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I thing paths containing spaces should be enclosed in double quotes ("path"). It is best in the future to avoid spaces and most symbols.
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Originally Posted by ddietz;15363177 
I thing paths containing spaces should be enclosed in double quotes ("path"). It is best in the future to avoid spaces and most symbols.

This is correct. Put quotes around paths that have spaces in them. C:\My Documents ==> "C:\My Documents\"
Edited by GasMan320 - 11/12/11 at 3:48pm
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Well turns out it didn't like the backslash at the end. I had this:

Code:
shadowspawn D:\\Laptop\\ Q: Robocopy Q:\\ "N:\\My Computer\\backup\\Laptop\\" /E /LOG:N:\\BackupLog.txt
It didn't work, so on a hunch I removed the backslash at the end of "Laptop" to this:

Code:
shadowspawn D:\\Laptop\\ Q: Robocopy Q:\\ "N:\\My Computer\\backup\\Laptop" /E /LOG:N:\\BackupLog.txt
This worked flawlessly now, so just another thing for everyone to look for.

Now that I've finally gotten this to work (first +rep for you guys helping), I wanted to mention a couple of initial observations. First, this tool is very helpful if you want to back up files from multiple folders on your computer without having to remember which folder to look for to back up each time you do it. For instance, if you want to back up your music folder in My Documents, but also the folder where your Outlook database is stored, and everything on your desktop, it's an easy way to do it each time since it remembers all the locations for you.

Second seems to be my only beef about this so far. It appears that this backup method doesn't take any less time for the actual back up time. I tested with a small folder to compare. The folder and contents were 334kb and took about a second to copy with the traditional copy and paste. With robocopy, I timed it to be about 13 seconds. I'm starting to wonder if this will be problematic when I start looking at my work files with multiple folders where each folder is several GB's of info. The amount of time for it to complete a back up with large folders may be more than I can handle.
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Originally Posted by DrC;15363521 
Well turns out it didn't like the backslash at the end. I had this:
Code:
shadowspawn D:\Laptop\ Q: Robocopy Q:\ "N:\My Computer\backup\Laptop\" /E /LOG:N:\BackupLog.txt

It didn't work, so on a hunch I removed the backslash at the end of "Laptop" to this:
Code:
shadowspawn D:\Laptop\ Q: Robocopy Q:\ "N:\My Computer\backup\Laptop" /E /LOG:N:\BackupLog.txt

This worked flawlessly now, so just another thing for everyone to look for.

Now that I've finally gotten this to work (first +rep for you guys helping), I wanted to mention a couple of initial observations. First, this tool is very helpful if you want to back up files from multiple folders on your computer without having to remember which folder to look for to back up each time you do it. For instance, if you want to back up your music folder in My Documents, but also the folder where your Outlook database is stored, and everything on your desktop, it's an easy way to do it each time since it remembers all the locations for you.

Second seems to be my only beef about this so far. It appears that this backup method doesn't take any less time for the actual back up time. I tested with a small folder to compare. The folder and contents were 334kb and took about a second to copy with the traditional copy and paste. With robocopy, I timed it to be about 13 seconds. I'm starting to wonder if this will be problematic when I start looking at my work files with multiple folders where each folder is several GB's of info. The amount of time for it to complete a back up with large folders may be more than I can handle.

The beauty of Robocopy is not the time it will take to copy the first time, but the time it will take to copy every time after that! smile.gif Robocopy is a little slow on its first go, but if you remove the /LOG flag, it does seem to go quite a bit faster. However, after your first backup is made, Robocopy will only update files that have changed or been newly added, so after the first run, it should be much faster for you. It took me about 3.5 hours to backup 365GB the first time but now it only figures out what changed and copies/deletes that. My computer wakes up at midnight for about 5-10 minutes and then goes back to sleep. smile.gif
Edited by GasMan320 - 11/12/11 at 3:48pm
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The beauty of Robocopy is not the time it will take to copy the first time, but the time it will take to copy every time after that! Robocopy is a little slow on its first go, but if you remove the /LOG flag, it does seem to go quite a bit faster. However, after your first backup is made, Robocopy will only update files that have changed or been newly added, so after the first run, it should be much faster for you. It took me about 3.5 hours to backup 365GB the first time but now it only figures out what changed and copies/deletes that. My computer wakes up at midnight for about 5-10 minutes and then goes back to sleep.
Same here, I just have mine set for every night as well, but at 2:15 lol. Wake up and everything is updated. Even when i run it in the day it only take a few seconds to a few minutes to update 3 different drives.
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Sean,

How come you don't use ShadowSpawn?
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Sean,

How come you don't use ShadowSpawn?
Should I? lol

I haven't the need for it. What are the benefits?
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The beauty of Robocopy is not the time it will take to copy the first time, but the time it will take to copy every time after that! Robocopy is a little slow on its first go, but if you remove the /LOG flag, it does seem to go quite a bit faster. However, after your first backup is made, Robocopy will only update files that have changed or been newly added, so after the first run, it should be much faster for you. It took me about 3.5 hours to backup 365GB the first time but now it only figures out what changed and copies/deletes that. My computer wakes up at midnight for about 5-10 minutes and then goes back to sleep.
I hope so. I just tested it again with the same 334kb folder by adding a small text file to see how fast it would go to copy over added files and it still took about 13 seconds to compute it all. Again, that file would normally take a second to copy and paste, so it seems like it takes it a little time for it to compute which files are updated.
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Should I? lol

I haven't the need for it. What are the benefits?
I think you should definitely use it. It makes sure that you're actually copying over everything you tell Robocopy to copy over. If you have any open or locked files in any of the folders that you have Robocopy set to run on, Robocopy isn't going to be able to access them. ShadowSpawn makes it work just like Windows backup (and other paid backup solutions) by shadowing that volume before initiating the robocopy command on it.
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I think you should definitely use it. It makes sure that you're actually copying over everything you tell Robocopy to copy over. If you have any open or locked files in any of the folders that you have Robocopy set to run on, Robocopy isn't going to be able to access them. ShadowSpawn makes it work just like Windows backup (and other paid backup solutions) by shadowing that volume before initiating the robocopy command on it.
Ah, ok. I'll set that up tomorrow then.
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