If you are looking to backup your geodatabase entirely, then this is the simplest approach. Create a windows batch file that copies your geodatabase to your media and add it to the scheduled task at midnight.
Here is the script, copy it and paste it on a new Notepad window and save it as backupgdb.bat. Replace C:\Data\mygeodatabase.gdb path in the code with your original gdb folder, and replace E:\Backup with your target backup location.
The script will automatically append the current date so you don't have to worry about that.
XCOPY "C:\Data\mygeodatabase.gdb" "E:\Backup\mygeodatabase%date:/=%" /D /E /C /R /I /K /Y
Now add the backupgdb.bat to the scheduled task, following are the necessary steps to do so.
- From the start menu, type taskschd.msc to open up the Task
- Click on Create Basic Task and type in the name of the task,
BackupGDB, click Next.
- Select Daily, so the task runs on a daily basis. Click Next.
- Select the time you want this task to run, leave it at midnight and
- Select Start a Program then click Next this way we let
Windows start our Backupgdb.bat program.
- Browse to your Backupgdb.bat file.
- Click Finish and you are done.
You can create multiple batch files to backup to different locations using the same approach I guess. So you might have Backupgdb_Flash.bat, Backupgdb_NetworkDrive.bat etc..
This method might not be efficient if you want to backup a particular dataset in your geodatabase, as it will simply copy your entire geodatabase to a different location. If you have only a single dataset which is being constantly updated while rest of datasets are static, you will end up copying unchanged redundant data everyday. To copy a particular dataset only I recommend using Geodatabase Replication with a python script instead.