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Windows 7: Set Up Computer with Backup Boot Drive

04 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Set Up Computer with Backup Boot Drive

Hello, I am wondering if there is a way for me to set up my computer in the following manner:

C: <- Main Boot Drive (60GB SSD)
D: <- Copy of Boot Drive (60GB SSD)
E: <- Program Drive (1TB HDD)
F: <- Storage Drive (2TB HDD)
G: <- Download Drive (500GB)

I have done the separate program and storage drive before, but I was wondering if perhaps a way to back up my boot drive without necessarily raid. It was brought to my attention that if something were to go wrong with the data then raid would automatically copy it (which makes sense), or am I worrying to much?

Any advice on this would be much appreciated, thanks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Are your programs so large that they will not fit on either of the SSDs??

The first thing I notice about your plan is that I see no evidence of a backup drive for your data.

With 5 drives, I'd think you could do better, but you may have some oddball requirement.

My first impulse would be something like:

C: SSD; OS and applications if they will fit.

D: SSD; Applications if they won't fit on C.

E: 1 TB, Data

F: 2 TB, backup of E plus images of C and D.

G: 500 GB, downloads if they will not fit on E or F.

I've heard of people attempting a live backup of C on another drive, but it seems like a lot of work to attain what is normally done by imaging---which would slow you down by maybe an hour if you had to restore after a failure.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Place the programs on the OS SSD to benefit from the faster speeds, lest what's the purpose of SSD?

Link your data from HD by organizing into User folders, rightclick to link to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

If you run out of SSD space, uninstall lesser used programs and reinstall to the storage HD.

You don't need a clone onboard. Just keep a current Win7 backup image in storage HD.
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