Quote: Originally Posted by papagym
Without knowing what your storage is needed for, it's hard to give you any advice. Backing up your data is a good think but it's hard to say when enough is enough. That 3TB drive is one big puppy and I think if it were me I'd divide it up into 1TB partitions. Why do you need to make a lot of Imaged Backups? I had several at one time myself and I found only the current one is good for anything. That is especially true if you are adding files to your system on a dialy basis.
Why are you worried about compressed files? I don't know anything about the program (SyncToy) but you want to backup only the Files that you make changes to. Having more backups is over kill and will cost you a lot of big bucks.
I was going to buy a 2 TB, but the extra TB was only $20 more... so I thought I might as well get the larger one since HDDs keep getting bigger.
I use my computer as a DVR, and also have a lot of DVD ISOs, video and music files etc.
The last system image I made failed at the end because I got a BSOD just before it finished, so I'm not sure how useful it will be for restoring. I wanted to have enough space to make a new image without writing over the current one.
I started to have a problem the other day with my computer shutting off with no warning and no blue screen. I'm not sure what the cause was - could be a bad power supply - but I moved it to a cooler spot with a different surge protector and it seems to be working okay right now.
That motivated me to get a good current backup image. But again, I didn't want to write over the image I have right now, especially when my system was behaving so unstable. I was afraid it would die in the middle of the backup and I would lose a lot of my files.
I have considered using the OEM Recovery and restoring to factory condition after I get everything backed up. Things would be much simpler if my data files were sequestered in its own partition on my internal drive. The only reason I never bothered with that is because I had major blue screen problems when I got the computer and I'm afraid I will have to figure out all the things I did to fix them 2 years ago. If I did go the OEM Recovery route and start all over, I thought it might be useful to have my files and folders backed up the way I think SyncToy would back them up. (Not an image, but folders and subfolders that I can access directly and copy on a new data partition.)
If I did partition my backup drive, I thought I would make one 1 TB partition that can mirror my internal 1 TB drive using SyncToy or something similar... and just leave the other 2 TB to story system images mostly.
Maybe SyncToy and Windows Backup folders can co-exist on the 3 TB external hard drive with no reason for adding a partition. I suppose that is likely, but since I am unfamiliar with SyncToy and partitions in general, I thought it might be prudent to ask before I start transferring huge amounts of data.