Quote: Originally Posted by soulfood
i was going to get 2 500GB drives, one for games, pictures , music, and then one for documents and backups. but now i'm not sure, can u recommed i get bigger drives like 2 one TB drives just to be on the safe side, space wise (not including the OS c:drive SSD 120GB)? thanks
3 drives is good. If you can get 1TB for a bit more cost than 500GB, go for the bigger capacity. Figure GB per dollar, then decide. Capacity is good.
If you keep just the OS and common apps on your SSD, your system images might
only be 20GB or so. If you keep games there, it will be much larger.
The size of the images you store will depend on what you want.
I'll tell you how I would go, and what I do, with a 3 drive setup.
You can reject it or tweak it to your needs.
I suggest you stay away from Windows 7 backup, which does incremental backups,
and is really more complicated to fit most needs than other image software.
I use Ghost 15, but many here are very happy with free Macreum.
There are Macreum tutorials on this site.
First off, you want redundancy - that means the same data on 2 or more drives.
This is the core of my backup strategy. I also do occasional copies of everything
to an external drive.
Drive 1 - system and apps.
I image this to drive 2, and drive 3. The images are stand-alone files, with the date of the image as part of the file name. As time goes by, I delete older images, and usually have only 3 or 4 taking up space.
I only image after restoring an image. Because I know the image I restored is a good system. I do updates of the restored image, make any changes I want to my core apps, then make a dated image.
An 20GB image takes 5-10 minutes to image or restore.
So since I *always* restore an image before taking an image, it's about 10-20 minutes of image/restore, and the in-between time of preparing the new image with updates. It's the only time I really make sure I'm thinking straight about what I'm doing.
Drive 2 - Everything else, in folders with names that work for me.
This includes documents, photos, etc. And a folder of Drive 1 images.
Let's call this the "working document drive."
I organize all my non-system stuff here.
Everything I don't want to lose goes into a high-level folder called Drive 2 Backups.
Drive 3 - Has a folder called Drive 3 Backups, which is a copy of Drive 2 Backups. And a folder of Drive 1 images.
I use a file synchronizer to keep the Drive 2 and Drive 3 backup folders the same.
MS SyncToy works well for that, and is free.
After doing some changes to Drive 2, or adding things I know I'll keep, I synch the Backup folders. Using the high level folder names "Backups" and putting what you want to keep in the folder makes that real easy.
I've never used any data on Drive 3, but it's there if I need it.
That's one way to do it, and works for me. You'll have to adjust to your needs,
but it's a starting point.