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Windows 7: Externel USB HD Question

03 Apr 2013   #1

windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Externel USB HD Question

I purchased a 500GB. external drive to store a full backup image on since it doesn't have a second internal drive. My main tower has a second drive which I keep a backup image on and also, use it for paging files and temporary internet files. What I was wondering was could I use the same external drive to store a backup image on? Then I thought about unhooking the second storage/image drive on the one tower or, is the drive worth keeping performance wise, for the paging/temp. internet files reason? Thanks!

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03 Apr 2013   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello p5200,

Yes, you could save a system image from both PCs to the same external HDD if you have enough space on it if you like.

On you main tower, since you have the paging file and temp internet files on it's second drive, both drives will be included with it's system image by default and will take more space on the external HDD.

You're not going to get much performance increase by having the paging file and temp internet files on the second HDD unless it's faster than the drive Windows is installed on. Otherwise, it's mostly to save space on the drive Windows is installed on.

Hope this helps,
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03 Apr 2013   #3

windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Thanks for clearing that up for me, I think I will unhook the second drive and go ahead and save a backup image on the external drive.
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03 Apr 2013   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome.

Both PCs system image will be saved into the same WindowsImageBackup folder on the external HDD, but will have separate (computer-name) folders in it for each PC.

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