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Ok, settled on a backup routine, but have some factors to consider before implementing. This is for a Samsung notebook with a 256 Gb SSD for C drive and 750Gb HDD for E drive. I also keep a 2Tb USB 3.0 external drive always hooked up via USB 3.0. Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

I also have a 2nd 2Tb ext USB 2.0 drive which I use for archiving, backups of backups, etc. I keep that in a fire safe when not archiving. I've also made copies of most precious data to DVD's and keep at my sisters house. Family pix, vids, legal docs, etc.

All I have installed now is Microsoft Security Essentials, some photo editing programs and lots of free utilities.

I have the movable folders from my user folder(everything but appdata) moved to my E drive.

I don't have games installed yet, but I plan on installing many, including Steam games where I'd like to use GameSave Manager with steam spreader.

Here's my plan, and it would be great to get some feedback as to whether it's a solid one, or if you see any issues with it. I'd also appreciate any input on the order in which to install these apps so that they work with each other in the best possible way:

1- Macrium Reflect Free to do weekly or bi-weekly images of my C drive(the o.s. drive).
2 - Freefilesync to do daily mirror of E drive (Data drive).
3 - Create a folder on E called "Steam", which is, from what I've read, the place to install my Steam Games.
4 - Install GameSave Manager with steam spreader. - I have no experience with steam, so I'm a newb on those programs. From posts I've read, doesn't seem too complicated.

Here's my questions.

-For using Macrium reflect Free, since I have the movable user folders on the E drive, will I need to do a "system image" which would INCLUDE the E drive, as opposed to being able to just do a "system image" for my C drive?

-If I do not have to include E, would you send the "c only system image" to the E drive(my data drive). or just straight to the external USB drive? If I need to include the E drive, I would send the image to my external USB. If I do not have to include E, would my "mirrored system image" from E to external using freefilesync be just as effective, or would it be best to keep it separate? Or, for redundancy, create a C system image to both my E drive AND my external drive?

- I did notice that I have many hidden files still within My User on the C drive (see snip) Does the "My Documents " hidden file belong there or should it be deleted? Any issues with the other hidden files in the same folder?

- If I click Start-Tripod(my User name) I get the 2nd snip. Does this look correct? All the hidden files and folders are shown.

-In what order do you think it best to install and run these apps? I was thinking of 1)installing Macrium 1st, creating a baseline system image, and then 2)install freefilesync, get that program up and running, and then 3)start installing Steam, gamesave-Manager w steam spreader, my games etc.

- For the 2nd 2Tb external usb drive, would simple copy and past from my active external drive to the archive external drive cause any issues with system images if I ever need to use one? Same for the "mirrored data"?

-Last but not least, in searching the faqs and reading instructions for these programs, none of them say anything about preparing your system 1st. My specific concern is "should I leave my system restore settings as is" or should I turn off system restore if I'm using these programs? I have system restore turned on for all my drives now-between 3-12% depending on the drive size.

-Am I leaving anything else out, like the system restore issue? I DO have hibernate turned off completely, and the notebook is set to only sleep if the battery goes under 3%, which is never.
Used most of the tips within Sean's guide for installing Win 7, so most issues covered there are done on this notebook.

Thanks in advance for any and all input! smile.gif
    
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Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor SAMSUNG_NP1234567890 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M 16 GB Memory DDR3 1600 
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SAMSUNG SSD 830 Hitachi HTS727575A9E364 750 GB SanDisk iSSD P4 8GB Slimtype BD/CD ROM E DS6E2SH 
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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit Logitech G-15 Logitech Battlefield 2142 Edition Realtek High Definition Audio 
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