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Backing up certain folders.
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On my Desktop there are 8 separate folders I'm using for a project. I would like to select only the 8 folders and back up to a partition on my 1TB external HDD. I usually select the 8 folders I want to backup in caja file manager and copy and paste to the HDD external partition, that's fine but when I do it a second or third time ETC. I get windows popping up asking if I want to merge folders, replace files ETC which is a pain. So I delete all the 8 folders in the HDD partition re-copy and paste them, which is also a pain. Is there a backup Application that I can select the 8 folders and back them up incrementally instead of using copy and paste? I tried lucky backup but it wouldn't let me select all the 8 separate folders, just one folder. I also have Grsync but haven't tried it that way yet. I also tried back in time but to me it's hard to understand. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Rich 

For some reason the text in this post cannot be seen so I'll re-post it.

1TB external HDD. I usually select the 8 folders I want to backup in caja file manager and copy and paste to the HDD external partition, that's fine but when I do it a second or third time ETC. I get windows popping up asking if I want to merge folders, replace files ETC which is a pain. So I delete all the 8 folders in the HDD partition re-copy and paste them, which is also a pain. Is there a backup Application that I can select the 8 folders and back them up incrementally instead of using copy and paste? I tried lucky backup but it wouldn't let me select all the 8 separate folders, just one folder. I also have Grsync but haven't tried it that way yet. I also tried back in time but to me it's hard to understand. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I changed back to default settings so I can read the text.  Don't know why it was text was dark and unreadable in dark mode??? 

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Rich 
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#2
I use Back In Time on my wife's Ubuntu machine instead of XBT because her data files are not stored in her Home directory. I have found Bac In Time to be excellent. I can select antthing on the system as a back-up. All I have to do when I open it is click one button and it happens.

Richard
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#3
I use LuckyBackup for tasks like that.
mostly automatic (scheduled), but also manually when I am ready to step away from the keyboard.

http://luckybackup.sourceforge.net/

I Usually only backup data files, but sometime also some "system files" like .thunderbird
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Grsync is ideally suited for that purpose. I use it every time I modify a file.

You could even use it to back up the whole of your home folder unless yours is massive.
Cliff Coggin
Mint 18.3
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