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I have two 1.5TB drives in my HTPC we are using for storage. We'd like to have all our music, videos, pictures, etc. cloned to the second drive often, probably nightly. Is Windows Backup the best option or are there other programs that are better I should be looking at? I'd only want files that are new or changed to be copied over.
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Try SyncBack. The free version should do just fine, and if not the paid version is well worth the money IMO.
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I actually installed that and tried it out with a test folder with 3 files. After 15 minutes it hadn't gotten past step 1. :/
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post #4 of 34
Have a look at Macrium Reflect

It has automatic incremental backup.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
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make a raid?
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Originally Posted by ltrevo View Post
make a raid?
+1

RAID1 using 3 HDDs instead of the usual 2 would give you your safest array for minimal outlay. That way you can have 2 drives fail at any time and still have a full safe copy of all data on the third HDD.

Note: although as soon as 1 HDD fails, you're best to get a new HDD to replace it so you always have ability to recover from a double HDD failure


If on the lowest budget, using 2 HDDs in RAID1 will still protect against a single HDD failure.
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post #7 of 34
I was going to suggest Acronis True Image home, but raid would be better.
post #8 of 34
Paragon Drive Backup does the job very well. It got so many features.... Only problem is, it is paid software. It is quite successful in restoring the disk or drive in case of failure. Make sure to create Recovery Disc initially from this software if you want to restore the backup from bootable CD or DVD...
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What are any disadvantages to raid 1? Will it tell me when a drive fails? Can I use a raid setup for these two drives and still boot off my OS drive? How do I setup raid on my HTPC motherboard? Go!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by IEATFISH View Post
What are any disadvantages to raid 1? Will it tell me when a drive fails? Can I use a raid setup for these two drives and still boot off my OS drive? How do I setup raid on my HTPC motherboard? Go!
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...t-happens.html

This was helpful to me when I was looking for RAID 1 info
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