Automatically Backup User Data in Windows XP

· Windows Scripts

The script will automatically backup all the user files in My Documents, Desktop, Favorites, and the default PST location.

How to run a batch script: Save the below code in an *.CMD file. Replace FILESERVER with the name of your file server and ensure there is a share called “users” and inside a user that matches the username. The scripts will create a new folder called “AutoRecovered” and save all files to that location.

@ECHO OFF
REM This script will automatically backup all user files in My Documents, Desktop,
REM Favorites, and the PST location.
REM NOTE ************************
REM Please check the computer for user saves files outside of the default locations
REM like the root of the C drive.
REM NOTE ************************
REM Source: http://www.computing.net/answers/dos/making-a-bat-file-to-get-input/12821.html
REM Source: http://wp.me/p6h4z-1g
ECHO *****************************
ECHO *** Automated User Backup ***
ECHO *****************************
ECHO.
:input
set INPUT=
set /P INPUT=Please enter in the username to backup: %=%
if "%INPUT%"=="" goto input
ECHO.
ECHO Mapping to Network Drive with Domain Administrator Account
net use Z: \\FILESERVER\users\%INPUT% /User:DOMAINadministrator *
ECHO Creating AutoRecovered Directory in \FILESERVERusers%INPUT%
mkdir Z:\AutoRecovered
ECHO.
ECHO Copying "My Documents" for %INPUT%
xcopy "C:Documents and Settings\%INPUT%\My Documents" "Z:\AutoRecovered\My Documents" /s /c /h
ECHO.
ECHO Copying "Favorites" for %INPUT%
xcopy "C:Documents and Settings\%INPUT%\Favorites" "Z:\AutoRecovered\Favorites" /s /c /h
ECHO.
ECHO Copying "Desktop" for %INPUT%
xcopy "C:Documents and Settings\%INPUT%\Desktop" "Z:\AutoRecovered\Desktop" /s /c /h
ECHO.
ECHO Copying "Email PSTs" for %INPUT%
xcopy "C:Documents and Settings\%INPUT%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\*.pst" "Z:\AutoRecoveredEmail" /s /c /h
ECHO.
ECHO Operation Complete
ECHO.
PAUSE
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