Backup System


I have a 128 GB SSD and a 512 GB storage HDD in my PC. The latter did throw some SMART errors some time ago, and while they have disappeared, I really don't think I should keep it in my PC forever. I also have a 1 TB external USB HDD for storage.
So I want to replace the 512 GB HDD with a new HDD. I also want to set up a backup system so I don't have to panic when a HDD starts failing.
I'm thinking of buying a ~1-2 TB HDD for storage and a ~1-2 TB HDD for backups.


Can you recommend any articles on backup systems in general?
Can you recommend any articles on/reviews of recent HDDs?
Do you recommend any particular HDD? I want relatively silent ones.
How do I go about setting up such a backup system?

Thanks for your help!
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  1. Samsung F3 hard disks are very good.

    It's difficult to recommend a backup solution if the OS is unknown.
  2. Oh sorry, I guess I forgot to mention some important points.

    My OS is Windows 7 Professional, and my PC's other components can be found here on Google Docs (in the "Final Components" tab).
    In particular, the HDD with problems is the Seagate Barracuda 500 GB (ST3500630AS).
  3. Windows 7 Professional includes backup software. However I prefer Acronis which isn't free. There are other free backup solutions that could meet your requirements, e.g., and others.

    Seagate drives are good, but any drive will eventually fail.
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