How to copy in use files from XP to Mac ove

June 15, 2010 at 08:16:26
Specs: Macintosh OSX Leopard 10.5.8, 2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon with 5 GB
I'm having trouble backing up files that are in use on XP
over a network to the main Macintosh in the office. Is
there a way to override or skip the files that are in use so
that the rest of the files can still be copied and the
process does not stop?

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#1
June 15, 2010 at 10:01:11
What method are you using to backup the files?
You really need to use a backup program to do this. It cannot be done with Windows Explorer. Windows Backup, and others, are fully capable of doing what you want.

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#2
June 15, 2010 at 10:41:24
I access the main computer on the network using the Mac
Pro (the main computer which stores most of the office files
is the pc running Windows XP) and try copying all the files
from the shared folder on that computer, which is where the
office staff all store their data. If a file from the shared folder
from which I am copying is left open or being worked on by
someone, the process of copying all of the files stops when
it reaches that particular file in the queue.

I assume you are suggesting that the backup should be
performed from the pc end then with Window's Backup?


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#3
June 15, 2010 at 11:15:11
What file is it failing on? Sounds like one of the file names has characters that are not acceptable and simply needs to be renamed.

Also if this is an Office environment you should probably get a file server.


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#4
June 15, 2010 at 11:33:54
Hi Ace. It's not a file in particular because a backup works
when no one has any files open. A file server? This might be a
good idea. We have an older computer lying around. Is it
difficult/time consuming to set up? We are sort of using one of
the computers as a file server I think. Everyone stores their
files on it. I may look into this. For a novice to intermediate
user how long do you think (probably difficult to guess) it would
take to set up?

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#5
June 15, 2010 at 12:50:10
Ntbackup will work. Mount a cifs share on the mac and save it there.

There are some other shadow copy apps that will work. I think driveimagexml does and some others use shadow copy.

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#6
June 15, 2010 at 13:17:58
Thank you Jefro. This looks a bit beyond my reach. However, if
I was able to manage it would either of these programs be
capable of schedule automation during the evening/early
morning?

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#7
June 15, 2010 at 13:41:58

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#8
June 15, 2010 at 14:08:38
I could be wrong but I don't think you can copy a Word document while it is open. This is by design.

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#9
June 15, 2010 at 14:34:46
A file server is basically a computer that is setup as a stand alone computer that shares files. This way you don't have to worry about users on the box having files open.

As for your copying issue you may want to use batch scripts run with Microsoft Scheduler to copy the files at night. You could put a post in the programming forum for someone to write one for you.


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#10
June 15, 2010 at 18:46:34
Shadow copy is a part of windows OS that allows programs to copy files just for this reason. As to the exact state the file is in would be of some question. I'm sure it is on the MS site.

Ntbackup can be scheduled, pretty sure other shadow copy apps can be also. They tend to be backup apps and they are normally scheduled.

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#11
June 16, 2010 at 06:29:39
Great. Thanks for everyone's responses. A lot of this seems
over my head. I will take everything into consideration. I think
the file server seems to be the most logical.

Thanks again


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