Hi Yes, shame on me for not backing up for - I won't admit how long :-/ Myself and "friend" both want to get up to speed on backing up. I had read about the WD auto backup that comes with their external drives so bought one for my friend who has two 8.1 laptops to backup and knows even less about it than I do but has some very important irreplaceable data she needs to keep. I so far am sticking with 7, esp after struggling to help her with some issues on her 8.1. From what I understand, the auto backup type of setup is what we both want, where it backs up anything new or changes to existing files without having to do it manually and does it on real time. Other than that, neither of us needs something with a hundred options that we likely won't use or understand. Keeping it simple to set up is important, too. I suppose a paid backup app is likely to be more trouble free and reliable than any free one, altho I've read good reviews of some free ones, too. Problem is there are always both good and bad reviews of the same app. Would sure appreciate some recommendations. Preferably for free but will do paid if more reliable and easier to work with. She has a 2tb portable external drive and I have a 1tb which is plenty for me. Thanks for any recommendations and any tips that could help us!!