So far I haven’t worried about backing up my system, mainly relying on plain luck. Fortunately, luck has been on my side. A few weeks ago I decided to format my Windows installation because there were issues that I just didn’t want to spend time troubleshooting. That is when the subject of backup came up again. I wished that I had a backup solution in place so I could just format the system without worrying about loosing any data. That’s when I decided to start spending some data analyzing my options and coming up with solutions.
Finally, after a few weeks of little bits of researches, I have found the solution. I played around with rsync, Microsoft’s SyncToy, SyncBack, and a few others; in the end settling on SyncBack. It is simple enough and does exactly what I want to do, a differential-mirror backup. If you are interested in backup solution, make sure to give SyncBack a try, especially since it’s free! 2BrightSparks also has an advanced, paid version called SyncBack SE, and I am still in the process of deciding if I should upgrade to that.