When you have a few hundred megabytes to backup, you can just replace the folder time and time again. However, this is seldom practical when you are talking a few gigabytes of data.
This is where synchronization software come into play. One software I have been using since a long time to backup my data is called SyncBack.
SyncBack Freeware is a program that helps you easily backup and synchronize your files to: the same drive; a different drive or medium (CDRW, CompactFlash, etc); an FTP server; a Network; or a Zip archive.
Using SyncBack is extremely easy to use. You first need to create a profile. The screenshot above shows a few profiles that I have created. Some of them are a one way backup files between network drives and my laptop folders. Others are synchronizations between pen drives and other folders.
Creating a profile is a simple process. Select if you want to backup or synchronize your files. You can then further customize the profile. e.g. add login details for network drives or choose to delete files that don’t exist in the destination folder etc.
SyncBack then prompts you to run a simulated run. This is to check if your profile is working fine and to ensure that you don’t end up messing up your data.
Henceforth, all you need to do is run the profile to backup your files.
You can also create a group which will contain several profiles. Running the group will run all the profiles within it. This ensures that you don’t need to select each and every profile to run individually.