Hi, first post, so apologies if this questions been asked before.
Basically, I would like recommendations for software that will backup specific files, folders and libraries of my designation (not a complete disc cloning tool) to an external hard drive from my laptop.
I would prefer software that runs in the background permanently, incrementally backing up files if changes have been made, rather than only at a specified time or by an action. (Sort of set up and forget type thing) The hard drive is permanently connected to the laptop.
I currently use Livedrive which uses this type of system but backs up to the cloud, but for the next six months I will be without a broadband connection, relying on a mobile broadband dongle, so this is no longer a viable option.
Also, I am more than happy to pay for the software.
I am running Windows 7, 64 bit.
I recently tried using western digitals software which does a permanent incremental update of the sort you want - problem is with this type of software is that everytime you restart your pc it scans all you disc (for changes) and this really hogs cpu (90%!!) for quite sometime, its also tedious to set up while it "categorises" all your files, so I ditched it in favour of Cyberlink Powerbackup with daily backups, tho you could shedule it for every hour I think. You can get a free 30 trial before you buy (£25)to see if it suits your needs.
I also ran acronis for a while, but unless you are after mirroring your whole system its probably OTT (and it failed to restore files when needed!)
I use Freefilesynch or Synchtoy (Google for links) both of which will do what you want for data files.Suggest you group the files into one folder and synch the folder to your HD. For system you need a clone or image - I use Acronis for this.