What backup program do you use? Most of us prefer one that:
(a) just copies files so you can use Windows Explorer to get them back (no encryption, no compaction, not it's own file format)
(b) can be set to only copy files that are new or changed
Common programs used: Syncback or Microsofts Synctoy.
If you're not afraid of using the command line and a batch file: xxcopy is a free (for personal use) download and with the /bu switch iit does exactly what you need: backup.
I just installed Windows 7 a month ago, and have tried to continue my pre-W7 weekly ritual of backing up my HD to my external drive. I set it up to back up only my D (data) drive. However....
* I've noticed it's really slow. Last time, it took me 2 hours to complete, compared to ~15 minutes in Vista. Any idea why, or if there's any way to speed it up?
* Every time I browse my external drive, I see the same set of files from my first backup a month ago - it seems not to be updating them. Again, is there some setting I may have overlooked?