Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Set Up Computer with Backup Boot Drive

04 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Set Up Computer with Backup Boot Drive

Hello, I am wondering if there is a way for me to set up my computer in the following manner:

C: <- Main Boot Drive (60GB SSD)
D: <- Copy of Boot Drive (60GB SSD)
E: <- Program Drive (1TB HDD)
F: <- Storage Drive (2TB HDD)
G: <- Download Drive (500GB)

I have done the separate program and storage drive before, but I was wondering if perhaps a way to back up my boot drive without necessarily raid. It was brought to my attention that if something were to go wrong with the data then raid would automatically copy it (which makes sense), or am I worrying to much?

Any advice on this would be much appreciated, thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

Are your programs so large that they will not fit on either of the SSDs??

The first thing I notice about your plan is that I see no evidence of a backup drive for your data.

With 5 drives, I'd think you could do better, but you may have some oddball requirement.

My first impulse would be something like:

C: SSD; OS and applications if they will fit.

D: SSD; Applications if they won't fit on C.

E: 1 TB, Data

F: 2 TB, backup of E plus images of C and D.

G: 500 GB, downloads if they will not fit on E or F.

I've heard of people attempting a live backup of C on another drive, but it seems like a lot of work to attain what is normally done by imaging---which would slow you down by maybe an hour if you had to restore after a failure.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Place the programs on the OS SSD to benefit from the faster speeds, lest what's the purpose of SSD?

Link your data from HD by organizing into User folders, rightclick to link to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

If you run out of SSD space, uninstall lesser used programs and reinstall to the storage HD.

You don't need a clone onboard. Just keep a current Win7 backup image in storage HD.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Set Up Computer with Backup Boot Drive

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads for2: Set Up Computer with Backup Boot Drive
Thread Forum
Solved Boot from a different drive on a new computer Installation & Setup
Can I move drive with Win7 easily to backup computer w/o activation? Windows Updates & Activation
backup drive with W7 boot file is not recongized after installing SSD Hardware & Devices
Completing boot drive backup? Backup and Restore
Trouble moving backup files from external drive to computer Backup and Restore
computer won't boot from disc drive Performance & Maintenance
Computer won't boot from disc drive General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:47 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App