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I'm upgrading & replacing my [2] 1TB hard drives with [2] 2TB hard drives.

They are single, non-RAID storage drives with the data being moved such that:
1TB(a) -> 2TB(a)
1TB(b) -> 2TB(b)
1. Are file copy programs such as TeraCopy advisable anymore for such a move, or is a simple copy/paste all that's needed/recommended?
I'm working with Windows 7 x64, and my main concern is going through GB of data & hours of time only to run into an error.



I'm also going to be using a third 2TB drive (connected via a USB 3.0 dock) to back up the data from 2TB(a) & 2TB(b). The total data on both drives will be less than 2TB, so a single drive will do.

Aside from the initial backup of both drives, the daily changes to each will typically be +/- several hundred MB or less.

2. What I'm looking for are recommendations on the best software/solution/plan to help with my goal of keeping the backup process safe, simple & as automated as possible.
Again, working with Windows 7 x64

Thanks to all in advance.
Edited by sn0man - 10/11/11 at 3:23am
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yep, teracopy should work. its pretty fast and also offers some advantages over simple copy/paste. you can pause resume at any time you want. you can batch select the process (this comes in handy for such large data transfers, suppose you have selected many files for the copy/paste job and after the job has started you want to cancel the copying of a few files....... teracopy can handle that easily).
Lastly, while doing this, use windows copy/paste for large number of smaller files like a folder with many pics/mp3/scripts. when thats over, then use teracopy to move the larger files. This is the most efficient way to use teracopy.
    
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Lastly, while doing this, use windows copy/paste for large number of smaller files like a folder with many pics/mp3/scripts. when thats over, then use teracopy to move the larger files. This is the most efficient way to use teracopy.
One of the drives is almost exclusively music, with ~100,000 files. Same strategy?
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One of the drives is almost exclusively music, with ~100,000 files. Same strategy?
If the majority of the files are smaller sized mp3s then yes, if majority are large flac files then use teracopy.
    
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I've got all the data moved to the first two drives - now I've just gotta figure out my backup plan.

I see recommendations for everything from Windows 7 Backup & Restore, to SyncBack, to Acronis. Getting the software itself won't be an issue, so cost isn't a factor.

Chime in with what you like / don't like and think would be a good solution for me.
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