Do you just plug your SSD in and copy over files?
If so when you want to backup the following month do you copy from beginning or is there a way the system detects to just copy newly added work?
Hope this makes sense, clearly a technofobe..I have a SanDisk SSD external device in case that makes a difference...many thanks
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It maybe overkill for your requirements but maybe have a look at Macrium Reflect Free (the free version of commercial backup software). Ive been using it for about 8 years and I'd highly recommend it to anyone. I think they are withdrawing support for it eventually but its probably good for another couple of years at least. (Its got too many features in it that discourages you from buying the full product!)
Macrium allows you to take image backups of whole pc's that you would save on your external SSD or a 2nd Hard drive. So that you can restore the whole pc if necessary or just a few selected files. You can either do a full backup or differential backups (changes since the last full backup). I just tend to do a full backup every time... You can also use the software to do hd to ssd moves / or disk replacements for larger sizes
Each backup is a compressed version of your hard disk file size .....so if you were using 200Gb space on your HD ....each backup would be 130Gb say...depending on the type of files you have...
Remember, however you backup do test your restore procedure otherwise backing up will be pointless if restore fails.
If so you want to be using Windows file History (Just click start and type file history)
I prefer a nice Robocopy script myself with another copy of my data uploading to a couple of cloud services using Syncovery (but thats not free)
You can choose to do it manually - this is why it's not considered a backup up as you can over write files or accidently delete them. I'll assume you are using Windows. There are many tools (many free ones!) and there is even a backup solution built in to Windows that you can configure to automate the process. What solution you go for depends on how much you value your time and your data.
There are plenty of cloud based solutions and this is a slightly better option than using an external hard drive. Why? Well hard drives can be lost, damaged, stolen, run out of storage, etc....
Sadly for me DVDs no longer cut it and Blurays are too slow & expensive, I did use tapes, but again too slow and limited capacity. I use cloud storage for all my pictures and make multiple copies shared across my family's machines. I also have a few hard drives which reminds me I need to take them out of the bank as it costs me a small fortune now (it used to be £30/year for a safety deposit box, it's seems it's about £30/month now!)
The way to approach your data backups is to ask yourself - how important is that data and if your house burnt down would you be able to recover your data?
My mate laughed at me about that last one as he smugly told me all of pictures where in the cloud - he lost his phone and couldn't recall his passwords so he lost access to all his pictures, something worth remembering!
I don't create many offline files any more, so just manually copy them nowadays. (Plus I stopped using Windows as my main machine a long time ago)