Best backup program with my wants considered

I can't seem to find a good backup program that is NOT a cloud service.  I use Acronis for my normal system back up and that is fine, but I want something that will backup other files that is NOT encrypted or in a proprietary file type, etc. but is a file for file backup.
Most importantly, I want a backup program that can backup ONLY new or revised files and leave the others alone.  

For example, when I backup My Documents, I want the backup program to backup ONLY new, changed or revised files.  So if I drop and drag my entire My Documents folder over manually, it will ONLY backup the new, changed or revised files.  I would also like it to be able to be setup to do this automatically.  Another "want" would be for this backup program to be as USER FRIENDLY as possible.
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
Not sure why you would want the files to be un-encrypted but it sounds like you want to just have a copy rather than a backup. You could use just a script to just copy all changed files but it isn't really a true backup. You could just do a robocopy with a /b option which will do a file copy and copy only changed files but it's not a backup program it's a file copy.

I would suggest veeam to do your backups but it does use it's own file type. Again not sure why that is a problem. But veeam will do on site backups and do only backup change blocks.
CESNetwork AdministratorCommented:
take a look at SyncToy from Microsoft.  It's more a method of copying files but it may do what you need.
ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
The only back software I trust is Macrium Reflect. It is very simple to use and has a free version however, you can only do full backups with the free version so to do incremental backups (backup ONLY new or revised files) you would need to purchase the full version. You can also create a recovery disk in case your computer gets a virus or has to be rebuilt. It takes maybe 15 minutes to fully restore your computer after a crash. I have used many backup programs and this one works how it is supposed to.

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ArtG2521Author Commented:
Will look into Macrium and report back.
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
In some cases I use a script using xcopy.  For example when copying files from one location to another within one computer in order to make the data more accessible on the network.

Otherwise, we've been using Second Copy.  It does everything that you've described and can send emails at completion of a backup "profile" / job.
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
FWIW, some of the suggestions above use binary, encrypted formats, which is not what you want. That said...

Although there are other free, open source products on, here's a popular one that's easy to use and with great features like Versioning and Batch jobs. It also was awarded Sourceforge “Staff Pick” Project of the Month.

FreeFileSync helps you synchronize files and folders. It is designed to save your time setting up and running data backups while having nice visual feedback along the way... its main purpose is to speed up backup operations by examining the differences between source and target folders... without using any cloud services...

According to the program's author, he has "... not yet seen faster synchronization software". And "...If something is not right, be it software design or source code, it is fixed, no matter how small or insignificant".
ArtG2521Author Commented:
Cool.  Thanks everyone.  Let me look into these and report back.
ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
Macrium Reflect by default is unencrypted unless the user wants to use it.
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
> Macrium Reflect by default is unencrypted unless the user wants to use it.

It's my understanding the question doesn't want proprietary file formats, and that  Macrium Reflect will only create backup files in its own proprietary image file formats
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
Second Copy doesn't use proprietary file formats.  What you start with is what you get.
It will keep backed-up files even after they've been deleted from the source.
It only backs up what's new/changed.  So backing up large numbers of files takes more time to make the list than it will take to back up.  The worst cases that I have take maybe 15 minutes and most take but a few seconds to a couple of minutes over a network.
It will keep older copies of files up to a selectable number in an archive folder - zero is a fine selectable number too!
Wells AndersonCEOCommented:
Fred Marshall made an excellent suggestion by referring to Second Copy. Take a look at the screenshots.

I have often recommended SyncBack from 2BrightSparks, but it is both more expensive and much more complicated. I really like SyncBack for all the control it gives to techies. But for a simpler approach, Second Copy looks like a good fit for your needs.

SyncBack can run continuously while Second Copy needs to run on a schedule. Both, of course, can be set to sync only new and changed files, retain old versions, and retain deleted files, or not.
ArtG2521Author Commented:
Thanks everyone!  I'm leaning on Macrium and then maybe Second Copy.  Macrium offers 12 months of PHONE support (rare these days) and was very pleased when I talked to their support to ask technical questions. Apparently, you can mount the backup image in Macrium and simply drag and drop backed up files.  This gets around any proprietary problems.  I'm going to try trial versions of both.
ITSysTechSenior Systems AdministratorCommented:
Your welcome. You can't go wrong with Macrium, we have been using them for years.
Fred MarshallPrincipalCommented:
You have me curious.  How does Macrium get around proprietary file formats by giving drag and drop capability?
ArtG2521Author Commented:
I haven't installed the trial yet, however, you can ask Macrium directly at:
ArtG2521Author Commented:
Yes, but if I can mount the image and drag and drop my file back onto my main hard drive, I'm good.  But seriously, I just installed the trial and so far, I'm liking it.  The interface is fairly simple, easy to use and straightforward.  And you can't beat QUALITY phone tech support. We'll see as I evaluate more.
Wells AndersonCEOCommented:
While ArtG2521 originally wanted to avoid proprietary backup formats, he found out that you can:
... mount the backup image in Macrium and simply drag and drop backed up files.  This gets around any proprietary problems
In his original question he emphasized USER FRIENDLY in all caps. I can attest that Macrium is friendlier that all the other suggested solutions. He also found out that Macrium has great telephone support.

So, as experts, let's be understanding if a question from a non-expert gets modified in the ensuing discussion. Isn't that what we all want here - to learn from each other? I'm sure we've all had experiences where users describe what they think they want and then learn, from us, that there is a better, different solution.

Perhaps @NVIT was a bit exasperated by offering a solution that responded directly to the question and then seeing that a suggestion for a proprietary format - Macrium - was chosen as Best Answer. By the way, I like FreeFileSync, but not for versioning. It stores all the bytes of every version rather than just the changed blocks, so it can consume a lot of drive space. Also, it does not have an easy or graceful way to "turn back the clock" to a time before, for example, a ransomware attack.
ArtG2521Author Commented:
Thank you Wells as I appreciate your wise advice as I felt the remark made by NVIT was not appropriate and your comment reflected my thoughts as well.  I have been a member of EE for over 10 years and have always received exemplary help.
ArtG2521Author Commented:
As an additional note, I completed running with the trial version and, being pleased. have since made the actual purchase.
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