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There's ultimately 2 machines I need to backup:

a) A machine that ultimately just acts as a NAS. It primarily contains personal files and archived installers, from OS ISOs to full app setups (none of those crappy web installers that spend hours downloading). That gets backed up to two drives: One sitting next to the computer (physically disconnected unless currently synchronizing), the other is sitting at the office and replaced with the one from home once a month.

b) A VM host. The host OS basically contains nothing but the motherboard drivers and Hyper-V, so I don't bother backing that up. The VMs are backed up on another pair of drives, in the same way as described above. The hardware can die - in fact the motherboard was replaced a few years ago - and all I had to do was create new VMs and point them to the existing VHD files on disk. That also takes care of duplicating a working environment elsewhere if I needed to.

My backups are done with robocopy.exe and a batch file (ok, a PowerShell script). I have little trust in third-party software that create files that can't be read without the software that originally wrote them; additionally, the way I see it, incremental backups are at risk if one file in the set gets corrupt. With robocopy, I can browse the file system without relying on any particular software and grab a single file, a folder, or an entire disk. The whole lot gets encrypted with TrueCrypt using whole-disk encryption.

The one thing I don't get is a file change history, but in the unlikely event I ever need to go back to an old version of a file, I have yet another old system that only gets powered on and resynchronized maybe once a year.
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