# Windows Data Backup Using FreeFileSync Step By Step

This article is the step by step guide that I prepared for my colleagues to do the data backup to our newly bought server. I was assigned the task to evaluate some backup tools and find the best one that fits our requirements. After some testing, I finally choose FreeFileSync. I choose it over other tools because it has a feature I like most:

I can mirror folders to backup server, so the backup server is always the latest copy, when I restore, I just copy this folder back to its location; while for those modified / deleted files, they will be saved in another dedicated loation with Date as version.

OK. Here begins the step by step guide.

### Introduction

FreeFileSync is a free Open Source software that helps you synchronize files and synchronize folders for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It is designed to save your time setting up and running backup jobs while having nice visual feedback along the way.

FreeFileSync latest vesrion is 6.2. For more information about this software, can visit its homepage

Visit here to download the latest version of FreeFileSync

### Setup FreeFileSync For Data Backup

The backup scheme that we doing to define should include:

• Daily backup data of selected folders.
• Keep the origin folder structure.
• Keep deleted file for up to 30 days.
• Keep older copy when file been modified.
• No compression on backup file/folder.
• Log file for backup status.

#### Global Setting

From menu, select Tools, then Global Settings. Maily to set Retry count and Delay. Recommended setting as shown below:

#### Backup Setting

1. Use

to add folder pair or to delete folder pair.

2. Use

to set what file to include or exclude. Example screen as shown below:

3. use

to set synchronization setting for that folder pair. Example setting screen as shown below.

Recommened setting:

Sync Type : Mirror
Deleted Files : Versioning
Deleted File Name Convension : Replace
Deleted File Location : \\\\backup\\location\\**\_old\_\\Path\\to\\backup\\folder\\%timestamp%**

4. After done folder pair setting. Click

to save whole backup as batch job. Set the log file location and set a limit on the log entries. Then Save as file with extension .ffs_batch

5. Schedule the batch job. Follow the next section to schedule task step by step.

6. (Optional) Schedule another task to delete backup folder/file that older than 30 days. A script is required, I haven’t finished this script yet. When I finish it, I will update this blog to post the script.

Press Win + R key, then run taskschd.msc to start Windows 7 Task Scheduler. Then follow images below to schedule the backup step by step.