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Could you, please, list what do you think that are main advantages and main disadvantages of robocopy?


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closed as not constructive by Zoredache, SmallClanger, Tim Brigham, joeqwerty, MDMarra Oct 16 '12 at 14:37

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How could any of us here possibly justify your arbitrary software choice. Robocopy is bad as a standalone backup solution. I'd never consider it. If you want to use it, you'll need to justify it - not us. – MDMarra Oct 16 '12 at 14:38
@MDMarra, happy now :) – I don't know. Oct 16 '12 at 15:05
@zoredache, why is this closed? I have edited the question and reformulated it. I don't see which rules does it break now?`Thanks – I don't know. Oct 16 '12 at 15:07
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Not a comprehensive list but I'll give it a crack


  • Free / no renewal cost
  • Easy and quick file-based backup
  • Scriptable on any machine to any network based resource
  • Has both a command line and GUI for learning the options
  • Can log output


  • No image based recovery
  • Backup Speed based on network traffic and architecture (although, this is true of every backup program)
  • No tech support if something goes wrong

FYI: Be aware of how robocopy handles symbolic links in newer versions of windows

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