For automating simple directory/file backups I use a program called SecondCopy. Very powerful and has many options for backing up to external drives and NAS boxes.
I also have been a long time user of Acronis TrueImage. You can backup your entire computer, live, to a file (in TI format) to an external file/NAS box in FULL or incremental backups. It also allows you to, CLONE, your system drive to an external drive in case your computer drive dies.
I'm looking for recommendations for a backup strategy that minimizes data loss due to computer crash, and requires minimum effort on my part after it is set up/configured.
We "all know" we are supposed to back up our computers and files on a regular basis. Twenty years ago I was a network administrator who moved into being the network engineer. After five years of that, I went back to general electronics engineering... just saying this so you know that I know what I should be doing.
For a while after leaving IT, I had a backup program that I had scheduled with the [then] recommended method of daily backups, weekly backups, and monthly backups with "trimming" and then related off-site storage. OK... overkill for most home systems, but I do/did tend to be obsessive compulsive about that sort of thing. I stopped doing this because the backup software I was using "evolved" and no longer supported that kind of backup strategy.
Periodically, I've looked at various backup programs but the ones I've seen did not seem to offer that kind of backup scheme. I especially liked the auto-trimming aspect, as it meant I didn't have to worry about the backups gobbling up all of my hard drive.
So now I only do backups sporadically, and that bothers me. I would prefer to have a "set it and forget it" approach to my computer backups. When I got my first 1.5TB external USB hard drive for my Windows 7 computer, I tried to use the (then) Windows Image backup, unsuccessfully. Windows did not recognize the drive as valid for the destination for the image. Internet research verified that this was a common and unresolved problem. I've not looked into it for the last couple of years (other, more important things requiring my attention).
I have worked under security constraints for much of my professional life, and as a result, I'm not comfortable backing up files to "the cloud" or similar sites not under my personal control. I have used Google Drive to temporarily transfer pictures from one device to another (because the two devices could not directly talk to each other).
I'm looking for recommendations for a backup strategy (or strategies) that minimizes data loss due to a failure, and requires minimum effort on my part after it's set up/configured.
Thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
--Submitted by Roslyn T.