads tend to be quicker than one if your connection isn't saturated.
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