Quote: Originally Posted by CC123
Well, If I go and do file by file backups is there even any need for windows backup then? I mean could I just dump my music, movie and anime folder into the drive every once a week instead. Any downsides to that?
File by file backups won't help you restore Windows with an image if you want to be able to do that. File by file backups are good for data backup, not restoring Windows.
The only downside is if Windows fails completely, you have to reinstall it--you have no image. But you still do have System Restore, which can bail you out of many tight spots. Not as good as an image, but way better than nothing. Imaging isn't foolproof either. File by file backups are almost foolproof---much less likely to go bad because you have not added the complexity of imaging.
That's a perfectly sane way to operate. You have backups of the important stuff. If Windows fails, you reinstall it. No problem as long as you have a Windows disc. It takes a few hours to get a basic install up and running and maybe longer to reinstall all of your apps.
Yeah, you could just manually copy your music, movie, and anime folder periodically. Or you could get a file by file backup program that will do it for you----Synctoy, Second Copy, Cobian, etc. No image involved. You poke one button and it backs up anything that is new or changed since the last backup.