I just got an external hard drive recently, and I'm new to back ups with one. Previously I just saved my documents, and pictures to a flash drive.
I have heard conflicting stories on File History. It is set to ON, and I have backed it up twice. If I understand this right, I have to go to File History, and select system image backup. I did that. But I am not sure if this is replacing the previous File History back up, or making an entirely new one, each time, thus filling up my external hard drive eventually.
I have My Passport, and I do a back up with SmartWare. It does NOT do system settings back ups. So this is one reason to do a File History back up. Now if I am reading this right, File History is not a complete back up, and certainly not cloning your computer hard drive. I could get a free backup software program, and clone my hard drive, but if it clones a virus, or some problem, and doesn't store older clones, that could be a problem. I would like all system settings, configurations, programs, and of course documents, downloads, pictures, videos etc...to be backed up. I do not want to keep my external drive plugged in all the time. I want to do the back ups every few days, and that is it. Could I clone my computer hard drive, AND keep more frequent back ups with the My Passport SmartWare software, plus File History back ups? Or would one or more of these erase, or cause problems with one of these 3 types of back ups? I have 918 GB on my computer hard drive C, with 744 GB free. On the My Passport external drive I have 812 GB free of 931 GB. So I have plenty of room to work with.
Another question is, if you clone your hard drive C, in order to restore, do you have to make a bootable disc too? Sorry for my ignorance, I've never done
backups like this before.