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Question on Backing up folders on a USB Drive attached to a Router' USB Port

d0d0 924 286 June 8, 2016 at 04:16 AM
I have a Asus RT-AC56R that has 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 Ports. I am trying to find a program that can backup some of the folders on my Laptop to a USB HDD plugged into one of these ports.

I tried iDrive by mapping the USB drive as a local drive, but the speed was really slow. Tried CarshPlan (free) but it does not have such a functionality too (can back up to network laptop but not a Network folder/drive).

<Edit> I am looking at un-encrypted backup, i.e. the folder structure is exactly copied to the USB Disk, so In case I need to access the data on another computer, I can just plug in the USB disk directly into the computer and access the files.

Any thoughts as to how this can be done?

Update in setup and requirements based on LiquidRetro' comment and my own thoughts after trying a few backup softwares.

1) Primary use is to back up static files (files I am not using) e.g. pictures, old data dumps (almost never updated).

2) Currently I have OneDrive where I sync my backup folder. Once I have completed work on my file/s I move them to the OneDrive sync folder for automatic backup to the cloud.

3) I am looking to do a local backup of this OneDrive folder to a USB HDD that is connected to my Router. This HDD will be 99% of the time read only.

4) I want to do an incremental one way sync (from laptop to Network HDD). I want the files to be backed up in their natural state (i.e. no proprietary format) as I want to be able to directly access them form the USB HDD If needed.

And as always: free software is better.




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A Scheduled robocopy job should do this. Not the easiest program to use but it will work.

If your drive is network attached as are the computers why don't you just share the folder? Backup would suggest a second copy. . . I would be concerned about versioning issues. Say you use your primary laptop where the files are and make a change. Then over night robocopy runs and copies the files to the usb stick on the router. Say the next day you pull up the file on your desktop from the router. You make a change. Not that night the job runs on the laptop that night and overwrites the changes you made while at the desktop.

To fix this use the laptop as the file server and work off that copy. Share the folders to your home network. Then use robocopy to sync nightly to the usb drive on the router for "backup"

Know also if these files are important you should look at getting something out of the house. USB sticks fail, fires, floods, and other natural disasters happen and your data could easily be lost.
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