Local or Cloud backup of our company files currently on SBS2011 server

We have an SBS2011 server and are wanting to backup the company data files and folders (invoices, bills, word documents, pictures, etc) to either the cloud or to a local USB drive.

We currently are using the SBS backup using a USB hard drive but our eventual goal is to drop SBS entirely once the server decides to crash for good.  if it crashes, I don't want to deal with getting a new server in order to install SBS2011 and then use the backup data.

total size of all our data is around 200GB and the backup would have to be done even if the file is being used.

I looked at carbonite for servers but $600 a year seems pricey for what little data we are backing up.  Plus carbonite backs up EVERYTHING and we only want the ~200gb of business files and don't care about anything else in the scope of this question.

Will a Western Digital drive have software on the server that can automatically backup these files?

our exchange mailboxes backup will be on a separate topic question.

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Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
The backup files created by SBS are a standard Windows backup format with a .bak extension.  These files can be read by any version of Windows Backup, so it wouldn't be necessary to have SBS installed in order to restore those files.  Both Windows Server 2012 and 2016 include Windows Server Backup.  It's not installed automatically like it is on SBS, but it is available for installation from the Server Manager console.
intsupAuthor Commented:
thank you for your input hypercat!

when looking at the files on my usb drive dedicated to the backups, the only file types I see are

xml and vhd

I don't see a bak anywhere
Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Sorry - my head was in backup-exec-land!!  Yes, you are correct, those are the formats used by Windows Server Backup. Windows 2012 and above uses a vhdx files. This means literally "virtual hard drive" and is mountable as a hard drive that can then be used to restore files.  To mount, you would go into Storage/Disk Management, right-click on Disk Management and select "Attach VHD."

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intsupAuthor Commented:
thank you hypercat.  windows 2012 is a server.  would we be able to open these files in a non server?   the reason is, once our server crashes, we do not plan to purchase another server.

Hypercat (Deb)Commented:
Yes, although I have not tested this myself, I've seen posts and articles describing how to do this on a Windows 7, 8 or 10 workstation. I would advise doing some research on line and testing this yourself before relying on this as a solution.
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