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.
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.