Backing Up Your Stuff in a Hastle-free Way
The program we recommend for this admin-free backing up is the portable version AllwaySync. This program, which you can download from the developers' website for free, is a very robust application mainly used for synchronizing files and folders between a computer and an external device or a server. However, with a very small change in the settings it can be transformed into a backup program and a very efficient one, for that matter. The main drawback is that it does not create archives of the backed up data, which is something that other backup programs do. However, it is usually easier to find and access a file or folder by using the backups created by AllwaySync.
Once you download the AllwaySync installation file (for the portable version of the program), double-click on it to install the software on your PC. Then, select the option for accepting the license agreement and click on the "Next" button. Afterwards, you will be prompted for the folder you wish to install the program. Once you have selected a folder of your preference, carry on with the dialogue boxes and eventually click on the "Finish" button.
Once you start the program you should see a welcoming screen briefly and then the main screen of the program (see image in previous section). The program has a variety of options which it is recommended that you look into before you start using it, in order to make your experience as efficient and as smooth as possible (see image below).
Once you are satisfied with the program settings, you can start creating backup (sync) jobs. It is possible that you manage all your backing up needs with a single job if you configure it appropriately, however it is much easier (especially if you don't plan to use this program very often) to create multiple jobs.
This is particularly useful if you don't backup certain folders very often. Therefore, by dividing your backup task into a series of separate jobs you speed up the whole process significantly. For example, you may want to backup only your documents. By assigning this to a specific job in the AllwaySync program, you tell the computer to look only into your documents folder and back up whatever needs to be backed up in there. Note that the first time you run this job it will take longer than the other times because it will copy everything, then every time after that it will only copy new or changed files.
If you right-click on a job and select the properties option, you will see a screen like the one in the image below. Through that screen you can alter some of the job's characteristics, or add new ones.
This sums up all the stuff you need to know to use this program. If you want to learn more about it and explore its various features, we recommend you take a look at the program's quite detailed help function.