I don't like backup programs that store their backups in a proprietary format. The added encryption and compression may be useful, but I'd rather be confident that I can access those backups with any program I like, and not be forced to browse my backups with a specific restore utility.
I therefore back up to an external USB hard disk, and also to another internal hard disk in my PC. You probably do something similar too, and you probably use a standard file copy program to do it. Windows Explorer, maybe, or a similar utility that's designed for taking backups and quickly amending the backup if one of the source files changes.
There's even a command-line program (XCOPY) built into Windows that can do this, though it can be tricky to use.
Almost 3 years ago I recommended that you check out a promising new piece of backup freeware called Bvckup (as I said at the time, think of the A as being upside down). The original program has matured hugely in the last 30 months or so, and is now a truly excellent piece of software. It's also up to version 2.
To use Bvckup 2, you'll need Windows XP or later (I used 8.0). It's a 1.5 MB download from http://www.bvckup2.com/ and is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.
After installing it, you'll need to set up 1 or more backup jobs. Just specify the source folder, and a destination folder on your backup drive. The destination folder needs to be empty. You can then specify whether the backup job runs on demand, or continuously in the background.
In my tests, Bvckup 2 is blisteringly fast. Having copied 22 GB of files to a backup folder, I then added one small new file to the source set and re-ran the job. By the time I'd clicked the Go button, the program had located the new file and updated the backup. You can't get better than that.
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