Until recently I backed up my files by just copying them to an external hard drive using the Seagate tool. This was nice, but took way too long.
Now I have setup a Windows 7 backup. This took quite long the first time as well, but now it runs every Sunday evening and is finished before I notice it is really working.
As backup device I am using an external hard drive that is fulltime connected to a media center pc in my garage. That way, if my desktop pc gets stolen or is lost in a fire I still have my backups.
Now I am wondering about a few things...
How safe is this way of backup? Can I trust that everything is going well? Is there a way to check if the backup ran ok? Is there an easy way to check (with a compare tool for example) if all files are actually in the backup?
If I reinstall my computer...can I just create a new backup schedule and save it to the same location? Or do I have to set it up again?
And will Windows automatically manage the data size on the external drive? I do not anticipate my data to grow larger than the external drive, but it may happen...