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What's the best free backup software?

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  1. GreggIllinois

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    I just backed up my C:Users folder with Windows 10 File History. It took five hours. Today I added a small folder onto the Desktop and ran the File History backup again. I was delighted that it only took a few seconds, and the file was indeed there on my USB stick. But it was there with that UTC date stamp. All the files have it. I guess I can see the value of the date stamp, but what if I want to put those files onto a different computer? So for restoring onto the same computer, it's great, but really, I'd rather not have it (the time stamp). So my questions:

    1) What is the difference between incremental and differential backup?
    2) What are some really good free backup softwares?

    Thanks
     
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    Thanks a lot, Johnny. I'd already read that link twice and still didn't quite get it. But I read it again and now I'm getting it. And thanks for the SyncBackFree link. I'm checking it out. :)
     
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    You're welcome, Gregg :)

    The Free version has many ways to backup, from simple to complex.
    I prefer the less complex . The less to go wrong, the better just so long as it provides a durable copy of my data.
    My backups in my home aren't encrypted, but stored elsewhere are.
    And I don't do compression, large drives are relatively inexpensive now days.
    Works for me, but not everyone's needs are the same.

    Good luck. :)

    edit: and remember, original paper in a filing cabinet is also a backup :D
     
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    Thanks Johnny. Since you mentioned it I've read about SnycBack and a lot of people say it's really good because of the simplicity. Which I am a big fan of. I downloaded it and I'm going to experiment with it tomorrow. Thanks again.

    PS. Paper?? What's that? lol :confused:
     
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    Hey, Johnny, I checked it out and it's pretty amazing. One thing baffled me, tough--running into this password stuff when I do the scheduling. It's like yeah, a lot of my User files have passwords. Anyway,
    I know this screenshot is written in English, but I'll be darned if I know what it means. Do you?
    schedule.png
     
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    Please post the link next time rather than a screenshot of the link. Much easier to find the issue.

    The mentioned link in the image you posted:
    https://help.2brightsparks.com/support/solutions/articles/43000335849.html


    It's about setting up SyncBack scheduling.
    Remove the blank password restriction ( in SyncBack ) as explained in the link.


    The current computer I use SyncBack on was set up about 8 years ago and I simply don't remember if that was an issue or not :D
     
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    It's a generational thing :D
     
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