There are a lot of backup utilities out there, but GoGet takes a different approach that I figured some of you may find interesting. You can give it a search expression (using an asterisk for a wildcard), a starting folder, and a destination folder. It will then pull all of the matching files over regardless of how many subdirectories they are nested in.
The thing that’s different with GoGet is that it doesn’t replicate the original folder structure in the destination you specify. For example, if you tell it to look in “D:\” searching for all “*.jpg” files and want them placed in “C:\Images” the result will be every single image from the “D:\” drive stored directly in the “C:\Images” folder. No directories will be created in the “C:\Images” folder, which may or may not be what you’re looking for.
The reason I thought I’d share this is because I could see how this behavior could be desired, such as wanting to extract all MP3s from a complicated folder structure and have them stored in one easy-to-access folder. Since most backup applications don’t offer a feature like this it’s probably worth at least bookmarking in case you need it down the road.
GoGet Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)