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Windows 7: Best way to sync two disk drives?

13 Dec 2010   #1
turbostream

Win 7
 
 
Best way to sync two disk drives?

Hi guys,

Some time ago my disk died and I kind of lost a lot of important data for me. Now I bought two disks:

1st disk, two partitions: windows 7 and data
2nd disk, one partition: data

How to setup a sync so it auto copies data from 1st disk to data in 2nd disk? I don't want to do this manual each time I save/edit one file on 1st disk data then copy/paste it onto 2nd disk.


Thank a lot for the help.
TS


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13 Dec 2010   #2
BisVal

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

Use this profram: FreeFileSync , it's free and easy.
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13 Dec 2010   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

I use a paid for program ($39) called Mirror Folder for this. I've also used the free MS SyncToy 2.1.

FreeFileSync that BisVal mentioned also looks good. It's a SourceForge.net project.

You could also use backup software like Acronis True Image ($49) or free like Macrium Reflect Free. With either you can schedule regular backups.

With Acronis I have it setup so I maintain 4 backup sets, each contains 1 weeks worth of backups. The first is a full backup and the other 6 are all incremental. That means I can always go back 3 to 4 weeks.

Macrium doesn't support incremental backups. Some people says this is a good thing.

There is also online backup, like that provided by Carbonite and Acronis. Both run around $50 a year. The initial backup can take a long time to complete, depending on how much you chose to backup. I did this for my Web server which backed up over 20Gb of data and it ran continuously for more than 7 days. Now it takes about 45 minutes each night.

As you can see, I have multiple levels of backup and have never, ever lost a single byte of data. My data is important to me so I am paranoid about keeping it safe.

I know this is more info than you asked for but there are lots of options available and it would be good for you to look at more than one.
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13 Dec 2010   #4
turbostream

Win 7
 
 

You're right Rich and thanks to both of you for providing me with a couple of options. I want to go with a free version so will look into the software you mentioned.

Appreciate your help.

TS
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13 Dec 2010   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you only want to sync data, and not take an actual image, use SyncToy. It is free, and can be scheduled. I would suggest using it with an external drive, rather than keep all of your data online and accessible all the time.
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13 Dec 2010   #6
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Or you can use the already-built-in features of the Windows 7 OS and just mirror the partition. Both partitions are automatically synced when any change happens to either. No need for any extra software that you have to worry about scheduling.

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
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13 Dec 2010   #7
MacGyvr

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Or you can use the already-built-in features of the Windows 7 OS and just mirror the partition. Both partitions are automatically synced when any change happens to either. No need for any extra software that you have to worry about scheduling.

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
This won't work in his situation. He only wants to back up the data partition from drive 1 to drive 2.
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13 Dec 2010   #8
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
This won't work in his situation. He only wants to back up the data partition from drive 1 to drive 2.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by turbostream View Post
How to setup a sync so it auto copies data from 1st disk to data in 2nd disk? I don't want to do this manual each time I save/edit one file on 1st disk data then copy/paste it onto 2nd disk.
I'm not sure why you say it won't work. It sounds like it's exactly what he needs. He wants saves/edits to be mirrored as well, not just a static backup.
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13 Dec 2010   #9
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MacGyvr View Post
This won't work in his situation. He only wants to back up the data partition from drive 1 to drive 2.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by turbostream View Post
How to setup a sync so it auto copies data from 1st disk to data in 2nd disk? I don't want to do this manual each time I save/edit one file on 1st disk data then copy/paste it onto 2nd disk.
I'm not sure why you say it won't work. It sounds like it's exactly what he needs. He wants saves/edits to be mirrored as well, not just a static backup.
Mirroring will only work for the entire drive not for a partition on a drive with multiple partitions. I use SyncToy from MS and it works great. I have moved files after renaming them and it picks up on the changes and updates the backup disk.

Jim
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14 Dec 2010   #10
turbostream

Win 7
 
 

You guys are awesome. Thanks a lot. I am getting WD 2TB disk tomorrow and will try this then.
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