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Old 07-21-2008, 02:23 PM
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Backing up 2 hard drives onto 1 external HD question

I have two hard drives on my computer...
a 40gb (well it's partitioned so it's 35gb and the 'recovery partition' is 5gb) and a 80gb hard drive.

I'd like to buy something like this external hard drive and set it up so it either automatically or easily (a few clicks) backs up each of my hard drives, and since it's a 250gb (figure I might as well get a little extra room) have it partitioned so that I have room for pictures (I'm a digital camera addict).

Long story short... easy to back up my 2 hard drives onto the one external hard drive, and use the extra space on the external for extra storage.

If anyone knows how to set it up like that, let me know.
Thanks,
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Acronis True Image should do the trick. You can back up entire drives or partitions, and still have the left over room you are looking for. Give it a try. Our IT folks swear by it. I even use it at home.

It should run you around $30.
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I got a 320gb model for $100 off Amazon (it's new, too) I'm thinking of just partitioning it as one HDD and manually copying and pasting everything to back it up... I'll have to look into it some more, but that's what I'm leaning toward, since it's senseless to back up the OS since it's easily replaceable. Do these auto-backup programs let you choose which files to back up? Does the backup drive need to be partitioned for each source drive (since I'm backing up files from both drives)? I'll take a look at Western Digitals' website and see what I can scrape up as well. I appreciate the help.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:59 AM
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I have two hard drives on my computer...
a 40gb (well it's partitioned so it's 35gb and the 'recovery partition' is 5gb) and a 80gb hard drive.

I'd like to buy something like this external hard drive and set it up so it either automatically or easily (a few clicks) backs up each of my hard drives, and since it's a 250gb (figure I might as well get a little extra room) have it partitioned so that I have room for pictures (I'm a digital camera addict).

Long story short... easy to back up my 2 hard drives onto the one external hard drive, and use the extra space on the external for extra storage.

If anyone knows how to set it up like that, let me know.
Thanks,
Matt
Boot a LiveCD of Knoppix, Edubuntu, Damn Small Linux, etc., and then just copy or ntfsclone your MS Windows partition(s) to the new drive. Using ntfsclone, you can make a sparse file backup that doesn't include unused sectors of the disk.

If you set up a dual-boot system using some GNU/Linux distribution and boot MS Windows only when you have to, you can set a cron job (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly) to automatically back up whatever filesystems you want, at whatever interval you want, to whatever destination you want (remote or local). This will include backing up all the 'hidden' data of the MS system(s).

Cost: $0.
Freedom from Nasty Trashing FileSystem's messes: priceless.
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