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Backup System

Last response: in Storage
October 29, 2011 10:33:12 AM


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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    a c 82 G Storage
    October 29, 2011 5:04:04 PM

    Samsung F3 hard disks are very good.

    It's difficult to recommend a backup solution if the OS is unknown.
    October 29, 2011 11:46:47 PM

    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).
    a c 82 G Storage
    October 30, 2011 12:30:45 AM

    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.