The Right way to Use Robocopy To back up your Data in Windows 10

For those who want that additional peace of mind to prevent any data loss, should double down on their data backups. The easy robocopy script offers some useful means to make this task effective and simple. Windows 10 provides several backup methods and restoration of data options. But if you are still conscientious about the security of your files and folders, then you should keep an additional copy of data files with you. Luckily, Robocopy offers over 80 command line parameters which permit you have a powerful data backup function. Yes, it can help you create a complete replica of all the data files in your user folder.

Robocopy offers plethora of functions and features. Some of them are given below:

       One of the handiest features of Robocopy is that it encounters a file which is in use. And, as soon as it does, it will stop and wait for the file to get closed and then start with copy function. It tries to copy the file in every 30 seconds. And, the default retries are 1 million. You can change the number of retries as per your wish by changing the command line.

       It has a multi-thread switch which allows Robocopy to perform multi-thread copy function. It can side by side copy several files in parallel which leads to quick backup functions. You can use the multi-thread switch as per your need.

       Just like the other command line tools, Robocopy too states the operation status in the Command Prompt window. However, if you don’t want to see the percentage progress of every file, you can use /NP switch and use /LOG switch to overwrite the present log every time.

Creating and using script

Once you know how the script functions which switches are important, you can use Notepad, type the command and save the file under “RobocopyBackup.cmd”. In order to ensure that the script and open log file do not collide with the backup, you can create a folder in the root directory and save the script there.

You will get the log file in the same directory of the script after every backup operation. Always remember while the log file is a plain text file, it can be bigger for the Notepad to handle. Hence, you should use WordPad or any other Word file to open and see the log file.

And, whenever you wish to create an additional backup, you just have to double click on the RobocopyBackup.cmd to initiate it. When the task is done, you can evaluate the backup.log file. You should use task scheduler to run Robocopy on its own on a periodic basis if you like.

So, if you haven’t used Robocopy for Windows 10 till now, then it is time you bring it to your use. It is one of the best software you can use to get exact replica of your processer as a backup with you in case of any unfortunate or emergency situation.