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Apologies if it has already been asked here, but I'm looking at the best way to periodically back up all my stuff to another hard drive. I currently have 4 partitions in 3 drives:



C:\\ is an SSD with Windows, E:\\ and F:\\ are a single 1TB drive and I:\\ is a single 1TB drive. I'm not really bothered about the SSD drive to be honest, because its just the OS; I can re-install it if need be. (I don't keep any of important data on it). E and I drives are normal priority and F is high priority if I have to rate them in terms of data importance.

Shall I buy a 2TB Samsung Spinpoint F4 and do it manually (or using some freeware, if available)? I know its going to be a bit slow, but I don't really mind. The reason I don't want RAID is because I just saw a thread here about a member wanting to switch from integrated to dedicated RAID card but having to backup 5TB of data to another drive temporarily so he can rebuild his RAID array. (http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...-5tb-data.html) I definitely don't want to be in that situation.

So what are my options? Your suggestions will be appreciated.


EDIT: Or 3TB WD Green?

Edited by JCG - 3/8/11 at 3:37pm
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First: RAID is not backup and should not be treated as backup.

Now, it seems you don't have enough space to backup everything to what's left of your 1TB drive, so you'll have to pick up a new drive. Or you could decide some files are unimportant and you don't need to back them up, and if they get lost, who cares. Then you can skip them.
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For just a straight backup, yes get another hdd and manually copy or get a program to sync file. Used a regular internal harddrive and the copy speeds won't be too bad (especially if you have lots of large file).

Choose a backup interval (weekly, monthly, etc) and a storage location (in the pc, in a box, a faraday caged lock box at the bank) depending on the criticality of the data.

Raid is really only good for providing redundancy & fault tolerance, not a full backup.
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Okay first of all RAID is not a backup but it CAN be. You'd have to build one that could take on the overall size of both your drives in one footprint. But I don't recommend this.

If I were you I would get a 2TB HDD(internal or external doesn't matter) format it and create folders on it detailing your drives as they are now. (i.e.: E: F: and I: ) this way you know what is exactly where. But you'll have to keep on top of your backing up and you'll have to do the work and not let Windows do it.

Now if it's External the good thing is that it can be removed from the USB or Firewire port and left on your desk. Should(heaven forbid) something happen you are 100% protected against a virus or Trojan run amok. At least to the last backup anyway. But at least you'll be able to reformat all your drives and still recover the information from your backup Drive.

Hope this helps you.

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Install the additional drive (the 2TB F4) and use Windows integrated backup to backup each drive. Done.

It's really easy.

If you can, stick with an internal drive, USB drives aren't worth the hassle.
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Oh right. I thought RAID 1 is supposed to be a backup since there are copies of data. But isn't backup and redundancy the same?

Okay then. So I'm gonna grab a separate drive and backup myself. I'm definitely buying an internal drive because I've got a free slot in the 800D's hot-swap bay. Found a free software called SyncBack which can synchronize files/folders as well as restore them. So, I can just stick the drive in once a week, sync using SyncBack, and pull it out. Sounds good?

Also, is the Spinpoint F4 my best option?


And +rep for the help peeps.
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RAID and Redundancy are different from backups.

I hate sharing a link to wikipedia but their segment on RAID isn't all that bad...give it a read if you have the time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID
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spinpoint f4 is a great drive i have 2 and they are quite fast like 100MB average
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RAID and Redundancy are different from backups.

I hate sharing a link to wikipedia but their segment on RAID isn't all that bad...give it a read if you have the time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID
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Interesting read, thanks for linking. So in a nut shell, a RAID setup offers protection against just hardware failure, but backups can offer protection from hardware failures, software errors, virus attacks etc etc. Got it.


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spinpoint f4 is a great drive i have 2 and they are quite fast like 100MB average
Brilliant!

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