How do I back up to the cloud and add ONLY changed info each week? (Yep, that simple...I hope.)

I have been struggling for a couple of months now with what I thought would be a simple problem.

I have an external drive which I use to store files i use weekly, that obviously change weekly. I want to back the drive up to the so-called cloud so I have a safe (I hope) off-site backup.

Now, here's the important thing for me: I want to be able to EASILY save the data that has changed since last week (and any new files that have come along). Can I "tell" the backup to just change the changed data and add the new files, or do I have to let it fly and back up EVERYTHING, including "re-saving" older files that are already part of the backed-up files?

I've looked at the how-to for a few cloud services and seem to have a talent for choosing the ones that are built BY techs FOR techs...and that's not me. Heck, I wouldn't be offended to be considered just another dumb user!

YOU'RE the expert....so help me, OK?
RadioGeorgeOwner/ProgrammerAsked:
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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
YOU'RE the expert....so help me, OK?

Do I detect a touch of frustration there George? :-)

What you want to do sounds quite easy. A solution I personally use and recommend is Acronis True Image 2019. This solution will do everything you've described.

You just set up an Incremental backup to Acronis Cloud Storage - the first backup created will be a full backup. All future backups will only be changes since the last backup. You can restore your system from, or retrieve individual files from, any incremental backup that you like at any time.

Works very well for me and I'd be happy to help you with configuration if needed.

A large bonus with this solution is that it comes with an excellent Anti-Ransomware protection module that works seamlessly alongside other AV and AntiMalware apps for the machine it's installed on. On my Windows 10 Pro machine, I have Avast Internet Security, MalwareBytes Premium, and Acronis Active Protection all active with real-time protection enabled and zero performance issues.

You can also save the backup to a local external drive as well as the cloud if that's what you prefer, or just save to an external drive. Can be scheduled to run automatically, or set to run manually on demand.

Highly configurable and very reliable in my experience.

Alternatively, if you have already purchased another backup solution, then that's a different story. Please identify which backup software you are using and I'll try to help if I can.

Regards, Andrew

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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Re: Sycnback
If you do need additional features such as cloud backup or cross-platform backups, there's an easy path to upgrade.
Not entirely free :)
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nobusCommented:
sorry, i did not know that- i never use cloud
RadioGeorgeOwner/ProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Andrew--thanks for the info. I see a standard and an advanced subscription on the Acronis page. Which one do you envision as working for me with what I've described?
Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Hi George,

I see a standard and an advanced subscription on the Acronis page. Which one do you envision as working for me with what I've described?

That depends on whether or not you wish to upload your backups to their cloud backup server, or just to an external local drive connected to your computer. Either the Standard or the Advanced options will work for you.

The main differences between the two to consider is that "Standard" is a one time purchase without any included Cloud Server access and no more to pay, while "Advanced" is a yearly subscription fee that includes 250GB of storage on their cloud server.

The included 250GB may, or may not be, sufficient for your needs. If it is, then great and I'd recommend that for you. If 250GB isn't enough, then I would consider the 1TB "Premium" plan, which again is renewable yearly. You can also add Cloud storage as a separate component, but it can work out a little more expensive that way.

Finally, subscribing yearly gives you free upgrades to the latest major version releases of the product whenever it is updated. A purchase of Standard only includes 12 months of free upgrades.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
nobusCommented:
anyway, compare the price from Acronis also with Syncback pro
RadioGeorgeOwner/ProgrammerAuthor Commented:
Sorry to take so long to wrap this up. I'm in the middle of a three week business trip and it's a bit more demanding than I expected. However, I think the suggestions on here will help me get an answer so many thanks to you both!
Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
You're very welcome George, and thank you for returning to close the question. I was happy to help.
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