Batch file to backup one Doc file?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by lbbss, Mar 23, 2010.

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    lbbss Guest

    My father is very computer illiterate, but he is righting a book. He
    lost a few chapters of his book, due to hard drive failure. I would
    like to find a way to have the computer save a backup file on his
    second hard drive automatically, just in case the first one gets
    fried. Is there a simple batch file that could do that on boot up.
    Or some kind of small utility program? He is not good with windows
    explore and gets easily confused how to copy files manually. Any
    lbbss, Mar 23, 2010
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    rf Guest

    Will that book then be totally correct after he rights it?
    rf, Mar 23, 2010
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    rf Guest

    rf, Mar 23, 2010
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    thanatoid Guest
    I would suggest doing it before shutting down.
    I don't know what he uses, but you can write a book in WordPad
    or one of hundreds if npt thoudsands of mostly free notepad
    replacements. (I sure hope he isn't struggling with Word or

    The better of those programs have automatic "save every X
    minutes" or "make backup copy" options. In most cases you can
    specify the location.

    If not, a bat file consisting of

    xcopy C:\book\*.txt F:\book_bkp\

    should do it. Change the drives, dirs and file ext's to what
    they should be and remember, 8.3 names only.

    You can put a shortcut on the desktop and have him run it once
    in a while as an additional precaution. You can slightly modify
    the file and have TWO backup locations anfd two shortcuts in
    case something goes wrong.

    A book fits on a floppy, BTW. Hard drives can fail ANYTIME.
    thanatoid, Mar 23, 2010
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    chuckcar Guest

    Have him back up his files to closed session recordable CD's. How do
    you know the second hard drive isn't going to be next? Separate the media
    and the data from the drive, that way if the drive fails you lose nothing.
    Hence writing CDs. You could use DVD's, but that would be overkill in
    chuckcar, Mar 23, 2010
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    lbbss Guest

    Thanks for the relyp. He is using MS word 2003, but as far as I can
    tell it only has auto-recovery option. So when you close word,
    autosave file is deleted. He is using windows xp and and ms word,
    but in his native language (not English).
    I will try the batch file and use it to the secondary hd or will buy
    him a fash drive. tx
    lbbss, Mar 23, 2010
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    lbbss Guest

    thanks will try the batch file. And save it to a flash drive. P.S
    he is using ms word 2003 but not in english, with windows xp. and ms
    word does not make a backup only autorecovery file that gets deleted
    when you close the program. tx
    lbbss, Mar 23, 2010
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    rf Guest

    Incapable of reading a post from one end to the other without forgetting
    most of it.
    rf, Mar 23, 2010
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    thanatoid Guest
    You're welcome.

    If you'd seen some of my posts before, you'd know how much I
    hate MS Office. All office suites. Who needs them? Not your dad.
    Not me. Just people who have to wear suits to work.

    BTW - metapad is not only free, it in ***25*** languages.

    And metapad lite (not the full) IGNORES the insert/overwrite
    key, surely the biggest nightmare of writers world-over. No more
    lost words/sentences/paragraphs.

    It is insane to try to do creative work in something like Word.

    Writing should be done in TEXT, and then when it's done you can
    either self-publish using a program like InDesign or Quark
    Xpress or something, as a last resort Word or some other word
    processors, but WHY mess around with a gargantuan file in a
    buggy program?

    I know the chances of you/him taking this advice are probably
    zero, but I /highly/ recommend that he/you save his work as txt
    files, divide them up and work in Metapad.

    There is no spell checking, but you can always open a txt file
    in Word for the spell check.

    Anyway, spell checking doesn't matter until the book is
    finished. Nor does formatting of any kind. So why bother with
    thanatoid, Mar 23, 2010
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    sandy58 Guest

    "My father is very computer illiterate "Righting" a book?
    Why? Is it wrong? I hope your Dad's spelling skills are much better
    than yours, chum.
    W-R-I-T-I-N-G!!!! :)
    sandy58, Mar 23, 2010
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