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Best Method to Backup Files from Old External Drive>

by carver6140 / March 10, 2013 7:24 PM PDT

I have Windows 7 64-bit, IE 7 on an HP Pavilion HPE - h8 1010. I save many files on a Hitachi 2 TB external hard drive rather than on my desktop. I now simply want to save a copy of about 640 GB of those files in a safe place. I do not want to keep updating those files, just keep them in a safe place in case that external drive fails. (Save those files and remove them to store in a safe place away from the computer.) What is the best method to use?

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Re: copy
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 10, 2013 7:45 PM PDT

I'd buy a second hard disk and copy everything to it. Then store that second hard disk in a safe place. What else?


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Other drives
by Willy / March 11, 2013 12:15 AM PDT

You have a large amount of data and only another HD of capable size will do. As stated to you, either swap over to a new HD, more than one if that critical and store once done. You may want to checkout "HD docks".

The use of NAS or multiple drives is going to do for the long haul. Super, super critical data should be placed on CD/DVD/BD discs just so that data is safe, again multiple copies as well. google for the term NAS. Now if all this costs too much, then ask yourself, how much is your data worth, really?

tada -----Willy Happy

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Kees - B and Willy,
by carver6140 / March 11, 2013 9:16 AM PDT

Your answers were helpful but went I went to respond to you individually the program would not accept my password. Then it said twice that it had sent me a new password, but but I did not receive any email. So something is clearly wrong, but I wanted to be sure to let you know that I appreciated each of your response.

I asked the question because I thought there might just be a simpler device thn a typical extrnal device to use just for storage. I will get another external drive and use it just for storage.

The thought about backing those saved files up raises the point that this could be an endless process ...

Thanks to both of you!

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Nature of backup
by Willy / March 12, 2013 3:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Kees - B and Willy,

I certainly hope you get what you want in the end.

Yes, backups are an never ending process provided you want to keep your data. You'll understand it all when the worse that can happen, does. The time spent becomes of great value as well as the data.

Sorry, I can't offer anything seemly cheap, but again I stress the value of the data. If these are to memories of sorts, like music or video, etc., then again all you need to do is review all the horror stories posted here and elsewhere on the forums.

tada ----Willy Happy

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