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Backing up my system - Whats best option?

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Hi peoples,

I have a spare 120gb SSD and I think its best use for me will be as a windows back up partition or something like that. Basically Ive just now finished re installing everything for the New CPU and Motherboard combo and would like to save this exact setup in case I have any errors or windows 7 failure etc. I've never done it before and I see all the different options I can choose but unsure whats the best way to go about it.
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The easiest way is to use the feature in Windows 7 and make a recovery disk to boot from. I would not however use that SSD for that, complete waste of an SSD. Just use a regular external HD that you use for other backups.
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same as above
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back up to a SSD? Ewwww! Use something else for that. 120GB for back up is kinda small isn't it? lol

You have that seagate drive, you can use acronis true image free from seagate because of it. use that to make a system image of your OS routinely and backup your personal data with it or use something like free file syc to backup the personal files.
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back up to a SSD? Ewwww! Use something else for that. 120GB for back up is kinda small isn't it? lol

Depends on how much data worth keeping you actually have. I've got terabytes worth of data but only around 100GB of that is truly irreplaceable. I think cloning his Windows 7 clean install to the 120GB SSD is a great idea. In case something goes borked on his current SSD, he can just swap in the 120GB and he's back online.
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Depends on how much data worth keeping you actually have. I've got terabytes worth of data but only around 100GB of that is truly irreplaceable. I think cloning his Windows 7 clean install to the 120GB SSD is a great idea. In case something goes borked on his current SSD, he can just swap in the 120GB and he's back online.
Ive never done it before and though how good would it be to go back to when you first installed everything. No more putting disc in and typing in serials numbers etc. All my personal stuff is saved to the 2tb and the programs on my C: drive access them.


This is why I want it mainly -

Oh No! My C: drive has to many spam ware and viruses or that 326.19 nvidia driver currupted my SSD. Thats ok I will just put The "Back up SSD" in and start windows like normal then copy that working copy back to the 512gb and start again like nothing happened.
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Oh No! My C: drive has to many spam ware and viruses or that 326.19 nvidia driver currupted my SSD. Thats ok I will just put The "Back up SSD" in and start windows like normal then copy that working copy back to the 512gb and start again like nothing happened.

Windows is a complicated beast so you're going to have to do a full image restore of your OS partition. Great if you want to restore the system to a clean install with your base programs. Not so great if you actually have programs and settings from your current system you want to keep. A clone is good for those "Oh, noes! My Vertex 4 512GB won't boot" type of situations, though.

Of course, you could update the clone every month or so so you have an updated copy of your OS that you can just swap in place. This is one of the reasons why I partition my SSDs (at least once I started getting 480+GB). Saves on backup space and makes recovery easier.
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