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Which RAID level for a Backup of WIN7

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July 1, 2013 2:25:12 PM

I currently only have an Samsung 840 Pro 128gb SSD.
My WD BLUE is getting RMA because it was DOA.
Once I get my HDD back I want to backup my current system onto it. Also be able to access other files I may store on it as well.
Would I just create a new partition and store it there and RAID level would not matter? Would the partition need to be formatted to NTSF?
Also would I have to revert to some old HDD features before I back up to HDD? Since I've halfway optimized the OS for SSD?

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a c 748 G Storage
July 1, 2013 3:13:51 PM

I'm not clear on your intentions First you say 'a backup' but then your discussion sounds like you want to boot off of it when the SSD fails.
And what this talk of raid levels. With 1 hdd and 1 SSD you wont be using any raid at all.

for a backup a separate partition will do just fine.
July 1, 2013 3:31:52 PM

I want to backup everything on my SSD to my HDD once it gets back to me. So you say just make a partition on the HDD and its all good. I thought RAID was for more than 1 drive, or is it more than 1 of a single type of drive ex: 2ssd+1hdd, SSDs would be raid and the HDD would not?
I want to backup to the HDD in case of a power failure due to storms. I want to enable write caching for the SSD w/o running the risk of losing everything w/o a backup. Also disable system restore.
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a b G Storage
July 1, 2013 5:47:45 PM
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RAID would only be viable with multiple identical hard drives. In other words, if you wanted RAID1 for redundancy and fault tolerance, you would need two Samsung 840 Pro SSDs, or two WD Blue hard drives. Think of them as a mirror, so the drives have to be identical.

What you are meaning to do is just make a backup, but not automatic failover or continuous clone, is just a backup of your primary hard drive. This can be done quite a few ways. You can utilize a clone disk program, such as Acronis, to completely clone the SSD drive onto the WD Blue hard drive. You can also use Windows Backup and Recovery built into Windows 7 to do periodic system images onto the drive. However, keep in mind this is not RAID. It doesn't offer you continuous protection or automatic fault tolerance. It's just a backup, and it's only as good as you are willing to do the backup.

Enabling write cache is a completely different thing. If you want this feature, without the risk of data loss, you need to buy a high-end RAID controller with either a battery backup on the RAID controller or a flash-backed write cache. Alternatively, you can buy a nice big UPS to plug your computer into which will continue to run your system in the event of a power outage and let you properly shut down your computer.
July 1, 2013 9:54:48 PM

Could I backup to a USB 3.0 stick?
After that do all the OS SSD tweaks. If my power ever goes out and I lose everything I could just plug the USB into it? What format. NTSF? FAT32? Would Windows just format and re-install the SSD? Along with all the tweaks and games, drivers, etc.
a c 748 G Storage
July 2, 2013 6:54:52 PM

You can make backups pretty much to anything you want; cd-r, dvd-r, bdr, external hard drives, secondary internal harddrives, Network attached storage (NAS) devices, flash drives if they are large enough...
July 2, 2013 9:29:43 PM

All the SSD settings would be on the backup? If I ever lose my data, I could just boot to backup device, install windows and everything will install again and be ok?
Or do I have to install windows separate of loading the backup?
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