In short, WD Passport is just another media for storage - so yes, "any" backup software will work - and trust me, there are thousands of options available for you.
In my answer, I'll make the following assumptions:
- You want a free solution;
- You want a Windows Based Solution;
- You run your account as an administrator, and not a standard user;
- You will only be performing full backups and;
- You do not want to schedule tasks
A side note, all my scripts are powershell scripts because...variables.
Robust File Copy Management is a command-line tool implemented in Windows as a replacement to xcopy because, like, it's more robust. We can therefore create a basic script to be executed for backups.
You can look at the manpage which is as follows:
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Usage :: ROBOCOPY source destination [file [file]...] [options]
source :: Source Directory (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
destination :: Destination Dir (drive:\path or \\server\share\path).
file :: File(s) to copy (names/wildcards: default is "*.*").
So essentially (You can add error-handling, time stamps, error-checking, compression, encryption etc. to this as well):
$Source = "C:\Your\Path\Here"
$Destination = "D:\Your\WD\Passport\"
robocopy.exe $Source $Destination /E /ZB /SEC /ETA /LOG+file:my_file.txt
We are using several switches here, which can be explained in the help file.
- Comes with Windows
- Command Line, can be made as a service
- Robust (Get it?)
- No GUI (not a con for me....)
Cobian Backup is free, but not open-source software. All the questions you have for this solution can be located here.
The reason in why I suggest this tool is:
- It's free
- You can encrypt files on backup;
- Capability to perform time-stamps on backups;
- You can do full, incremental and differential backups;
- The tool has an entire log screen for debugging;
- Tool supports impersonation on backups;
- Tool has functionality for compression using several standards and;
- Tool has WebUI and Email functionality.
It is worth noting that Cobian uses the VSS Service to perform several of it's own functions.
A very old quick video on the product can be located here and here is my question on the topic.