Good Software to Backup the SD Card?

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    I had to reformat my SD card since it became corrupt. I lost some music, pics, and saved games (from SNES ROMS, etc).

    From what I understand, the most discussed backup programs (Astro, mybackup) are only for the data on the phone, not the data on the cards.

    Now I can always mount, copy and paste from the phone's SD card to my computer, but that seems redundant after a while.

    Is there a program that someone has used which is compatible with the droid, and will sync and save just the updated files since the previous backup (rather than backing up everything on the SD card again)?

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    I am subscribing as this is some thing I'd like to know as well

    -=Jason=-
     
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    astro file manager backs up all yur apps too :) i've had to use it and it works great :)
     
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    If you already have a backup app on your PC it might do this for you while your SD card is mounted. In other words, there's no need for an app specific to the Droid for this purpose unless maybe you want the backup to launch automatically once the SD card is mounted.
     
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    I have a 1 TB disk so i just made a new folder and dragged the whole root of the MC into it,next day or when ever I want i just drag the whole MC again to the same folder and it will ask me if i want to overwrite or just save new files...
     
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    Mac OSX....mount copy...done
     
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    I place mine in the docking station, mount the droid to my Win7 Ultimate box and copy to a folder on an external backup drive. Quick and easy.
     
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    In Astro you mean Application Backup/Manager? I just backed up all my apps using it.

    But it doesnt back up all the data on your setup just the apps...

    If you want to backup the whole phone what's the best way.

     
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    I have XP - is this possible? Please explain the steps.

    Also you can use the docking station to connect the Droid to the computer? How?

     
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    Thanks for all the input guys.

    I was doing what rda990 said, but you either have to overwrite one by one or overwrite all--so if I have two MODIFIED files i'd have to overwrite all just to overwrite those two.. if that makes any sense.

    I tried MML and DoubleTwist, and they (as you guys probably already know) only sync certain files.

    So, I took takeshi's advice, and downloaded a backup program. I found a nice program called "Alway Sync" Allway Sync: Free File Synchronization, Backup, Data Replication, PC Sync Software, Freeware, File Sync, Data Synchronization Software

    It's an easy to use program. When it opens up, you have one source/drive on the left, and another source/drive on the right.

    On the left source/drive, I selected my mounted droid (drive G)

    On the right source/drive, I selected a new folder I created on my HDD called DROID SYNC INFO

    Then, I clicked "Analyze". It analyzed the two locations and came up with a warning stating that the differences between the two locations were significant, but that was normal if it was my first job. So I clicked "Ignore" and then proceeded to sync.

    The sync job was as quick as any other program I have tried. Sync'd ALL files on SD card.

    Then upon completion, I closed Alway Sync, unmounted my phone and used my droid to download a pic from the internet and played Snesoid and saved a few save states in one of the games.

    I connected my phone back to PC, mounted the card and opened Alway Sync and clicked "Analyze". It indicated that I had one new file and 4 changed files. I clicked "Syncronize" and it copied over the new file and replaced the 4 changed files (save slots from Snesoid).

    I haven't explored the other options of Alway Sync (like any auto-sync option or schedule option), but the program seems to have a lot of options. It is free, quick and easy.

    Now I can use Astro to backup my apps to the card, and use Alway Sync to backup my SD card to PC without the need to replace files that already exist and have not been modified. In addition, when you open Alway Sync it comes up with the previous two drives/folders used, so in theory all you need to do is mount you phone, open the program and click analyze (or skip and just sync) --no need to find locations again (unless drive G changes for some reason, i.e. different USB port or a thumb drive plugged in)
     
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    thank you Smeech for the write up :) I am going to doing this now..

    like you said when copying the entire root of the SdCard I dont want to over write my mp3s and photos just for a few new files.

    -=Jason=-
     
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    Root, SPRecovery, Nandroid backup and just check everything, it will be a huge file but everything on your droid will be backed up to one folder which can be restored later if you brick your phone or have to exchange it for a manufacturer defect.

    Backup Droid

    Copy Backup to hard drive

    Get new Droid

    Restore....

    It's as if you are on the same phone!!
     
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    Exactly.

    This program worked well for me, hope it does the same for you. It's a small program, doesn't take up space or seem to take up many resources.
     
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    Flomaster, did the program work out for you?
     
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