Can someone please help me understand the best way to backup my User Identity folders. For my regular backups of my personal files I use Goodsync. However, when I try to use Goodsync to backup the folders under C:\Users\My Identity\ I get hundreds of errors, saying that the folders or files cannot be accessed. I've done some online searching, and found posts that say that you can't backup User identities simply by copying the files to an external hard drive, because Windows locks many of them while it is operating. I have tried using the Windows "Backup and restore" function, selecting only my own identity and unselecting "Include a system image of drives: (C:)". It took forever, and I had to leave it running over night. In the morning I found a message waiting for me saying that there was not enough space on my external hard drive for the backup. I can't understand this, as the size of my C:\Users\My Identity\ folder and subfolders is 23.9GB and there was over 320 GB free space on my external hard drive (which the backup process had filled).
I would really appreciate some advice on how to quickly and efficiently back up my User Identity files on a regular basis. If this means paying for software, that's fine (as long as it is affordable and not aimed at businesses).
I run Windows 7 64 Home Premium.