Hello all. I’m just a simple EndeavourOS user so I do not use the sophisticated backup methods listed above.
What I do is just this: I have four (4) 4 TB external hard drives to which I back up my Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos. I only back up an individual folder when I make changes or additions to a folder/file. Therefore, once I have my Music folder, for example, backed up to the drives, I do not back it up again unless I have made any changes.
I should mention that I also have a few other folders I have created (one is called Temporary) and I will back them up whenever I add or delete anything from them.
Generally I add things to my Documents folder every day so I back that up every day.
I have these four (4) hard drives at home and I have four of them just in case one goes bad. (In all the years I have been using external drives, I have had only one go bad such that it could not be recovered.)
Now in addition to all of those drives, I have one additional 4 TB external drive which I keep in the safe deposit box at my bank. I update that one once every three months (I’ll be copying everything from one of my ‘regular’ hard drives over to the safe deposit box one on March 31.)
Have I ‘fouled up’ anything on my computer or even the regular drives? I certainly have done so - but the safe deposit box drive has always come to the rescue. Thus the most data I could lose would be 3 months’ worth.
Is this an expensive and/or cumbersome way to back up my data? Sure it is. But, like others, I do not trust the cloud. I want my data stored in a safe place that belongs just to me and that I can get access to any time I like. (All of my drives are formatted EXT4 and are fully encrypted.)
This is just what I do and everything I have written here is just my own opinion. However, if it is of some help to anyone, then I’m glad that I wrote it.
Thank you for reading this.