|Best to use a removable hard drive because hardware failures can damage any and all internal components. I use TWO USB hard drives that I switch off when not in use. Using a master surge protector with multiple switches that can be turned on or off individually. |
Windows 7 has a built-in backup program that works just fine for most users.
Find the program under Control Panel> backup and restore.
Is your current SSD partitioned to ONE partition?
For your personal files I recommend using additional measures. Burn photos and music to DVDR media often. Photos are especially important as they can't be duplicated so you should maintain additional copies, preferably off-site.
I have multiple partitions because different files require backup at different intervals. Windows has frequent updates so needs to be backed up more often than your installed programs. Personal files like photos and music are already compressed so they don't benefit much from the additional compression gained from backup programs so simply copying and pasting those items makes sense. You also have easier access to them, should something happen to your primary copies.
If you need more flexibility than the built-in program there are third party programs that offer more features.
Windows can be re-installed from scratch, so backing up is more for convenience than anything else. Some programs came with your computer and can't be replaced so those are more critical. Your personal files are the most important and should be treated as such.
IMO DVDR is the most secure media available and should be used for irreplaceable files like photos and personally created files. These files are generally small so DVDR works fine. Also back them up with everything else.
Hope this covers it for you.