Preferably free (preferably also for commercial use, but I guess I can live without that; home has priority over work; it's just that I like to use the same tools at both if I can).
Backup to an external USB 3 hard drive at home, but might also be over LAN at work (I'd prefer a home solution if a non-LAN solution offers better features/speed). I will never, ever, ever backup to the cloud - at most just a very local LAN on the same router.
I don't need encryption, Zip or other packing or differential/incremental backup.
I do need to mirror file deletion & renaming. The backup should be a file for file mirror of the source directory tree.
MUST HAVE: I do need scheduling, with the ability to auto-name the back up directories (e.g., daily backup - Mon/Tue... or Week 1, 2, 3 .. or Month - Jan/Feb...)
It would be nice to be able to exclude certain file types, which I define.
Copying of locked/open files is nice bonus.
Speed is a great bonus.
I am currently using Karen's Replicator which is the only program I know that can handle auto naming of backups, but it is showing its age (and, more importantly, does not tun as a service), so I am looking for an alternative. So far, Google is not my friend. Any suggestions?
Select a pair of folders and Bvckup 2 will make sure that one stays an exact copy of the other. It is light, uncomplicated and really well designed. It is also incredibly fast.
Can anyone offer anything better for free? If not, I hope that this question will have helped others.