Looking for recommendations setting up a(n) (incremental) backup routine at home on a few external drives

Cyanide2x4

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I have a main 6TB external drive which I use every single day. I also have three other 2TB external drives. I want to set up an incremental weekly backup procedure for that 6TB drive on the three 2TB drives.

I have been doing my incremental backups manually and irregularly up to this point (simply by manually checking what has changed on the 6TB drive and then locating the appropriate directory on the relevant 2TB drive and then copy-pasting the new data), but I have really grown tired of the whole procedure.

What is the best way to automate this? Naturally, the backup should happen "on-request", as I do not have all of my drives connected at all times and I intend to do incremental backups once or twice a week. I do NOT need file versioning and history.

I have looked into Acronis True Image. It certainly sounds promising, but I am not sure whether it would be capable of dividing the backup automatically to three separate drives. On the other hand, I am not sure whether image backups would be my best bet. Wouldn't normal file backup do better? Furthermore, is it even worth paying for when there are freebies doring the same, such as EaseUS Todo?

Finally, is there an automated way to compare the contents of two drives every once in a while? i.e. ensure that everything on two drives is absolutely identical (e.g. directory structures, file attributes, checksums, file sizes, etc.)
 

androbourne

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I use Veeam Agent for Windows.

My back routine is just backing up to a 6TB NAS daily set with a 14 day retention. I then use the internal backup program on the NAS to copy the backup from NAS to 2x external hard drive I use on a rotation.

For you though. Just use Veeam Agent for Windows and backup to 2x or more external drives for a backup rotation. This is easily done by plugging in one drive, then register the device, unplug it, plug in the new drive and register the device again inside of Veeam Agent.

Just dont forget to create a Veeam Recovery ISO as well and place a copy of it on each external disk just to be safe.
 

androbourne

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I've used use Acronis as well but was actually not impressed with its recovery ISO CD.

Depending on the version of Acronis and BIOS. I always have hell of a time getting it to work properly with UEFI. Half the time it works, the other half the CD wont even boot. I've tried using versions 15, 16 and 17. Acronis seems to have issues determining UEFI vs Legacy can be a pain.

I mainly only use Acronis now for cloning disks and thats it.
 

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