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Setting up a backup system?

by kobtwo / August 25, 2011 7:13 AM PDT

Laptop: Windows 7 Pro
Desktop: Windows 7 Pro -External HD

I currently have all my files on my laptop being backed up over the network to an External HD. I would like to purchase a portable HD to put older files that i'm not currently using onto. So on my internal HD I would have my important everyday files. I would like to have my internal HD and the portable HD backed up automatically to the External HD. Any suggestions?

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Remember the one thing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2011 7:19 AM PDT

If you drive a copy of a file down to one copy then there is no backup. Two copies is barely a backup since one loss and you fall into a state of no backup.

This is all very old IT rules and lore but worth going over again and again until we feel like it's good enough. Many folk have no backup at all.

There are dozens of backup softwares out there. I continue to use Syncback and Goodsync. Now a little use of Dropbox as well.
Bob

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Media storage
by Willy / August 26, 2011 10:08 PM PDT

Any current new ext. HD is going to fit the bill, find the size that suits you(maybe multiple ext. HDs). You then need to be sure you have more than one back-up. While back-ups for the end user has become more easier and/or at ease to do, it still follows convention to plan for multiple copies and/or areas to save to. So, as stated by Robert don't fall only the ext. HD only plan. Be sure to copy super critical data to at least some discs(CD/DVD/BD) as yet another storage media.

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Another good, painless backup possibility
by Doh_1 / September 2, 2011 11:46 AM PDT

Using an internet backup application like Carbonite or Mozy facilitates transparent offsite backup. I use both of these (on different computers), and aside from making sure that the right stuff gets backed up, once files are part of your internet backup you don't need to think about them until you need to restore them. And if your computer and onsite backups gets stolen or destroyed in a fire (heaven forfend *smile*), you still have your irreplaceable files backed up. Also very useful when getting a replacement computer ready for use.

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