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November 25, 2010 12:15:15 AM

Hello all. Just want some opinions on how to properly backup what I have on my PC. I will be getting Acronis True Image 2011 soon. My drives are as follows:

C: 120 GB SSD (Windows 7 OS drive)
D: 1 TB HDD (my data)
E: 1 TB HDD (spouse’s data)

We got 4 external Western Digital HDDs that we can use to backup files on:

750 GB (4 months old)
500 GB (4 months old)
500 GB (1 Year old)
125 GB (1.5 years old)

1) I am wondering what’s best way to utilize these external HDDs to backup data. So far I have thought off:

a. C drive on 125 GB external; important files from D and E drives separately on each 500 GB drives. 750 GB for carrying movies/travelling etc.

b. C drive on 125 GB external; important files from D and E drives all on 750 GB. I will still have two 500 GBs for carrying movies/travelling etc.

c. Backup C, D, E all on 750 GB. Then back up D and E again separately on each 500 GBs. 125 GB for carrying movies/travelling etc.

d. C, D, E on all on 750 GB. Backup D, E twice on both 500 GBs. 125 GB for carrying movies/travelling etc.

e. Backup C, D, E twice on both 500 GBs. 750 & 125 GB for carrying movies/travelling etc.

Which one of these should I stick with? Any other recommendations would be appreciated too.

2) How should I organize when the backup’s going to be done? As in which drives/externals should I do daily incremental backups and which one should I do weekly/monthly? Also, is it a good idea to keep the externals (that I will do daily backups on) attached to the PC?

Thanks in advance.
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November 25, 2010 1:24:00 AM

#1. Think about what you really need and how much data you actually have to back up. Whichever plan you choose, you will undoubtedly change your mind at least one.

I recently bought a 2 TB external for backups for three desktop systems, a laptop, and a netbook.

#2. I like Acronis. I do a full backup of my work computer every week. I don't bother with incremental backups. HD space is cheap.

Keep in mind that if your backup plan is too complicated, you will eventually stop. And that, of course, is when one of your drives will fail.
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