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Windows 7: Which is your primary backup location?

View Poll Results: Which media do you primarily backup too?
Internal hard disk 3 25.00%
External USB disk 7 58.33%
External SATA disk (eSATA) 1 8.33%
Network Attached Storage (NAS) 1 8.33%
Other networked computer 0 0%
Offsite (web-based or cloud-based) location 0 0%
Other (please specify) 0 0%
Voters: 12. You may not vote on this poll

23 Sep 2011   #1
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
Which is your primary backup location?

A few months ago I wondered whether the home NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices might become more popular than the standard USB devices, but it seems that the NAS is still too pricey to be able to compete with the cheaper USB drives.....

Lets put it to a poll. To which media do you backup your system images and/or data too?

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23 Sep 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Depending on the system, internal, external USB and external eSata. Usually I alternate between two.
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23 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I wouldn't back up my systems to a NAS device. If I had a NAS device it would be for storage of the original files.

My backups would always be to an external drive, so that they could be kept offsite. If my house burns down or is robbed, I don't want to lose the original and the backups in one shot.
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23 Sep 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit


Daily or more often to an internal SATA drive. This is ALL of my data files

Every even numbered month: To a USB stick. This is only my most important files (text documents that rarely change, plus jpegs), not mp3/video.

Every odd numbered month: To a standard SATA hard drive through an eSata external dock. This is ALL of my data files.

Above items are for data files only. I also make monthly images of my OS only, alternating between Macrium and EaseUS. All OS images are stored on the internal SATA drive.
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23 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I think USB is too generic. USB 2 and USB 3 are essentially two different categories in terms of speed.
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26 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 x64 SP1

I backup all data to a second internal SATA drive almost immediately it changes - downloaded programs, Favorites, personal data etc. and to a USB drive a day or so later. The USB drive is stored in a safe place. I image my system about once a week using Macrium Free and images are kept on both internal drives and also on the USB drive.
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 Which is your primary backup location?

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