So please no “I’m using Sony’s: my first back up and that works fine for me” type of comments.
I’m on Windows 10 and looking for backing up my files, so not system backups (only) software.
I back up to my Synology NAS and I used to use the free version of SyncBack for many many years. But I got sick of it after getting so much errors due to character deviations in file names (not sure how else to call it) in my music collection after every back up job.
Also, they stripped the free version heavily a few years ago so I used an old version which has more functionality.
I tried quite some alternatives years ago of which I can’t remember the names. For the last week(s) I tried:
* Like it very much, lightweight, easy to setup and use, very clear and simple UI, but rather expensive. Which isn’t the biggest problem if this proofs to suit my needs the best.
* Like the idea of the software and the fact that it’s open source, you can access it through a browser and remotely (I assume). This might come in handy when I go travel in the future and want to back up my laptop to my NAS. Although a lot of back up software might have this functionality as well, but I’m not sure/aware about that.
* Though it seems to have quite some bugs since it’s a beta and I don’t know if I want/should (to) trust it for backing up my important files. Furthermore, when you edit anything in a profile it simply doesn’t run anymore. I get the error: Found xxxxx files that are missing from the remote storage, please run repair. And when I click repair nothing happens…
**Acronis True Image 2019:**
* Now through an OEM version that can be upgraded to the full version with discount thanks to a very kind and helpful Acronis rep here on Reddit I can get it for a very very good price. On one hand the deal seems almost to good to pass on, but… I don’t really like these kind of ‘suite’ software programs. They’re often kind of sluggish, do a ton of things I don’t need it to do and so on.
* Also it backups into one file/image and I prefer loose/separate files (so mirror/files in original state) so that I can check immediately on my NAS in my back up if something goes wrong on my PC or vica versa. Also, this kind of software is more for inexperienced/below average computer users I feel. I prefer light weight, does the job that it’s suppose to do kind of software without to many fancy stuff.
* This seems WAY out of my league in terms of setting it up, complexity and basically to extensive and diverse for my type of usage.
So I’m looking for software recommendations from people who preferably are backing up for years as well and (kind of) know what they’re doing. Paid software is no problem if the software has advantages over the average free/open source alternatives.
Thanks in advance! 🙂
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