|09 Nov 2010||#1|
| || |
Best method for backing up to external hard drive
I looked through the tutorial section on how to perform a backup, but I'm afraid the problem is not knowing which method to use based on what I want to accomplish.
So here it goes.
I have a 500GB internal hard drive which I run my OS from on my laptop.
I also have a 640GB external hard drive which I like to use for extra videos and stuff that I don't want on my main drive.
I want to back up my computer's hard drive onto my exteral drive. I also want to keep all of my preferences for my programs. BUT, I also want to keep folders on my external hard drive that I maintain myself like my extra videos and stuff that isn't on my main drive. Every time I perform a backup, I would like my external drive to only update those files that have changed on my main drive and keep everything else.
I have Acronis True Image 2010 and am not sure which setting I should use in it or if the program is completely unnecessary in the first place.
So what should I do and which software should I use?
Thanks in advance.
|My System Specs|
|09 Nov 2010||#2|
| || |
In order to keep your applications and your preferences...you will need software like Acronis which can "image" your computer.
For your data files...and your extra movies and such...I would suggest something like robocopy with the /mir switch. This mirrors everything on the source drive with the destination drive. This way when you delete from C:\data it also deletes from F:\data.
Here are some examples lines you could put in a batch file.
robocopy C:\users\stanley\music H:\Backups\laptop\Music /mir /dst
robocopy C:\users\stanley\Downloads H:\Backups\laptop\Downloads /mir /dst
robocopy C:\users\stanley\pictures H:\Backups\laptop\pictures /mir /dst
As requested, robocopy only updates, copies or deletes files that are new, changed or removed.
|My System Specs|
|Similar help and support threads for2: Best method for backing up to external hard drive|
|Backing up hard drives to external, important data ie; pictures music||Backup and Restore|
|Backing up to External Hard drive - do i need to partition?||Backup and Restore|
|Backing up to a hard drive and a DVD: big image size differences?||Backup and Restore|
|Internal Hard Drive acting like an External Hard Drive||Hardware & Devices|
|I want to install a 2nd hard drive to use for backing up data||Backup and Restore|
|Backing up windows 7 to a encrypted external drive||Performance & Maintenance|
|The One Step Method of Backing up all your settings and documents||General Discussion|
|Our Sites ||Site Links ||About Us ||Find Us |
© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:47 PM.