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Need advice with 2 tb hdd as back up drive and partitioning

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July 4, 2012 8:45:33 PM

I have a 1 tb hdd as a storage drive and a ssd for my os. I recently purchased a 2 tb hdd to be both a data drive and back up. I am going to partition the drive into two 1 tb partitions and use one partition to back up the main 1 tb drive and one for data. If the main 1 tb data drive went out would I be able to restore the back up with the data partition on the same drive? I would like to streamline the process so if something were to happen, I can get my files back exactly the way they were.
a c 119 G Storage
July 4, 2012 10:32:49 PM

I do something similar using a 1.5TB HDD. Single partition NTFS.

I just created a folder and copy all data from other hard disks on to this hard disk. Also use the same hard disk for backups.
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July 4, 2012 11:03:23 PM

is that better than using windows back up? I believe windows back up won't let you access the files until they are restored. only manual back ups are a pain.
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a c 119 G Storage
July 4, 2012 11:06:16 PM

nonaddictedgamer said:
is that better than using windows back up? I believe windows back up won't let you access the files until they are restored. only manual back ups are a pain.

I do it both ways. One complete copy of the data directory every week (copy and paste). Windows backup every 2 weeks.

(Delete older data to make room for new data).
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July 5, 2012 2:53:53 AM

Best answer selected by nonaddictedgamer.
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a c 119 G Storage
July 5, 2012 2:55:01 AM

Thank you!
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