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Back up

I want to back up my laptop and I don't know which external hard drive to buy. Costco has a WD Passport SE on sale but reviews are not good. Can anyone tell me which reasonably priced one would be best? Thank you.

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I can explain that.

The reviews for all externals are not great. For now, for today, externals are fine copies but not backup. To achieve backup we need no less than 3 copies and one copy off location.

Many have forgotten this and why this is so. At least the internet has articles on this.

Given that external drives are not backup and are not that reliable we have to move forward to secure what we can't lose. I suggest you put what you can't lose on DVD and then look to those USB drives for the next copy of the rest.


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What type of DVD's do I buy? And if I go to my program and follow back-up instructions, will it copy to the DVD? I have couple CD-R's and it won't back up. I have never backed up my computer that's why I don't have a clue here, sorry to sound so inexperienced, but I am, and I thank you for your reply. Teri

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I don't know if I can answer that.

The details are not in your post. Let me ignore that and share that I use CDBURNERXP to put files onto CD/DVDRW media. As to instructions I know such is out on the internet so I won't duplicate how to use CDBURNERXP (a free app by the way.)

If you want more ideas on backup, my ideas are from experience. I do not use any backup program. I've found these to fail over time so I simply copy my stuff to CD/DVD/HDD using Explore or, a CD/DVD recording program and for an entire HDD image I use CLONEZILLA.


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That helps

I understand what you are saying. That helps me. I appreciate your reply. Teri

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