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Backup Utility in C#

, 4 Aug 2003
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A utility to backup directories and stick a datestamp on the folder, and remove folders older than N days, where N is configurable.

Sample Image - backup.gif


During a development project, I realized I needed something to backup my solutions every night, and be tagged with a date stamp. I looked around the Net for some DOS utilities but none really fitted the bill as far as what I was looking for. Eventually, I decided to just code it. Turned out to be super simple in C#.


My goal was to backup my solution from a source folder (e.g. C:\Data) to a backup folder (e.g. C:\Backup\Data_080403). I also wanted to only keep N number of days of backups and not let my backup folder grow infinitely. So, for instance, I wanted to keep 30 days worth of backups at most. So, whenever, any files older than 30 days were discovered, I wanted the system to delete them automatically.


I used the System.IO's Directory and DirectoryInfo classes to create folders, delete folders, and wrote a method to recursively copy folders from one location to the next. I utilized the DirectoryInfo class to figure out how old a given folder was, in order to delete it.


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralNice. Yet it doesn't work twice on the same day PinmemberYaron Dan-Goor21-Mar-11 7:50 
GeneralUse Path.DirectorySeparatorChar Pinmembercodekamfung15-Apr-04 0:13 
GeneralRe: Use Path.DirectorySeparatorChar PinsussAnonymous8-Oct-04 10:02 
GeneralRe: Use Path.DirectorySeparatorChar Pinmemberjustsml12-Dec-04 11:34 
"(Where can .NET code be ported to without change anyway?)"
LINUX! Poke tongue | ;-P
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GeneralPVCS systems PinmemberHåkan Nilsson6-Aug-03 5:48 
GeneralRe: PVCS systems PinmemberM C15-Jul-10 11:00 
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