There are some features EVACopy does not support, which may come in handy at times.
These features are best handled by complementary software products, either in-house or 3rd-party.
This page lists several features and programs. All programs are freeware and portable.
This list is nothing but a suggestion - and a free promotion - for programs that I have found to be useful. Although I am using them, I can't guarantee they'll work for you the same.
TLPD - too long paths detector
Everything - search and indexing engine
FileDigger - selective search tool
LaRVe - advanced restore tool
TrueCrypt - encrypt your backup
WinSCP - upload your backup to FTP server
TLPD (Too Long Paths Detector) is designed to tackle the 'path name too long' issue. Windows operating systems have a path length limit of 255 characters, and it can't handle files and folders beyond that length. Unfortunately, Windows does enable you to create them, so you may end up with inaccessible files!
TLPD scans the directory tree, looking for files and folders with full path name longer than a specified threshold, and alerts the user. For system administrators, TLPD can also work in silent mode, with the results stored in a log file. TLPD is, of course, completely portable.
TLPD is an in-house development. Although it was designed as a complementary product for the EVACopy project, it's very useful as a standalone program as well.
TLPD website: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tlpd
The web page has direct download link to the executable, and in the "Files" tab you can find the ReadMe and the source. Although no longer needed - since EVACopy v22.214.171.124 fully supports too long paths - TLPD is still included in EVACopy main download archive.
Everything is a file indexing and search program. It's here to assist you in the process of restoring files from the evacuation history.
The easiest restore procedure is simple - use Windows built-in search engine to search through the evacuation folder. the search results window lists all earlier versions of the file(s) you searched for, you only need to select the one you want.
However, sometimes it's not enough. Let's say you have some files by the same name in different folders, e.g. ..\john\letter.doc & ..\smith\letter.doc . In this case, searching for earlier versions of "letter.doc" produces results for both john's and smith's files (and maybe others), while you may be interested in john's letter only.
Windows search can't search for all files ..\john\letter.doc, but Everything can.
Everything website: http://www.voidtools.com
Note: Everything supports local NTFS volumes only, and requires administrative privileges. This is why the selective search feature was also developed as the in-house project of LaRVe.
FileDigger is a selective search tool. It is replaced by LaRVe, but still available for download.
LaRVe is an in-house development. Its purpose is to provide the user with a clear view of the files and their history in the backup folder. With LaRVe, it's very easy to locate and restore files from the backup. LaRVe is shown in the screenshots page.
LaRVe works with evacuation folders created by EVACopy; unlike TLPD, it's not a stand-alone program. LaRVe is included in EVACopy main download archive.
TrueCrypt is an encryption program that creates virtual encrypted volumes, which are usable just like local drives.
you may want to use TrueCrypt if your destination folder is on a network resource that other people may have access to, or on a USB disk drive that might get stolen or lost.
Sadly, TrueCrypt has apparently "pulled a Lavabit", and is no longer officially maintained. However, to my best assessment, it is still the most trustworthy encryption solution out there. There are several initiatives dedicated to TrueCrypt continuum, most notable is linked hereunder:
TrueCrypt (alternative) website: truecrypt.ch
Use WinSCP to backup your destination folder (including the evacuation history) to FTP server. EVACopy does not support direct connection to FTP server because it's too slow to backup to, and too complex to restore from. If you think that off-site backup by FTP is needed, use EVACopy regularly, and use WinSCP on a less frequent basis.
WinSCP website: http://winscp.net