Excellent Free Software for Selective File Copying and Backup
When I bought a Western Digital USB External Hard disk drive last year, I had two planned usage for it: One, to selectively back up my important files from the internal Hard disk drive of my PC and two, to use it as a standby, external booting device for my PC.
My second plan of booting Windows Operating System from my external Hard disk fizzled out almost immediately because I learnt only later (foolishly, after purchasing the Hard disk!) that neither Windows OS (XP or Vista) supports booting from External USB hard disk drive, nor does the External Hard disk manufacturer offer any support for the purpose!
(If you want to know why such booting facility is not possible or difficult for a common PC user, read this article: Can you boot from external hard disk?).
However, the first purpose of backing up my important files periodically in the external Hard disk was natural and obvious except for one head ache. I wanted to copy only such of those files, that mostly lie in some specific directories (like my Word documents, Excel Spreadsheets, Autocad drawings, Photoshop pictures, odd videos and plenty of photos taken from my Canon and Kodak digital cameras).
And some of my “most wanted” copying features were as follows:
a) I should be able to copy all my newly created files (subsequent to previous backup)
b) I should be able to re-copy such of those previously backed up files too that have been edited subsequently. (In other words, old files, that have either changed in size or changed in date stamp)
c) I should be able to “remember” such of those limited directories in my internal hard disk (from where I normally copy the files) and transfer them to “equivalent” directories in the external hard disk without bothering to look afresh for them each time.
You may all know already that with the standard file copying facility built in the “Windows Explorer”, such copying activities cannot be done in one go. It is painful to go through the various filtering techniques to segregate the specific files that fit into the above criteria and do the copying.
So, I started my search for a good (and free) file copying utility that will meet my needs. After evaluating several utilities, I was lucky to end up with this specific “FastCopy” utility that is being offered by the Japanese developer H.Shirouzu free of cost.
I installed the software and I am extremely happy to testify that it is quite a nice, handy and simple-to-use utility that I would gladly recommend to others.
Though, the user interface of the software is not too good, the best part of the software is that its default settings are just good enough for you to start using the software straight away.
Please have a look at the screen shot of the FastCopy software below:
In the “Source” box, you select the source directory (folder) from where you want to copy your files.
- In the “DestDir” box, you select the specific directory (folder) to which you want to copy the files. Remember: If you want to copy files only to the destination directory, you should remove the “\” at the end. If you want to copy the source directory too, then you can retain the “\”.
- At the right side, select “diff size/date” (It is the default).
- Now click the “list” button. It will list all the NEW files and all the old files (already copied last time) that have either changed in size or date.
- Satisfy yourself by looking at the list that those are the ones you want to copy. Now, click the execute button and the files get copied very fast.
- Just a small single zip (195 kb) file contains all that you want to install.
- Easy to install, easy to use, fast to copy.
- Several “fine tuning” options to do the copying exercise (read help).
- Free to use. (You have the option to donate money, if you so desire!)
Try the FastCopy Software now. Download.