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I have been reading a lot and I am totally confused on how I want to go about backing up my data, which I never done. *facepalm*

I want to have two 64GB SSD's in RAID0 as my boot/OS drive that will total 128GB, and have a 1TB drive for game/data/programs etc... (Win7)

I want to add a third drive that is 1TB and split it into two partions. A 128GB partition and another that uses the rest of the drive (about 872GB). I want to backup both my RAID0 and 1TB drive onto each respected partition so that if my RAID0 array fails or my 1TB drive fails, I will be able to recover my data from the third drive.

I do not want to run a RAID0+1 or RAID10 as I don't need synchronous backup and am fine backing up once a week-ish.

Can I clone each drive to the respected partitions so that if any of my drives fail I can boot from the single drive with the separate partitions? Or is imaging the way to go and how does that work?
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I have been reading a lot and I am totally confused on how I want to go about backing up my data, which I never done. *facepalm*

I want to have two 64GB SSD's in RAID0 as my boot/OS drive that will total 128GB, and have a 1TB drive for game/data/programs etc... (Win7)

I want to add a third drive that is 1TB and split it into two partions. A 128GB partition and another that uses the rest of the drive (about 872GB). I want to backup both my RAID0 and 1TB drive onto each respected partition so that if my RAID0 array fails or my 1TB drive fails, I will be able to recover my data from the third drive.

I do not want to run a RAID0+1 or RAID10 as I don't need synchronous backup and am fine backing up once a week-ish.

Can I clone each drive to the respected partitions so that if any of my drives fail I can boot from the single drive with the separate partitions? Or is imaging the way to go and how does that work?
For that you would want to use Windows 7 built in cloning tool to clone the SSD array, then manually, or automatically backup your 1TB drive to the backup drive.

Also, ditch the partitioning, it isn't really useful any more, especially in your case where you might some day need more space.
    
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For that you would want to use Windows 7 built in cloning tool to clone the SSD array, then manually, or automatically backup your 1TB drive to the backup drive.

Also, ditch the partitioning, it isn't really useful any more, especially in your case where you might some day need more space.
Thanks! repped.

But how would I cone both the RAID array and the 1TB drive on a single drive without partitions? I honestly don't need the space. I have only used 185GB on the data drive and most of it is games on steam, where I can delete and reinstall at will.
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Thanks! repped.

But how would I cone both the RAID array and the 1TB drive on a single drive without partitions? I honestly don't need the space. I have only used 185GB on the data drive and most of it is games on steam, where I can delete and reinstall at will.
You could use partitions like that I guess, but that is really messy.

With Windows 7, go under "control panel", "Backup and Restore" and in the left hand panel is "Create a system image". That is what you should use for the two SSD's just after you get the OS, Drivers, and any other programs you want on a basic install installed (like Office, AIM client etc..) that way if things die, you just restore it easily, and it beats the heck out of reinstalling everything.

Generally you want to shy away from full system images unless you have a big home server or something that has lots of space to spare. It really depends on what you need and what you want to keep, but you can use the RAID for OS + some installed stuff, then if you need to install more stuff install it to the 1TB drive. For backups have 1 system image and store it on both 1TB drives, and periodically backup stuff from the SSD's/1TB to the other 1TB drive.

Generally (for me at least) important documents like my resume, family pictures etc.. exist on two separate drives, and thats about it for important backups. Maybe if I have a couple dozen hours in a game I will back up the game save, but I won't back up the full game install.
    
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