Quote: Originally Posted by rikkidegraz
What I would like (in my dreams) is a backup program that will simply duplicate all that is on this computer, including settings and passwords, and will backup the minute a file is changed. That way, if the unthinkable happens, I don't have to spend a whole week installing programs, settings and the like.
Also, if I delete a file, I'd like it to be reflected on the external hard drive.
And just to make it perfect, I would like it to be free.
Make a distinction in your mind between your personal data files and Windows.
Use an "imaging" program of some kind to backup Windows. Use a "file by file" backup program to backup your personal data.
You can put these things on an automated schedule, but I would be wary of that until I fully understood the applications. They aren't likely to be fully automatic in real-time.
Imaging candidates: Windows built-in imaging, Acronis, Macrium, EaseUS. All free, except Acronis in some circumstances.
File by file candidates: SyncToy, Karen's Replicator, Second Copy, Windows built-in. All free except Second Copy, which is $30, with a 30 day free trial.
File by file is more reliable than imaging. That's why I wouldn't rely on imaging for my personal data backup, although I know some people do that.