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In my personal opinion Acronis is the best. It is not free but you do get what you pay for. This software allows for full image backups to a local drive and/or cloud. So essentially this means you get an entire snapshot of your computer and can just restore it back as needed. It is very simple to use which is another big plus. Have a look here:
If you need something free let me know but you can't go wrong with Acronis.
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Yes acronis can back up to a local drive which could be a USB drive. A good free back up program that I used to use is fdbackup: http://www.fbackup.com/
This one doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Acronis however it will allow you to set what you want to back up to a USB drive and also allow you to set it to run automatically at a specific time of day so you do not have to do it yourself.
You could try both and see what you like since Acronis does have a free trial.
FDbackup will backup all the files you tell it to. But it will not do an image backup like acronis would. An image is basically a capture of the entire hard drive so for example if your hard drive died you could install a new hard drive you could restore that image on the new drive.
FDbackup backs up your files and folders so when you set it up you choose what you want backed up, for example pictures, documents, photos.
Just so you know windows 10 does have back up options built in so you could do that as well. Here is an article on set up:
When it comes to back up, you really need to think about how important your data is. For example Acronis is a simple and effective solution but costs around $50 so you need to weight that against the importance of your data. I personally don't mind paying for a software solution as with a paid solution I know I would have support should I need it and that is something you wont get with a free solution. So always best to keep in mind the worst case scenario, like hard drive failure or all your files get locked due to ransom ware virus etc...
So really it is up to you and how much it would hurt to lose data. With a free software it may work fine but if a problem comes up with it you are on your own, with paid you will be able to get support if you need it which can help greatly. Just some things to keep in mind.
5 days to complete? No, that seems extremely long even for a lot of data.
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