3 Ways to Automatically Backup Your Flash Drive

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People are increasingly turning to flash drives, little pen-sized blocks which somehow manage to store a briefcase full of information, to carry their work or personal details around. While they’re satisfyingly convenient, their petite dimensions ironically contribute to the worst thing about them: flash drives are frustratingly easy to misplace.

Whether it’s your favourite playlist or sensitive information, here are a few automatic backup solutions to ensure that you never find yourself hanging in unexpected circumstances.

1. How to Automatically Backup Your Flash Drive with Windows

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SyncToy is a native Microsoft Tool that allows you to backup information located on your storage mediums with a single click. It works by œpairing two folders in different locations and updating the files in each so that they have the same content inside.

It even comes with three options: updating the files from Left to Right without overwriting them, updating and overwriting them, or updating bi-directionally. By itself, SyncToy doesn’t automatically backup your files, but it comes with a handy tutorial which teaches you how to use Window’s very own Task Scheduler to do exactly that.

2. How to Schedule Automatic Backups of Your Flash Drive

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As far as freeware comes, GoodSync is among the best you can get. It makes an effort to be classy (has a nice interface), is user-friendly, and does exactly what it says it will do. Like SyncToy, it makes use of the Left and Right concept to simplify the learning process.

Unlike SyncToy, GoodSync has a built-in synchronization setting which allows you to schedule when you’d like your backups to happen. This means that it backs-up your flash drive automatically as long as it’s plugged into your computer at the specified time (set it to whenever you frequent your computer).

3. How to Easily Customize your Automatic Backups for your Flash Drive

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If you’re prefer a more classic touch or just want to keep things simple, DSynchronize is a great tool with a clean interface which flattens the learning curve. All the appropriate checkboxes and buttons are where they’re supposed to be, and its simplicity stands out so much that you get the hang of it simply by œmuddling through, or experimenting by yourself.

Like GoodSync, it has a built-in timer, and even makes useful options like Autostart and Shutdown at the end available on the front page so you don’t need to dig into the œPreferences folder every time you want to tweak your…well, preferences.

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Do you back up your flash drives?  Tell us in the comments!

1,581 Replies to “3 Ways to Automatically Backup Your Flash Drive”

  1. that’s a really cute pendrive..lego, reminds me of my childhood..hehe..btw, the pimp my digi contest did not really drive alot of traffic to my blog..actually i was just eye-ing for the prize..haha

  2. I think this is good idea but most important think this is not only about flashdrive media but most important what software are you use.

  3. I have just been copying the files on a regular basis as I haven’t found the right software to do this back-up. I use two 32GB flash drives as my working hard drives and would like the back-up to be real-time as with say WD Anywhere.

  4. This is of great help! Windows 7 sucks becoz i cant just back up my flash drive through my computer to my external hard drive. It always wants to back up my computer to the flash drive instead. Cheers for the help!

  5. Being a student, I commonly have my flash drive with me and only pull it out to use it on a library or computer lab computer. I am looking for a program that will automatically update my flash drive each time it is plugged in to my personal computer, kind of like an auto play option. Does anyone know if this function is available anywhere?

  6. being a student, i constantly use my flash drive and i would be doomed if I lost it or it stopped working. I use it mostly on shared computers (i.e, library and computer lab computers) I am looking for the ability to have my personal computer automatically back up all my flash drive files each time it is plugged in. Kind of like an autoplay setting or feature works. Does anyone know if that exists? Thanks!

  7. Like GoodSync, it has a built-in timer, and even makes useful options like Autostart and Shutdown at the end available on the front page so you don’t need to dig into the œPreferences folder every time you want to tweak your…well, preferences.

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