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EVACopy - stands for EVACuate and Copy - is a backup program that has versioning and easy restoration in mind.
EVACopy is designed by a sys.admin, for sys.admins, although ideal for home users too. It's simple to configure and deploy onto multiple workstations. It's completely portable - no setup is required, no administrative privileges, no messing around with system files or the registry, no need for Java, .NET, or any other system component preinstalled. Unless a severe error occurs, the end-user notices nothing but a tray icon. Results of multiple backup jobs can be easily examined. Restoration procedures are as simple as they come.
A lot has been said about the importance of keeping backups, but versioning means that apart from an exact copy of your recent contents, you also keep all earlier versions of files and folders that were modified or deleted.
In a nutshell, that's how it works:
The source folder is "C:\User\Docs". The destination folder is "F:\Backup\Docs"
The file "C:\User\Docs\Accounting\Income\January.xls" was backup-up yesterday, and the yesterday copy is "F:\Backup\Docs\Accounting\Income\January.xls"
Today, the file "C:\User\Docs\Accounting\Income\January.xls" was updated.
Today is January 23rd, 2007. The time is 5:10 pm. EVACopy creates the path "F:\Backup\Docs\_EVAC\2007-01-23-17-10".
EVAcopy detects that the file "January.xls" was modified recently, and moves the file: from "F:\Backup\Docs\Accounting\Income",
The yesterday copy is now:
After the evacuation, the folder "F:\Backup\Docs\Accounting\Income" does not contain any file named "January.xls".
After the evacuation of all modified files was completed, EVACopy copies the updated file: "C:\User\Docs\Accounting\Income\January.xls"
To: "F:\Backup\Docs\Accounting\Income\January.xls", resulting in an identical contents of both source and destination folders,
plus the earlier version of the file, as:
EVACopy works with command-line parameters and/or a settings file, with many control features. To get started, follow the simple example in the Quick Start Guide.
Also, EVACopy can remain resident, and perform backup jobs automatically.
To make a full use of EVACopy features, read the manual. The manual has in-depth explanations and examples about how EVACopy works, the settings file, command-line parameters and exit codes, batch file integration, log file, best practices, and plenty more very neat stuff indeed !
Manual and Quick Start Guide are included in the archive available for download.