If you’re a savvy Windows Vista user or IT professional, you’ve probably used Vista’s Complete PC Backup to image your hard disk and you scheduled regular backups through Windows Backup.If you don’t really trust Vista’s built-in tools or just like to have additional copies of your really important files, Vista includes a powerful, but hidden directory replication utility, called Robocopy that makes backing up files a snap. In this IT Dojo video, I’ll show you how to access Robocopy and how to create a custom command-line script that backs up files to an external hard drive.

After watching the video, you can read Greg Shultz’s article, “Create a custom backup tool with Vista’s Robocopy”–the basis for this video.