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Disaster recovery - how to backup/clone my internal drive?

by jtryan789 / February 10, 2008 2:18 AM PST

I just bought a Seagate FreeAgent external USB 2.0 drive. I downloaded the Seagate DiscWizard vers 10.0 from Seagate site. I want to use DiscWizard to make a clone of my internal hard drive to the external FreeAgent drive (just for back-up purposes, not to boot/run the computer). Would appreciate thoughts on this situation:

1. When I have successfully cloned my internal drive to my FreeAgent external drive for backup pruposes only, in the future will I be able to use DiscWizard to clone the FreeAgent (cloned) drive to a new internal drive (i.e., the FreeAgent external drive serves as a bridge between my old internal drive and new internal drive)?

2. Is there a better way for me to achieve my objective? For example should I be doing disc image vs clone? I am new to these processes and not sure of the difference?


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by welrdelr / February 10, 2008 2:23 AM PST

1) I don't know.
2) ity is better to copy the image by having the external disk the exact same size as the internal and using dd to copy the data.

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But where is the backup?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 10, 2008 2:39 AM PST

I see you cloned the drive to this unit but that's not a good backup since you can't write protect the drive to stop the worm or such from deleting what's connected to your system.

Also, the write protection is needed during restore since the pests could delete that drive content or you answered the restore question and it backed up a blank drive on top of your copy.

More planning is required here. And try to find a backup that works for you.


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