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Manage your files with DateCopy 2.01: Welcome to efficient back ups

By Chris Williams. Published: 19th Mar 19:34:03 | Permalink | Printable

Backing up your files is usually a sensible precaution taken by many to prevent against total loss of data when, say, a harddisc fails. You reckon it'll never happen but there is always that little feeling of trepidation after you finish a large piece of work and you're saving it to disc. Recently, Peter Hillman has released an update to his backup utility DateCopy and from its name I expect you might be able to hazard a guess as to its function.

DateCopy 2.01 is a utility to assist with regular backups of your files. It allows you to back up your most recently created and modified files to a new directory which can then be stored safely on a removable disc or a writeable CD. It also produces a list of all files on your system, to aid with retrieval of your files.

In an email to Drobe Peter explains, "This version keeps records of when and how you backed up files, which makes backing up much more simple, and makes it much easier to retrieve your files. It also adds more configuration control, and the ability to automate backups."

According to Peter's announcement, new features include the history system that keeps track of the last time you backed up, drag-and-drop selection of a source directory and of directories to be ignored, and support for automatic and multiple backups. A StrongHelp manual is included which contains advice about backing up in general, as well as detailed instructions for using DateCopy.

"I wrote it for my dad, who got himself a CD writer to cope with backups. We wanted to be able to store files in their native format rather than in some special archive created by a backup program, so they could be read straight off the disk, even on a PC if neccesary", comments Peter. "The problem is that backing up a 10Gb drive onto CDs every week is a little tedious, so I wrote this utility to make a local copy of recent files, so they could be written onto the CD."

Like any normal freeware developer, Peter likes to receive feedback from DateCopy users. This update to verion 2.01 was the result of people emailling Peter after downloading and using the utility. The StrongHelp manual was also written because some users were confused by earlier versions. DateCopy is released as egoware, a freeware licence with a difference. Peter has strong feelings for the freeware community and this is what he had to say for himself:
"I think it's vital that quality freeware RISC OS applications continue to thrive. If developers have no feedback from their users, there will be little encouragement to keep programming. The idea behind egoware was to encourage users to contact developers, either with comments and suggestions, or simply to let the authors know that someone out there is benefiting from all their work."

DateCopy 2.01: www.ee.ed.ac.uk/~pmh/

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