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How do you back up your computer and how often do you do it?

External HDD + Cloud backup with mega, mediafire, google drive, ...
I highly recommend installing backuppc and using it with rsync + filling!
I have a txt file listing all the folders that should be backed up and how often and then zip it up and upload it to a drive or cloud , it works better then automation as I can ensure cloning of folders and files worked, whereas automation in the even of failure usually is silent and no garuntee of uploading to the drive or cloud and often have duplicates in the even of recovering from a silent failure which is heavy on space and makes it difficult to sort through what should stay or go.

Server back ups are a different story, different OSs and configuration will determine the best backup option, Docker as a vm is a good way to backup with out being an expert and has little over head .
Well, when i used to back up my PC i would use SyncBack and copy to an HDD (essential files only). The rest of my data was always stored on an external HDD.

Don't really use it now cos my current setup is RAID(ed), so not completely essential to back it up anymore.
I came accros Macrium reflect the free version works fine I have a 2 TB external drive I use for creating images, after I run a fresh install OS, Software etc I make an image after a few weeks of use I make a new image - the second image has lots of my passwords stored, emails setup, etc if something goes wrong you can run a recovery usb and bring your PC back
mportant files should be backed up at minimum once a week, preferably once every 24 hours. This can be performed manually or automatically. Many automatic software options are available that you can set to make a backup at a selected time of the day or week
I don't backup , it is full of old movies, songs, old scripts, and a huge lot of photos 
Why should I backup these when all my work is online
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
– Martin Luther King Jr
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I make delta backup once a week and full sector by sector twice a year
I need to backup mi files, not the entire system so I work with Google Drive in Sync
Never, because I do nothing important on my computer.
But if I had something important - I'd make backups every time I edit important thing.
welll you need a backup of your files you can do it using windows setup
or you can use a file recovery tool Clapping
Due to the fact that I use linux on a pc I made a raid of 1 of 2 disks.
I do not make a backup because for what reason, once I left the disk I put in a second rebuild the raid I'm working on.
I keep important work for an encrypted pendrive.
For Windows machines, I use Macrium Reflect free version - very complete, easy to use and amazingly fast. For Linux machines, Clonezilla is a good solution to clone and restore full drives. Usually I copy the backups to an external USB SSD drive, far more reliable than the USB HDDs. In case of failure, you can recover a machine in a fraction of the time that takes to rebuild it from scratch - just make daily backups (incremental).
I do it on a clean Install only Drivers and just Backup a current State. if i install something or i decide to make a Backup
I have a freenas box with raid 1.
I back my mac's automatically using timemachine and a AFS share in the NAS box, for my win and linux desktops I have a plain smb share.
I used to have a nfs mount on my linux machine but there were some stability problems so nowadays I just rsync to a smb share.

There are two parts to this backup thing ... are we talking about backing up the OS or the data? Cause, they are very different, and require different strategies. I have not made any backup of my OS for months (but I do restore it quite frequently). I backup my data everyday. Doesn't everybody? Smile

OS backup

The prep below sounds complicated. But in use, life is easy for me. I have one computer that gets infected with virus very often (because it is used by customers, who bring their own flash drives). Every time that happens, I run a program that automatically restores the OS. The program asks for no input. I run it, go get coffee, and 5 minutes later, the computer is good as new. It's my own "restore to factory default", but instead, restores the computer to exactly how I want it to be, everything already set up, and it is ready to use. My other computers, require OS restores less often, but when they need it, it is extremely easy to do.

Before I can do this, of course I have to plan in advance, by splitting the hard disk into different partitions. The OS goes to partition c:, d: is for the swap file, data goes to e:, f:, g:, etc. Never save anything to c:. Size the partitions according to need. How big c: needs to be depends on the OS (Win7-32, about 20-30GB. XP-32, about 8GB). It should not be too big, because we will then need more space to store the backup itself, and both the backup and restore process will take longer because there is just more stuff to copy.

I install Windows to c:, install all the drivers, configure and tweak the computer to exactly how I want it, install my "essential programs", turn off system restore, delete all unnecessary stuff, empty the recycle bin, defrag the hard disk, and make an image backup of c:.

The backup/restore is done by a Linux program called partimage, called by a simple short shell script. Use either grub or partimage to select which partition to boot to. Semaphore files indicates to the shell script whether to do a backup, a restore, or just start bash.

Even if you don't have my somewhat complicated set up, you should consider separating the data and OS. Saving stuff in "My Documents" in c: is just asking for trouble. At some point, if your computer cannot run properly and you need to reinstall Windows, it would be extremely difficult to try to figure out exactly how you get all the data off before you reformat that hard disk. Especially if you do not have a second (working) computer to do this on. If all the data is on a separate partition, you can just reformat c: at any time.

Data backup

The data backup is based on btsync (now called Resilio Sync). It is nearly completely automatic. If I edit any file, it would automatically get synced to the other computers. I go to work, all the files I need are there. I go home, they're all there and up to date. When a project is finished, I zip them up to reduce the file count (when file count goes to the high hundreds of thousands or millions, syncing slows down and consumes more resources), and move them to an archive folder (which is also synced between 3 computers for backup).

However, some files that change very rapidly while I'm working on them are not suitable to be synced this way (because Internet speed is not unlimited, and the sync program could cause locking problems). For these, I make a working copy on my hard disk. At the end of the day, I run FreeFileSync to mirror the working copy back to the sync folder.

Note that FreeFileSync is different from btsync in that it syncs between two folders on a single computer. btsync is a cloud sync program like DropBox, but without the server and without capacity limits. It also automatically does a sort of versioning by moving old versions of files to a special location.

For cloud sync to work properly, you must ensure that all your computer clocks are accurate, and set to auto-sync to a timeserver. If they go too far off, you could have data loss. Eg you edit some stuff at 4:50pm, go home and continue your work at 5:50pm, but the clock is two hours off and it actually says 3:50pm. The sync program looks at the timestamps on the file and gets confused as to which is the newer version and which one you want to keep. It will keep the other version in the backup location, but you may not notice the problem and so don't correct it until after you've zapped the backups to reclaim hard disk space.

And of course, you don't sync everything. Only stuff you want to backup. For example, I don't sync 5GB movies I downloaded to watch, because that'll choke up my rather slow Internet connection for hours. We can set bandwidth limits on btsync, but that will only mean the stuff we want to sync will take longer to sync up, if there are a couple of extra large multi-GB files in the queue. If I really want to have those large files at work and at home, I copy them to a portable hard disk and hand carry them.
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The best way of backup your data is a good software which can backup and restore your desired data after system errors and refresh your PC or uninstall and reinstall of Windows OS. EaseUS Todo Backup is a good option to use without any knowledge or special work , Easy to use with user firendly interface with Free or Pro for more option of recovery.
On mac os that task is really easy to perform and you can easily do it every month or even week if you have time. You only need a external drive + time machine and you have all set. I think apple on that really took the hard work from users and make the task easier.

When I use windows pc ( a long time ago) that task was always much harder.. lot of search for the right software and sometimes having backups on some of the software there was something corrupted or could go wrong.

My experience on mac os on that is the best, since everytime I need to recover from just one unique file, set of files or the complete backup. Time machine allows everything to be done quick and safe. The ability to just search from data and name across time of backups and just get that file is something really great. Feels natural as a backup and you don't need any extra work or software.
I guess complete backups are not a good thing, its probably because of my nature for organizing things separately all the time, it makes me realize how much garbage I accumulate on specific folders inside my computer. I always have a copy of important things in one of my cloud accounts (mostly personal documents), and my playlist, so whenever i need to change something, I immediately sync it with the cloud.

In the past, I used to backup everything, including programs which were updated each few months (but I didn't know it at the time). Those programs became obsolete over time, and the version i had saved was not even the latest, so this was just another proof of how much garbage I had accumulated and served as argument to change the way I organize things.
I go by the following rules.
"if you can't replace it you should back it up".
The frequency of backup really depends on the cost to replace the file/files if they are lost and how often they change.
You should use a offsite location to store you backups.

I Sync One-drive to all my pictures and documents.
I use Acronis to image a vanilla install of my OS as well as for the other 5 computers in the home.
When I am studying I will backup assignments to One-drive and also a thumb drive.
I use Firefox to sync my browser settings.

The only thing I don't worry about is my media server.
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I have used TimeMachine for Mac. It backs up almost every file every hour for a day, a day for a week, and a week for a month.
It will warn you when you have run out of space and it starts deleting old backups.
Hi. I personaly use github premium to store my code and some files, even databases. The thing is that it stores changes so if I ever want to look or combine a previous version of my document then I can merge it. Also it is very "portable" as I can download on the go my very recent files.
I do all my backup via sync cloud. The frequency of backup depends on the usage and type of data you are copying. For my system i scheduled a weekly backup at some idle time to avoid connectivity and/or performance hassle. If you are really afraid of the privacy issues then best is to go old school. But no matter which method you use encrypted drives or cloud storage each has its own vulnerabilities, I prefer cloud over conventional methods as it gives you liberty across platforms with ease to sharability. One suggestion is to carefully read the service terms and privacy policy and their 5/9/14 status as many times big companies like Dropbox violates user data privacy silently. I have seen people cursing service vulnerabilities but not their choices which i see as a responsibility many failed in.
I'm using different kinds of backup. All files are on my NAS for daily use. These files including pictures and videos are periodically stored on a external HDD. This HDD is located in a Bank safe deposit box.

Additionally, the most important files like documents are copied via encrypted rsync to cloud.

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