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Windows 7: Best way to sync two disk drives?

14 Dec 2010   #11
allend66

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

I used to use SyncToy from M$ but changed to GoodSync ($19). There is a free version of GoodSync but it has limitations (300 files per sync). It also syncs your online storage account. (webDAV, ftp..)


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14 Dec 2010   #12
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

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This won't work in his situation. He only wants to back up the data partition from drive 1 to drive 2.
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How to setup a sync so it auto copies data from 1st disk to data in 2nd disk? I don't want to do this manual each time I save/edit one file on 1st disk data then copy/paste it onto 2nd disk.
I'm not sure why you say it won't work. It sounds like it's exactly what he needs. He wants saves/edits to be mirrored as well, not just a static backup.
Mirroring will only work for the entire drive not for a partition on a drive with multiple partitions. I use SyncToy from MS and it works great. I have moved files after renaming them and it picks up on the changes and updates the backup disk.

Jim
Then, how did this guy mirror two of three partitions on his drive?

Cannot mirror 3rd partition of Disk 0
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14 Dec 2010   #13
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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Then, how did this guy mirror two of three partitions on his drive?
You can do it with individual partitions, but the entire drive must be converted to Dynamic, I believe. I'm still a believer in the age-old addage of never letting software do the job of hardware. To me, RAID should be done at the controller, and not through the OS....but that's just me. Too many software RAID failures to ever trust it.
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14 Dec 2010   #14
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Win7 backup imaging and file backup both will do scheduled incremental backups. https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/663-backup-complete-computer-create-image-backup.html
https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/615-backup-user-system-files.html

MS has perfected their Sync program which is now called Live Mesh. It can synchronize across HD;s or computers, even save a copy online at SkyDrive so you can access your files from any computer or device. Live Mesh: Better Alternative to DropBox, 5GB Free Space | Free Software
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14 Dec 2010   #15
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

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Then, how did this guy mirror two of three partitions on his drive?
You can do it with individual partitions, but the entire drive must be converted to Dynamic, I believe. I'm still a believer in the age-old addage of never letting software do the job of hardware. To me, RAID should be done at the controller, and not through the OS....but that's just me. Too many software RAID failures to ever trust it.
Well, I learn something everyday.

Jim
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20 Dec 2010   #16
turbostream

Win 7
 
 

So I got the disk a bit late and installed SyncToy. Seems to be working quite well. Thanks a lot for your help.

Was a bit curious about the transfer speed between two WD disks. Motherboard and disks support speeds up to 3Gb/s bit I only get around 70-80MB/s.
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20 Dec 2010   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Or you can use the already-built-in features of the Windows 7 OS and just mirror the partition. Both partitions are automatically synced when any change happens to either. No need for any extra software that you have to worry about scheduling.

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
This is a software Raid which mirrors 2 drives, not 2 partitions. And it does not work in Win7 Home editions.
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20 Dec 2010   #18
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

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Or you can use the already-built-in features of the Windows 7 OS and just mirror the partition. Both partitions are automatically synced when any change happens to either. No need for any extra software that you have to worry about scheduling.

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
This is a software Raid which mirrors 2 drives, not 2 partitions. And it does not work in Win7 Home editions.
It was already stated above that it does, in fact, work with partitions and not just an entire drive.

However, it would be good for the OP to clarify what version he has in order to determine the feasibility of this option for him.
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20 Dec 2010   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Or you can use the already-built-in features of the Windows 7 OS and just mirror the partition. Both partitions are automatically synced when any change happens to either. No need for any extra software that you have to worry about scheduling.

Use Drive Mirroring for Instant Backup in Windows 7 - How-To Geek
This is a software Raid which mirrors 2 drives, not 2 partitions. And it does not work in Win7 Home editions.
It was already stated above that it does, in fact, work with partitions and not just an entire drive.

However, it would be good for the OP to clarify what version he has in order to determine the feasibility of this option for him.
Yeah, provided all partitions on the drive are dynamic. And try to boot from a dynamic disk.
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20 Dec 2010   #20
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Why would you need luck? In another one of my above posts linking to another user's thread where he was trying to mirror a partition, you can see that his boot disk is dynamic and he's currently booted into Windows 7.

I would assume this is the same user in this thread below as well, where he successfully converted his boot drive to a dynamic disk:

Can you convert Windows 7 boot partition into a dynamic disk - windows-7
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