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HOw to back up my main drive?

zbs60 47 10 March 30, 2016 at 04:20 PM
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I built my computer using a msi motherboard. Its got two connections for 2 hard drives. Ive never backed up my main drive but want to now. My main drive is a Crucial SSD and the other is a old western digital sata drive. That western digital drive has Windows pro just like my main drive but a lot of files that aren't really needed. How would you guys set the computer up so I can back up my main drive on the western digital?

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HI

I built my computer using a msi motherboard. Its got two connections for 2 hard drives. Ive never backed up my main drive but want to now. My main drive is a Crucial SSD and the other is a old western digital sata drive. That western digital drive has Windows pro just like my main drive but a lot of files that aren't really needed. How would you guys set the computer up so I can back up my main drive on the western digital?
Backup comes up on this forum a fair amount, I'd take a look back through the archives and you'll find a few discussions to follow. Use the "search this forum" link, as the default site search doesn't include tech support.

Backing up your OS drive to your data drive is a reasonable thing to do, but you may want to consider backing up somewhere other than your own computer.
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Bad psu can fry both drives, you should backup on external drive. since you have WD drive, to start you can use Acronis True Image WD Edition http://support.wdc.com/downloads....19&lang=en
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Backup comes up on this forum a fair amount, I'd take a look back through the archives and you'll find a few discussions to follow. Use the "search this forum" link, as the default site search doesn't include tech support.

Backing up your OS drive to your data drive is a reasonable thing to do, but you may want to consider backing up somewhere other than your own computer.
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Bad psu can fry both drives, you should backup on external drive. since you have WD drive, to start you can use Acronis True Image WD Edition http://support.wdc.com/downloads....19&lang=en
There are many strategies to backup. Today happens to be World backup day. Lots of methods have pro's and cons. External drives are nice, but they should be unhooked to protected against power issues etc.

I find online backup is a good solution for many as it gets the backup offsite which protects you from Fire,Theft, Flood, weather, etc. It's also automatic which is super important b/c if it's manual it probably won't happen as often as it should.
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Online backup isn't cheap. And it's very very very slow if you have slow upload speed.
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Online backup isn't cheap. And it's very very very slow (for the initial backup) if you have slow upload speed.
Fixed it for ya. Wink Once the initial backup is complete, then online backup systems (Such as CrashPlan or Carbonite) will only upload new files and changed files. Happens almost instantly for most files. It may take a while to upload that new video of your kids soccer game, but you can keep using the computer, go out to dinner, take a nap, etc. while it gets backed up automagically. Smilie

The nice thing today is that those backup files are outside the reach of ransomware that can corrupt local files, external drives that are attached, and mapped drives.

Indeed, it isn't cheap, but you never lose data because you forgot to run a backup or were going to do it soon... Wink
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It's not that much more. A 4TB external drive is going to cost you $100 and require replacement every ~5 years. That's $20/yr vs. $50/yr/computer for most online backup setups (or $120/yr for up to 10 computers on Crashplan).
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It's not that much more. A 4TB external drive is going to cost you $100 and require replacement every ~5 years. That's $20/yr vs. $50/yr/computer for most online backup setups (or $120/yr for up to 10 computers on Crashplan).
Interesting math. Are you saying if I only have 1 computer, it would be better to get an external drive.
But with 4+ computers, it would be better to get Crashplan?

Maybe you guys forgot 1 thing. ISP has bandwidth cap. Comcast has 300GB/month.
If you want to backup 1TB to cloud storage. Good luck with that.
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Maybe you guys forgot 1 thing. ISP has bandwidth cap. Comcast has 300GB/month.
If you want to backup 1TB to cloud storage. Good luck with that.
The part you seem to be overlooking is that you would only backup the full 1TB a single time. From then on just incremental changes will be copied up. I also don't copy my entire drive to CrashPlan, so I have nowhere near a TB sitting there. I have local images which will let me restore to a new drive in less than an hour. The stuff I send to CrashPlan is stuff that can't be replaced. Pic and videos of the kids, important docs, etc. I don't feel the need to send copies of movies and TV shows to offsite backup. I just want to know that if I come home one day to a smoldering pile where my house used to be, my most important data won't be destroyed with it.
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