Posted 26 October 2014 - 09:51 AM
My advice is have as many backups as possible. With system image like backups, keep your oldest and newest ones. those in the middle can be got rid of, as the oldest ones are most likely not to contain infections and the newest contain the system configuration that is most similar to how you have it now (i assume you are happy with it in it's current state). You don't need many system image backups, just an old clean one incase of later malware infections and one or two up to date ones. You only need to make anew system image backp after making a significant change to your system settings or installed programs, and onyl then if you think that change has gone well a few weeks after making it. With backups of files, these are more important and should be made more regularly. Old ones should not be written over but new ones made on new drives, there are some free online services you can use for backups, there are also plenty of simple USB flash drives for sale and external harddrives that work on the same USB "copy and paste files across" principle. Backps of personal files (documents, video, audio, images, zip archives) only need creating when you change something, you should create more than one backup of these files at any point. WHen you change an important personal file (one that you put a lot of work into, one you find really useful and valuable, something you downloaded from the internet that took ages to find, something you downloaded from the internet that is no longer aviailable online) put one backup of it onto a removable drive (usb, cd-rw, dvd or external harddrive) and one into an online service (like saving as an attachment within an email account). Don't use a tool to make regular backups, do it yourself, make some time in which to do it.
Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.
My systems:2 laptops, intel i3 processors, windows 8.1 installed on the hard-drive and linux mint 17.3 MATE installed to USB