Need to replace my backup software solution


rpetruzz

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I got notice from the vendor (Novastor) of my backup software that the price is going from $85 a year to $150. A bit steep for me. They're adding cloud storage, which is something I don't need.

My need is simple... I do differential copying of changed files from my Synology NAS to stand alone backup drives. I have multiple differential backup jobs that run on schedule each night.

I don't want syncing backups which delete files on the backup drives that are deleted from my NAS. Only differential copying of new and changed files. Pretty simple stuff.

I don't need imaging backups though I'm aware that most backup software does that.

Three of my local backup drives remain on site as a just in case I need them. One local backup drive gets rotated to my local bank's safe deposit on a regular basis.

I know of Macrium Reflect and I'll be looking into that product. If there are any others that I should consider I'd be grateful to know of them.
 
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I know of Macrium Reflect and I'll be looking into that product. If there are any others that I should consider I'd be grateful to know of them.

IMO , no, I have been using Macrium for years and would probably never use or trust anything else.
 

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My need is simple... I do differential copying of changed files from my Synology NAS to stand alone backup drives. I have multiple differential backup jobs that run on schedule each night.
I don't want syncing backups which delete files on the backup drives that are deleted from my NAS. Only differential copying of new and changed files. Pretty simple stuff.
I don't need imaging backups though I'm aware that most backup software does that.

You could see if Karen's replicator will do what you want.


Karen's Replicator copies selected files from one drive/folder to another. Source and Destination folders can reside anywhere on your network.

Options include:

  • Repeated copies at intervals as short as a few minutes, or as long as several months

  • Copying only the files that have changed

  • Removing folders and files from the destination if they have been deleted from the source

  • Ability to exclude files, specifying which files should not be copied

  • Ability to exclude days, specifying which days a job should be skipped
Obviously dont select the third option above.
 

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    xfx pro 450
I was just looking at Macrium, which I do own, for drive management purposes and when setting up my backup it appeared to me that Macrium creates a "backup set". I haven't run this backup test yet, but I'm wondering if you can use Windows Explorer to see individual files in the set? I wouldn't want to have to start up the backup software just to retrieve an individual file. With my current solution it is just a straight file copy and all files on the backup drive are visible just like they are in the source drive.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro X64 - always current.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING
    Memory
    Corsair DDR4-2132 4x16gb Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080TI
    Sound Card
    On motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - NEC PA241W
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    1 - WD_BLACK 1TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
    1 - WD_BLACK 2TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
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    850 Watt Corsair® RM850x 80+
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    Windows Defender
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 - always current
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    Manufacturer/Model
    Maingear Element
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 9750H
    Motherboard
    Intel LAPQC71B
    Memory
    32gb - Kingston DDR4 1333 Mhz Dual channel
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
    Sound Card
    On board
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    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    2tb INTEL SSD PEKNW020T8
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    Spectrum 300mbps
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SIW2...
Thank you I'll look into this
 

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    Windows 11 Pro X64 - always current.
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    DIY Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING
    Memory
    Corsair DDR4-2132 4x16gb Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080TI
    Sound Card
    On motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - NEC PA241W
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    1 - WD_BLACK 1TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
    1 - WD_BLACK 2TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
    PSU
    850 Watt Corsair® RM850x 80+
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    Corsair 7000D AirFlow
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    Corsair iCUE H150i Elite CAPELLIX XT Liquid CPU Cooler
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    Microsoft Sidewinder
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    Logitech
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    Spectrum - 300mbs
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    Chrome
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    Windows Defender
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 - always current
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    Laptop
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    Maingear Element
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    Intel Core i7 9750H
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    Intel LAPQC71B
    Memory
    32gb - Kingston DDR4 1333 Mhz Dual channel
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
    Sound Card
    On board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2tb INTEL SSD PEKNW020T8
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    On Board
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    Windows Defender
it appeared to me that Macrium creates a "backup set". I haven't run this backup test yet, but I'm wondering if you can use Windows Explorer to see individual files in the set?
Yes, if you have Reflect installed on your PC then you can mount a Macrium image (.mrimg) or a Files and Folders backup (.mrbak) as a virtual drive that you can explore with File Explorer. Just double-click on your image file. Make sure you tick the box for 'Enable access to restricted folders'. You should then be able to open or copy any of the documents in that image.

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    Windows 11 Home
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    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
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    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
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    8GB
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    Radeon Graphics
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    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
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    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
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    Edge, Firefox
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    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
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    Dell Lattitude E4310
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    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
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    0T6M8G
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    8GB
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    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
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    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Beta as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.

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I use SyncBack Free to backup my files along with Hasleo to back up the system.

It takes some fiddling to set up the SyncBack backup profile(s) initially. Then it can be scheduled or one click backups of your data.
 

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    Home Built
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    Ryzen 5 5600G
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    Gigabyte B550 Aorus Pro AC
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    Ripjaws 2x8GB 3600
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    CPU internal
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    Sharp LC-32D64U
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    1920 x 1080
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    WD_Black SN770 250GB
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    Antec Earthwatts 380w
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    Antec Sonata
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    Scythe Mugen
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    Microsoft KU-0459
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    Windows Defender
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    Low noise, low power dissipation
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    Home Built
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    AMD 5350
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    ASUS AM1I-A
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    8GB
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    Dell
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    1920 x 1080
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    Kingston 120GB SSD
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    Antec Earthwatts 380W
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    Antec NSK 3180
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    AMD
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    Dell
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    Dell
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    440/20
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
GadgetBuilder.......
Thank you.. I'll look into that too.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro X64 - always current.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING
    Memory
    Corsair DDR4-2132 4x16gb Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080TI
    Sound Card
    On motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - NEC PA241W
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    1 - WD_BLACK 1TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
    1 - WD_BLACK 2TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
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    850 Watt Corsair® RM850x 80+
    Case
    Corsair 7000D AirFlow
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    Corsair iCUE H150i Elite CAPELLIX XT Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Sidewinder
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    Spectrum - 300mbs
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64 - always current
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Maingear Element
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 9750H
    Motherboard
    Intel LAPQC71B
    Memory
    32gb - Kingston DDR4 1333 Mhz Dual channel
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
    Sound Card
    On board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2tb INTEL SSD PEKNW020T8
    PSU
    On board
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Fans
    Mouse
    TeckNet
    Keyboard
    On Board
    Internet Speed
    Spectrum 300mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
IanMosley.........
Thank you for that suggestion
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro X64 - always current.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Build
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG STRIX X570-E GAMING
    Memory
    Corsair DDR4-2132 4x16gb Dual Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080TI
    Sound Card
    On motherboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - NEC PA241W
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1200
    Hard Drives
    1 - WD_BLACK 1TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
    1 - WD_BLACK 2TB SN850X NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280
    PSU
    850 Watt Corsair® RM850x 80+
    Case
    Corsair 7000D AirFlow
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i Elite CAPELLIX XT Liquid CPU Cooler
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Sidewinder
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    Spectrum - 300mbs
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro X64 - always current
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Maingear Element
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 9750H
    Motherboard
    Intel LAPQC71B
    Memory
    32gb - Kingston DDR4 1333 Mhz Dual channel
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max Q
    Sound Card
    On board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2tb INTEL SSD PEKNW020T8
    PSU
    On board
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Fans
    Mouse
    TeckNet
    Keyboard
    On Board
    Internet Speed
    Spectrum 300mbps
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
Look no further than Macrium Reflect. You can schedule backups of whatever partitions you choose and mount any partition as a virtual drive to extract selected files / folders. Reflect is very reliable and has never let me down.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self build
    CPU
    Core i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Plus WiFi Z790
    Memory
    64 GB Kingston Fury Beast DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G
    Sound Card
    Realtek S1200A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VP2770
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Kingston KC3000 2TB NVME SSD & SATA HDDs & SSD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNova G2 850W
    Case
    Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Digital Media Pro
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    50 Mb / s
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender

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System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
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    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
I got notice from the vendor (Novastor) of my backup software that the price is going from $85 a year to $150. A bit steep for me. They're adding cloud storage, which is something I don't need.

My need is simple... I do differential copying of changed files from my Synology NAS to stand alone backup drives. I have multiple differential backup jobs that run on schedule each night.

I don't want syncing backups which delete files on the backup drives that are deleted from my NAS. Only differential copying of new and changed files. Pretty simple stuff.

I don't need imaging backups though I'm aware that most backup software does that.

Three of my local backup drives remain on site as a just in case I need them. One local backup drive gets rotated to my local bank's safe deposit on a regular basis.

I know of Macrium Reflect and I'll be looking into that product. If there are any others that I should consider I'd be grateful to know of them.
Hi there
If it's a synology type of NAS server it's presumably got some type of Linux OS in it.

The easiest way of backing up files is to use the built in command rsync. I believe you can get access to rsync via the NAS's DSM control panel. rsync can either delete on destination or not delete -- so you don't have that problem.


If you have any sort of GUI on that server where you can sideload apps on it then a simple way is to install grsync which is the GUI front end for rsync - this makes it a lot easier -- Plenty of options such as only backup new / changed files etc etc.

For backing up changed Windows (user data) files just connect the windows drive to your NAS and run either grsync (if you can install it) or rsync with the appropriate command line. Linux type OS'es can all read / write Windows ntfs files these days by default -- otherwise install ntfs-3g package.

Personally for any type of NAS server I prefer using an ordinary PC with a linux distro on it -- can be even a lowly laptop - but that's another issue BTW.

I keep windows data files and the OS separate and have my windows OS as vhdx files -- I back up the windows vhdx files only before a windows build update or before major software updates - but User data files that I don't have on the cloud I backup to my (Linux based) NAS server regularly.



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As for Macrium Reflect -- I used to use it on Windows for simply imaging the OS every so often -- but since I now use Windows entirely in vhdx files as well as in Virtual machines I don't see the use of Macrium any more if you have a capable non Windows non passive (i.e a computer with an OS in it - not just a stand alone NAS drive) NAS system. (Plus things like rsync and grsync are FREE).

cheers
jimbo
 
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