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What options do I have for creating an image of my SSD? I just tried the Windows Backup and Restore option - it worked quite well but it doesn't keep the image in one neat file, rather all over the place on my drive. Is there a program I can use from within Windows that I can schedule to image the whole drive?
Yea...

http://www.overclock.net/t/1227835/how-to-disk-and-partition-cloning-backup-restoration-migration
post #212 of 344
Oh, I missed that one! Brilliant, thanks again Sean biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by johnko1 View Post

Can you explain me what is zfs format?From what I understood it checks the drive for errors so data corruption chance is reduced.I may end up doing raid-5 eventually,that's why I'm asking about it (soft raid)
Still haven't found an OS that suits my needs,some friends suggested freenas or fileserver.What's your opinion about that?
I may buy the hdds early 2013,when the prices fall or stabilise smile.gif
PS.(3tb wd red costs 165 euro here!!)

Searching through this thread I didn't see anyone replying to this with information, so I think I will take a stab at it. Although this comes about 2 months after your posting Johnko1, if you planned on purchasing/setting up your system at the beginning of 2013 I hope this information is still useful to you and can provide some insight.

So, ZFS stands for Zetabyte FileSystem and was developed may years ago by Sun Microsystems for use in their Solaris operating systems. Over the years the functionality of ZFS has not only been expanded to include features such as integarted compression and encryption, but it has always found its way onto other operating systems, most notably Linux and various BSD distributions.

Now, regarding your question as to what it is. Think of ZFS as combining an LVM (Logical Volume Manager) and a filesystem together into the same package. That is, ZFS keeps track of the physical disks and the logical volumes on top of it as well as providing filesystem-type functionality. Setting up a Raid-5 within ZFS is certainly doable, although within ZFS it is called a raidz (or raidz1). I actually have raidz setup on 4 x 1.5TB and a separate raid-mirror (ZFS nomenclature for a Raid-1) using 2 x 1TB disks without any problems.

Aside from the OSes that I mentioned above FreeNAS does appear to support ZFS and certainly seems like a route that is possible. I have not personally used FreeNAS so I can not speak to it.


Hopefully, that has answered your questions. If I ultimately missed the mark, or you have more questions feel free to follow up. I didn't want to get into the weeds, so to speak, with techincal details as I wasn't sure if you wanted that level of detail. I would be more than happy to though if you would like biggrin.gif

Aside from the one link I have posted below, which simply points to the ZFS Wikipedia article, there are some very good blog entries scattered on the web, particularly on the Sun site that can provide some good information. I didn't not have any of these readily handy at the moment, but might be able to find them if there is interest.



References (because everyone loves references):
ZFS (Wikipedia) - Decent article explaining history of the filesystem, progression of features, operating systems that support ZFS, and many additional references for further reading.
post #214 of 344
Finally setup backup for my PC: I'm trying Acronis TrueImage 2013 out and have it set up in the following manner:

128GB OS (SSD) is backed up using Version Chain Scheme onto an extra 1TB drive that I haven't been using. This locks one original full backup and then performs both full and differential backups. The help file mentions that it saves out daily backups for a month and then a full monthly backup up to 6 months back.

2TB PRIMARY DATA (HDD) is backed up using nonstop backup. Which saves changes every 5 minutes to another 2TB drive.

If everything works properly and how I understand it to, this should hopefully provide me with good options to restore my OS if I run into any issues, and also provide me with both a full backup and detailed revision history for my data to protect me from both hardware and human error.

Any thoughts on whether this is a good idea? Anyone run into any issues with Acronis using these two backup methods?

Thanks!
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Sean, First off I want to say great job creating these tutorials! I followed your Windows 7 guide. Now I am trying out Seagates DiscWizard.

Question: I have all my main programd set up. Most used programs are on Intel 240 GB 335 SSD. I install some other programs on my data drive (D:). I also want to attemt to move my user folder to the data drive by useing Symlinks. Will I be able to backup a image of my SSD and if needed use it next time I need rather then a new install of Windows 7? Do I need to include my data drive in the image?

Thanks,
Ken
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BUMP! BACKUP YOUR DATA NOW BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

Opps, i missed some replies. If anyone still needs help now let me know. Sorry. redface.gif
post #217 of 344
Nice guide, as usual.

One suggestion for the Robocopy section: include a /MIR example, too, since that's sometimes more appropriate to use than multiple lines and is easily missed among the dozens of switches.

Also, is there a single page that includes links to your various guides? I've come across them at the top of various forum subsections, but discoverability that way is low. I thought it might be in the pull-down menu, but don't see it.
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post #218 of 344
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Nice guide, as usual.
One suggestion for the Robocopy section: include a /MIR example, too, since that's sometimes more appropriate to use than multiple lines and is easily missed among the dozens of switches.
Also, is there a single page that includes links to your various guides? I've come across them at the top of various forum subsections, but discoverability that way is low. I thought it might be in the pull-down menu, but don't see it.

Can you explain what the MIR switch does?
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Nice guide, as usual.

One suggestion for the Robocopy section: include a /MIR example, too, since that's sometimes more appropriate to use than multiple lines and is easily missed among the dozens of switches.
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Also, is there a single page that includes links to your various guides? I've come across them at the top of various forum subsections, but discoverability that way is low. I thought it might be in the pull-down menu, but don't see it.
Storage essentials thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1227308/storage-essentials-thread smile.gif

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Originally Posted by rseiler View Post

Nice guide, as usual.
One suggestion for the Robocopy section: include a /MIR example, too, since that's sometimes more appropriate to use than multiple lines and is easily missed among the dozens of switches.
Also, is there a single page that includes links to your various guides? I've come across them at the top of various forum subsections, but discoverability that way is low. I thought it might be in the pull-down menu, but don't see it.

Can you explain what the MIR switch does?
The /MIR switch tells Robocopy you want to mirror the two folders, copying all folders (even empty ones) from the source directory and purging folders from the destination if they no longer exist on the source.

I don't like to use the MIR because it copies even empty folders, however that is because i don't need it to or want it to copy empty folders.
post #220 of 344
Super guide. Slowly sorting out my backup system and this has helped loads. Thanks.
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