Yep, lots of information. But no useful instruction. Here is what is listed in this document on setting up an automated backup;
Each synchronized pair of folders is memorized in a Job. Job also has a set of options that control various aspects of synchronization process. Each Job has a name that is requested when Job is created. When you start GoodSync for the first time, initial nameless job is created for you automatically. GoodSync memorizes list of Jobs and all their parameters per computer. Jobs can be created, deleted, renamed, analyzed and synced. All job commands are in the Job menu.
To create a new Job, select Job -> New.
To switch between Jobs, click Job tab.
Analyze, Sync, and Stop button are related to the current Job.
To delete a Job, select Job -> Delete.
For GoodSync, backup is a regular synchronization that happens to be one-way. Only changed files and file deletions are propagated to backup folder. This is how you setup a backup:
Create an empty backup destination folder. Backup destination folder must not be located on the same disk as source folder. It can be on removable disk (USB disk or portable hard drive) or another computer.
Let GoodSync do the first backup by synchronizing backup source folder to backup destination folder.
After that, whenever you want to backup, just sync backup source folder to backup destination folder.
You can select multiple folders to backup or sync, starting with GoodSync ver 9.
Multiple folder selection is turned into Filters that enforce copying only the selected folders. So to understand what the result of your multiple-folder selection is, look into what Sync Folders are and into Options -> Filters.
(Does this last make sense to you? I couldn't make head nor tails of it. I put it down to having been written by somebody whose native language is not English.)
OK. Just how does one proceed to set up an automatic backup of folders from my wife's computer to the external hard drive on my desktop? Well, to begin with, one has to set the originating folders in the laptop, in Windows, to Share -> Everyone (No mention of this in documentation, nor exactly how one goes about doing so.) Then one has to be aware that one cannot backup the entire Users folder. (Why? I have no idea. But again, this is undocumented). Furthermore, despite the instructions on backing up multiple files, one cannot back up two different folders in the same job ("because these are two different Shares"). Be nice if you were to tell me this, and that it is easily managed simply by creating multiple jobs, one for each folder. Now let's get down to the actual process of selecting files to be backed up. In truth, after countless hours of noodling around, creating and deleting jobs, I still do not fully understand how to do this. When one clicks on the Browse button, one gets a tree structure from which to choose, but this tree has a whole raft of files which do not appear in the Windows Explorer display. Excluding these files suddenly removes most of the files which one does want to backup. Leaving them in causes the software to throw multiple errors, (ascribed by the Help Desk to my "trying to backup the entire Users folder".) None of this process is documented, and no instructions are given as to just how to do the simplest setup.
I will not belabour all the other barriers I encountered. Suffice it to say that the documentation is hopelessly inadequate, and the Help Desk personnel unable to explain what needs to be done. It took 20 email communications (no means of synchronous communication is provided), to get to this point. Getting to the point of a timed backup took a further 34 messages back and forth, and again the issues are undocumented, and the Help Desk are unable to either understand what the problems being experienced by the user are, nor to explain how to fix them. I think that an experenced IT person would probably be able to decipher the instructions, but a reasonably savvy amateur like me will struggle,and an average compute user like my wife would never get through it.