Using Windows XP, how do I save a file to another hard drive or main hard
drive and USB, all at the same time? I know how to save each and drop down and
save to another drive, etc. but is it possible to do it in one fell swoop?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #85, I look at the possibility of saving a file automatically in
Save two copies of a file
No. The short answer is no. I’m not aware of a way to make an arbitrary application do that kind of a thing.
If you want to save two copies of the file, in two different locations, it’s on you to go through the File > Save process once for each copy you want to save.
Write a macro
Now… I’m hesitating a little bit because, heck it’s only software, right? It’s possible… if you are running a program that has an underlying macro language or programming language like, for example, Microsoft Word. Microsoft Word has a fairly powerful macro or programming language included with it – Visual Basic for applications is part of most Microsoft Office applications.
You could, if it was that important to you, write a macro that did what you requested.
In other words, you would run this macro and it would save the file twice in two different locations. It could get really complex because the macro might have to pay attention to the current file name, ask you where you wanted things to be put or assume you wanted them to always, and forever be put in these two specific places.
Like I said, it gets complicated pretty quickly. But to be complete, I do have to point out that applications that include that kind of macro programming language capability can, in fact, be programmed to do pretty much anything you might want to do. You just have to be a bit of a programmer to do it.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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