This may sound easy to an expert, but I'm not quite sure and can't seem to find a well-spelled-out answer online, so....
I just installed the free version of Aomei Backupper Standard and it lists the following backups:
System Backup - "Backup Windows and create an image of system partition"
Disk Backup - "Backup hard disks to an image file"
Partition Backup - "Backup partitions or dynamic volumes to an image file"
File Backup - "Easily back up files and folders to an image file"
My feeble understanding is this: I have a computer and maybe an external hard drive or two. Internally, the computer has an operating system which is made up of a lot of techie stuff I don't understand. As long as it works. Then I have programs and files/data generated by those programs (or ones I've bought to use} and usually put into folders. If this is correct, all I want is some simple way to back up this stuff! (I do understand the "incremental backup," which seems to be straightforward.)
So what do I need to do to keep it simple, simple, simple, and just back my stuff up to a BIG external hard drive and maybe to the so-called Cloud just as an extra level of safety?
I know it's old and maybe a little trite, but I have to say it: this question falls into the category that is best described by the saying "Just tell me what time it is, don't tell me how to build a clock!"