Currently, we use more and more websites, programs, ... and we store more and more files on our hard drives.
One part of them is very important for most of you and this is even more the case for programmers, developers, ... Indeed, the loss of a source code of a program or of a website can be catastrophic for its author. It's therefore important to make a backup of these data to have a copy in case of problems with your hard drive or your computer or in case of theft.
In this article, we will explain how to back up your data and what problems might occur if you don't use a backup software.
Then, we will also present FreeFileSync which is a free, open-source, very efficient, very flexible and multi-platform (compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac, ...) backup program.
Indeed, with FreeFileSync, you can back up your data faster and smarter.
When you want to backup your data without a program, there are many problems occurring over the years.
In fact, most people do copy/paste of files and/or folders they want to backup to an external hard drive or other.
This is problematic because :
In short, backup softwares are essential to correctly and smartly backup your data and preserving your external media ...
It's a good question.
Indeed, there are different ways to backup your data and different directions.
Then, you may want to ignore specific folders and/or files. To do this, you can use filters.
Currently, there are many ways to backup your data and as a normal user, you have :
Each type of backup has its advantages and disadvantages as explained at "Make backups of your data" section of our article "Protect yourself against viruses, hackers and traps present on Internet".
When you want to backup your data, there are many possible directions :
Depending on the data to backup and the use that you will make of this backup, you will choose one of these solutions.
However, as FreeFileSync is very flexible, you can also select multiple directions for a single backup.
Indeed, for each folder to sync, you can choose a particular direction for the backup process.
This is expressions with special characters such as * meaning "any character" and thus enabling you to ignore specific sub-folders and/or files when you run the backup process of your data.
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