I just went out and purchased a Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2 TB USB 2.0 hard drive for about $100 because I thought it was too good to pass up. Now I am having second thoughts, and wondering if I should return it, or if I got a good deal. I need to upgrade my Windows 7 OS to 64 bit from 32 bit because, I am told, the 32 bit version does not access all of the memory, but the 64 bit does. So, being the packrat that I am with documents and files, I just wanted to dump all of my documents and downloads and pictures and videos onto a large Hard Drive and then deal with them later.
Then, I would reformat my notebook computer's HDD and install fresh Win 7 64 bit and Office 2010 64 bit. But, I also need a backup system for this setup. I have been using Mozy automated backup, but I would like to somehow get rid of that fee of $5 monthly. I know it is not a lot, but if I keep paying it forever, it will be.
The way Mozy works is that it automatically backs up changed files in the background, and even can back up open files. Then you go to their Website and choose files if you ever need to restore one or all of your files. I would like a system to run this way on my laptop.
What I was thinking is that the laptop could backup to the desktop thru my wifi network, then the desktop would have the 2 TB hd connected, and that would automatically be backed up. So, the notebook, would have 2 back up sets, one on the desktop and one on the hard drive. But then what if I have pictures that are irreplaceable ont he hard drive and it fails, how can I avoid losing them?
Supposedly, the GoFlex is good because you can replace the connector and have it connected as NAS, or to a Mac, or whatever -- firewire, etc. But is this a good buy? Also, For What it's Worth, I have 2 older Western Digitals that are almost full of 40 GB each, but I am thinking that, with the right system, their data could be moved onto the 2 TB drive, and then the photos and irreplaceble files could then be backed up to the 2-40GB drives...somehow...
I own Macrium, and the Seagate came with Memeo Backup, so I can use either, or if there is something even better, I am open to suggestions. Thanks for reading all this, and for any help you can offer!