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Offline Alex Hau  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, 22 August 2018 5:27:10 PM(UTC)
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'm wondering if there's a way in Windows 10 to setup an external backup drive to detect any changes to files on my machine to be backed up as soon as it's plugged in. To explain this in point form, I'd like to:

1) plug in my back up drive.
2) The drive (or some utility) automatically scans key files and folders to check for changes (added, modified, or deleted files).
3) Any changes it detects get backed up.

In step 2), when I say "key" files, I mean only files I want backed up, not everything on my machine.

Do I need a special kind of hard drive for this?

Is there an online guide on how to set this up?

Offline Cameron - CL  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, 28 August 2018 1:44:24 PM(UTC)
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Hi Alex,

Unfortunately in Windows 10, there isn't software that I'm aware of that does this automatically. There may be a third-party bit of software out there that does this but none that I am aware of.

The only thing I can think of is hardware related but also requires your drive to be plugged in at all times. That would be a RAID 1 array. This will however require you to completely erase all data on both drives in order to set up so it's probably not a viable option for you. Nonetheless, this is the only option I am aware of to somewhat achieve what you are after

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