Alex411, if you're still listening:
If all you want to backup is movies, pictures, text files - the normal data files, take a trip here and get SYNCBACK.
install, setup profiles for directories you want to backup, then setup a group of profiles and go.
Don't forget to clearly name your external drives, and give them a fixed drive letter, so that Syncback can reliably find the destination.
Changed files and new files will be indicated on the display. Duplicates are indicated as collisions and you can decide if to replace a file or not. All fast and easy.
Later on you can schedule backups if you so wish.
I only use the scheduler for the moment I want to do backup so that my external drives are disconnected and safe.
And I do not ever use mirroring.
To do system images is a whole different story and a different purpose. Here you have Macrium, Acronis, AOMEI, bunch of others.
Don't ever fail to test restores, something not often mentioned on the web. Everybody backs up but if you can't restore, those backups are useless.
Edit: the beauty of Syncback is that the files aren't zipped or encrypted, just like plain copies. So you do not need any external program to see them. And you can intermingle making manual copies into already made Syncback folders. So you get the best of both worlds.
Edited by tos226, 02 June 2016 - 10:58 PM.