If you're like me, you've used Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V more than a time or
two, but you've always felt a little dirty afterwards. Yeah, you can
use the command-line COPY or XCOPY utilities. But they're decidedly
20th Century, much like some of the laundry still loitering under my office couch.
So I spent a little time over the holidays cleaning up my file
system by scripting a backup routine using the very cool and very free
ROBOCOPY utility. Now, I've got a regularly scheduled job that, after
the first run which captured all my files, only backs up new or changed
files (and directories) while keeping all of their NTFS attributes. Boo-Yah!
Read all about it on my Tool Time Blog at SQLMag. I'll also show you how to use some other free and powerful alternatives in future entries.