Backup File Name: Add Time (10 Merged Votes)

At the present time, when you are backing up for Windows, you have an option to "Add date to backup file name." I always check that.

It would be great if you ALSO added the time. Otherwise, if I backup later in the day, I either have to overwrite the previous backup file, or manually change the file name.

Also, I would have "Add time" as a separate option so users have an option.
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  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    Just to clarify ... you are asking about the backup file created by the Manual Backup process, aren't you?
    The file created by the Automatic Backup process already contains a Timestamp.

    This sounds like a good idea to me. It would eliminate the "one (1) Manual Backup file per day" limitation.

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  • Snowman
    Snowman Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited June 2020
    Having the date added to the name of the backup file is great but it would even be better if the option add the time of the backup as well.  That way you can have multiple backups on any given day.  As it is now you would have to go in and manually edit the backup file name to do this.
  • UKR
    UKR SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    At this time, the Automatic Backup already provides a timestamp to allow multiple backups per day.
    With Automatic Backup enabled and set to "Every [1] times", a backup was created when I switched between the above production file and a test file on both 5/28 and 5/30
    Each file is date and time stamped, e.g. 2020-05-31-PM03.41
    Manual Backup files are date stamped, but do not have a time stamp.
    I second your request.
    • Manual backup file names should be changed to include a time stamp, just like Automatic Backup files.
    • The timestamp itself should be formatted in military (24 hour) format, 00.00 - 24.00, instead of AM/PM
  • Bob6
    Bob6 Member ✭✭
    I would also like to see this.
  • Rocket J Squirrel
    Rocket J Squirrel SuperUser, Windows Beta ✭✭✭✭✭
    I have always been amused that the programmer who came up with the auto backup filenames was unaware of 24-hour time and used AM & PM instead.
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  • Jim_Harman
    Jim_Harman SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    At least the AM times sort earlier than the PM times when AM/PM is before the time ...
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  • Chris_QPW
    Chris_QPW Member ✭✭✭✭
    I have always been amused that the programmer who came up with the auto backup filenames was unaware of 24-hour time and used AM & PM instead.

    That is certainly a weird format that they picked.

    But my guess on not using the 24 hour format wouldn't be that the programmer didn't know about it, but more like "users are stupid, you can't use a 24 hour format because they will not understand it" kind of attitude.  You see a lot of that kind of attitude from the programming in Quicken.

    In fact as @Jim_Harman points out most likely they purposely put the AM/PM before the time because it will sort better that way, so to me that suggests someone was clearly thinking about this.
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  • Sherlock
    Sherlock SuperUser ✭✭✭✭✭
    If you haven't already, you may want to consider allowing the Windows File History to backup the folder you're using for the manual backup.
  • Chris_QPW
    Chris_QPW Member ✭✭✭✭
    Sherlock said:
    If you haven't already, you may want to consider allowing the Windows File History to backup the folder you're using for the manual backup.

    I had so much problems with Windows File History not doing its job and such that I gave up on it for a viable backup years ago.
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  • Sherlock
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    Chris_QPW said:
    Sherlock said:
    If you haven't already, you may want to consider allowing the Windows File History to backup the folder you're using for the manual backup.

    I had so much problems with Windows File History not doing its job and such that I gave up on it for a viable backup years ago.
    I don't rely on File History as a complete backup but for an hourly snap shot of select folders to an external drive it's worked fine.  I still save nightly backups securely off to cloud storage using Duplicati, use the Windows 7 backup once a week, and save system images once a month.    File History is just another tool in the arsenal.
  • Bob Bernstein
    Bob Bernstein Member ✭✭
    This should be a no brainer !!
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