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Windows 7: Backup & Restore an External HDD to/from another

2 Weeks Ago   #1
ozdennisb

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Backup & Restore an External HDD to/from another

What are the realities in using a non Windows 7 backup program to a scheduled, daily, incremental backup from one external 3TB HDD to another? What measure of risk is involved in seeking to restore the backup data to the original HDD or another external HDD? All advice gratefully received.
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2 Weeks Ago   #2
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Hello,
Daily backup would be too often for most people. You would need very frequent file changes to justify a daily backup.

3TB storage would be a bit small for backing up a 3TB drive. If you have (up to) 3TB data, then you would need larger space for an incremental backup to work, otherwise you end up overwriting your old backups when you create any new backup.

The realities generally are that you have a backup copy of your data, should anything go wrong with he online version. There are lots of thrid party solutions out there. Some offer backup of system image, while some don't.
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2 Weeks Ago   #3
ozdennisb

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thankyou Iko22. I have only about 2 TB of data, mostly written in MS word. My remaining part of the question is whether or not, highly recommended (i.e. Top Ten) programs such as EaseUs and.or Aoemi Backupper etc., allow backup from one external drive to another and whether it is likely to result in difficulties for future data recovery should it become necessary ... in other words, I wish to be sure rather than sorry, but am not quite certain at this stage. I am not asking you to reccomment any particular software program, but would welcome any if you are free to comment. Thanks once again..
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2 Weeks Ago   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Imaging prgrams all do basically the same job. Aomei is easy to use, and often recommended for that reason.

If it is only data you want to back up ( not an operating system image ) you could look at Karen's replicator.

Karen's Replicator the Backup Utility for Windows v3.7.5 Released November 2, 2019 | Karen's Power Tools

It is quite common to have one program for creating operating system image every now and then, and a separate program that runs more often for data backup.
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2 Weeks Ago   #5
ozdennisb

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thankyou SI W 2. This is most helpful advice and i shall pursue your suggestions. For the record, let me indicate that I had intendended to do as you have suggested. Once i have downloaded all data to a new Seagate 3.0 USB 4TB Ext HDD, I shall format the existing WS MyBook 3TB and then copy system files only onto that ... this will, I assume, allow regular incremental backups of data and occassional (say monthly) system backup to a separate external drive. This setup should not slowdown the whole system, but reduce risk of loss of either sets of Digital info. Thankyou to yourself, and the other two masterminds for your much appreciated advice. Next time UR in OZ, call in for a coffee. Blessings Dennis B (aka ozdennisb)
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1 Week Ago   #6
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Macrium Reflect, AOMEI, EaseUS, and so many other free (and fee) programs to choose from -- you may eventually settle on one or two based on the "look and feel" and "ease of use for you". I recommend choosing two and simply make backups of your OS partition and data partition onto reliable external media of your choosing. While everyone agrees on making full images of one's OS partition, we begin to split into groups concerning one's data partition -- many simply make an image of selected folders and files, many make full images, many simply CopyAndPaste folders and files.
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1 Week Ago   #7
ozdennisb

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thankyou very much RolandJS As my profile indicates, I am but a junior member, which is an appropriate level for a minion. I have installed and used, Karen's Replicator and so far so good. I plan to attend to the backup of the OS in the next day or so, (D.V.) Please join SIW2 when he calls in for a coffee and cake. Blessings ozdennisb
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