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Hi, the 2TB External HDD I am using to backup my program(on SSD) and Data( on Segate 2TB HDD) of my Sig Rig is out of warranty, running 50 C and usb 2.0 so I am looking for an alternative.

The same Seagate Baracuda 2TB I am currently using is on sale this weekend for $89.99, so I been thinking about getting it and run it with my current data drive in Raid 1 and backup my SSD on it via Windows backup.

My alternative are:

getting a usb 3.0 2TB WD external for $129.99 or a Segate 3TB external for $118.99 and manually backup my HDD on it while running Windows backup to backup my C drive on both my HDD and extneral.

Is Raid1 the better option for me? Why?
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Get the internal and use it as a backup drive. No RAID.

Or the external.
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Get the internal and use it as a backup drive. No RAID.

Or the external.

OK, I'll get the Segate 2 tb internal and use it as a back up drive.
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I find using both drives internally is the best. I partition both drives in half (performance gain), as drive seeks only have to travel half the drive at most. Also all my master data is on two drives, so even if I forgot to backup for a while, and one drive died, I wouldn't lose everything.

Drive 1 Partition 1 = Data 1
Drive 1 Partition 2 = Data 2 (backup)

Drive 2 Partition 1 = Data 2
Drive 2 partition 2 = Data 1 (backup

I write simple robocopy scripts for backup
http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html

backupD.bat
Code:
robocopy D:\ B:\ /LOG:logD.txt /E /MIR /NS /NFL /NDL /R:1 /W:5 /NP /b /xf *.vob /dcopy:t /xa:hs
attrib -h -s B:\h\d
pause

Where D is the source, and B:\ is the backup drive. Note the exclude attributes (hidden and system), as well as exclude files *.vob

The problem with Raid, is if you get a corruption or virus or hdd failure, you automatically toasted your backup. If you run your own backup monthly / manually, you can verify the correctness of your own data first.

Robocopy is nice, as it gives you statistics on how much files/GB has changed, and optionally can log the changed files..(eg: why is D:\xyz_2010 changing.... )
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post #5 of 9
Try Microsoft's SyncToy or something similar.

RAID is for redundancy and not a backup solution.
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Originally Posted by Xanatos View Post

Try Microsoft's SyncToy or something similar.

RAID is for redundancy and not a backup solution.

The problem with synctoy is speed, generating the hash database files takes forever. Albeit, it provides the 'pro' of being able to detect renames.
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Try Microsoft's SyncToy or something similar.

RAID is for redundancy and not a backup solution.

The problem with synctoy is speed, generating the hash database files takes forever. Albeit, it provides the 'pro' of being able to detect renames.
Have you seen free file sync? i love it. I used to use robocopy till I came across it. And it is much better than Sync Toy...i hate sync toy lol.
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Have you seen free file sync? i love it. I used to use robocopy till I came across it. And it is much better than Sync Toy...i hate sync toy lol.

thanks, will look into it. Although with fast storage, the difference in time is moot. takes 1 hour for robocopy to sync a 2TB drive w/ 100GB of changes. I think it took sync toy over 4 hours.
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Have you seen free file sync? i love it. I used to use robocopy till I came across it. And it is much better than Sync Toy...i hate sync toy lol.

thanks, will look into it. Although with fast storage, the difference in time is moot. takes 1 hour for robocopy to sync a 2TB drive w/ 100GB of changes. I think it took sync toy over 4 hours.
O_o Something is wrong then. Takes me about 20 min to update 100GB.
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