February 03, 2017

Simple Windows mirror directory backup with robocopy

Quick Tip

This is a simple Visual Basic script (Listing 1) that uses the windows robocoy command to perform a simple mirroring backup of a directory structure. Typically, use this to backup from your local machine to a network location just in case something happens to your hard drive.

NOTE This is a simple MIRROR copy backup strategy. There is no history maintained. If it’s obliterated during the backup, it’s gone!

Listing 1 - Single Statement File to String

Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject ("WScript.Shell")
Return = WshShell.Run("cmd.exe /C robocopy C:\source X:\destination /MIR", 1)