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Hello all,

I am looking for a reliable external hard drive to backup my computer (every day) - 4 TB will be enough for my needs.
I need also a software that will backup all my data to my HD - again on daily basis.
No cloud backup.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.
Cheers
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Originally Posted by mechati View Post

Hello all,

I am looking for a reliable external hard drive to backup my computer (every day) - 4 TB will be enough for my needs.
I need also a software that will backup all my data to my HD - again on daily basis.
No cloud backup.

Any recommendations would be appreciated.
Cheers
Software wise Acronis is an excellent piece of back up software smile.gif
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Software wise Acronis is an excellent piece of back up software smile.gif

Thanks mate, saw acronis mentioned before. I guess ill bite a bullet and try it out.

Now to find a reliable 4 TB external HD...

Hitachi (not sure they make external ones), WD passport, Toshiba?
Edited by mechati - 11/24/17 at 7:47am
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Thanks mate, saw acronis mentioned before. I guess ill bite a bullet and try it out.

Now to find a reliable 4 TB external HD...

Hitachi ?
Personally I use a 6TB Western Digital My Cloud EX2 NAS for backups since my whole P.C is in a Raid 0 configuration, Acronis can back up to a NAS by the way smile.gif
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Personally I use a 6TB Western Digital My Cloud EX2 NAS for backups since my whole P.C is in a Raid 0 configuration, Acronis can back up to a NAS by the way smile.gif

Fancy enclosure. I do not need cloud backup though.
Was thinking about something like that:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=0VN-0003-000Z5
nice see through enclosure - I will put HD in there and ready to backup.

For the drives I am considering at the moment:
HITACHI 0F14681 Deskstar 7K4000 4TB
HITACHI 0F14683 Ultrastar A7K4000 4TB
Toshiba X300 4TB
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Fancy enclosure. I do not need cloud backup though.
Was thinking about something like that:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=0VN-0003-000Z5
nice see through enclosure - I will put HD in there and ready to backup.

For the drives I am considering at the moment:
HITACHI 0F14681 Deskstar 7K4000 4TB
HITACHI 0F14683 Ultrastar A7K4000 4TB
Toshiba X300 4TB
Its not actually cloud back up they just call it that, there is an app for it that allows me to access my files from my phone when Im not home, not sure how good the Hitachi drives actually are as I have never used them smile.gif
Edited by scracy - 11/24/17 at 8:20am
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Its not actually cloud back up they just call it that, there is an app for it that allows me to access my files from my phone when Im not home, not sure how good the Hitachi drives actually are as I have never used them smile.gif

Got it.

Just found the WD My passport 4 tb on amazon for $ 100. might just do that.
Thanks all for the input.
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Got it.

Just found the WD My passport 4 tb on amazon for $ 100. might just do that.
Thanks all for the input.
No problem hope it all goes well for you thumb.gif
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If it's something you want running 24/7 you want better harddrives, probably NAS-grade at least. If it's just going to be stored for most of the time and only pulled out once a week, anything goes.
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Assuming you have your System files (OS, programs) on one drive or partition and your data on another drive or partition, I recommend full imaging using Macrium Reflect free for the system files and a folder/file syncing program, such as FreeFileSync, for backing up data. (Note: FreeFileSync sometimes gets false positives from antivirus and antimalware programs. It does NOT contain any malware! It may be necessary to turn of the offending program long enough to download and install FreeFileSync, then turn the offending program back on and run a security scan).
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If it's something you want running 24/7 you want better harddrives, probably NAS-grade at least. If it's just going to be stored for most of the time and only pulled out once a week, anything goes.

I do not recommend running a backup drive 24/7. Doing so exposes the drive to the same dangers, such as viruses, human error, etc. that can take out data on the computer. The backup drive should be connected to the computer only while updating a backup. Otherwise, it should stay powered down, disconnected from the computer, and stored away from the computer.
     
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