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Is It Best to Keep External Backup Hard Drive Powered Off

Q: Is It Best to Keep External Backup Hard Drive Powered Off

I use a Seagate USB 3.0 external hard drive to do automated system backups on a weekly basis, using both Windows and Acronis. I have always left this drive on all the time, even though I only use it weekly.

I have read where some users power their external hard drives off between backups.

Any recommendations on the best thing to do.......leave it on or turn it off?

Thanks in advance.........

Preferred Solution: Is It Best to Keep External Backup Hard Drive Powered Off

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A: Is It Best to Keep External Backup Hard Drive Powered Off

If you can disconnect this drive when backups are not happening, you increase your odds of not having any viri or malware hitting the ext HD. Other than that, disconnecting and powering off ext HD saves some wearNtear on said device.

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

A:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from sourceforge.net.

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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I've got a new external hard drive.
I have many other external hard drives for which I want to backup the files of.

What's the best way of copying files from one drive to another?

1. Should I connect both on USB3 and copy one from another?


2. Copy to computer and then copy to new hard drive?

I've got a feeling that the second option might be the best one?


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I've tried Ubuntu from a cd, and decided to do do a full install alongside XP.

I've backed up my HD to an external HD.

I wanted to see if I had a good backup, so tried to boot up from the external HD - but my screen just goes blanc.

Start/my compter/e-drive shows that I have a backup file - if I click on that, the backup/restore wizzard opens. Not sure I want to restore - i just want to check all my data is safe.

How can I check that all my data is safe on the external HD before proceeding with the Linux install?



A:Backup to external hard drive.

What software did you use to back up the XP install?

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Hello sevenforums members,

I want to backup my system and then do a clean Windows 10 installation, so my whole system is fresh after installing Windows 10.
Is there a good way to do that?
My real question is: How does the backup on an external hard drive look.
Does it backup in a seperate backup folder, because I have more things stored on that EHD.
Thanks in advance

Greets Ruud

A:How does a backup on an external hard drive look like.

I would use Macrium Reflect from here:
Macrium Reflect Free
Look at the tutorial and the use "create an Image" rather than cloning your disc. Make sure you then create a rescue CD . The tutorial tells you how. If you have any doubts as to how this works come back here for guidance. It is important to get it right. It is always a good idea to create a backup image from time to time on a regular basis. Then if you are unlucky enough to have a major crash you can be back up and running within the hour.

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last backup did not complete successfully. 

A:backup to external hard drive

Boris6, welcome to the forum. When requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them.

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I back up all my changed folders (usually 2 or 3) every evening to an external hard drive. Is it advisable to have the ext. HD plugged into the laptop all the time [usb], or should I plug it in just for the backup operation which never takes more than 2 or 3 minutes? Thanks in advance.

A:External backup hard drive

I would keep it removed.

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On a computer using Windows 7 64 bit. When using external hard drives for data backup. Is it better to format them for MBR or GPT?

I know MBR is old. And I believe the GPT has redundant partition tables. Though have read of some people having trouble getting data off of drives with GPT as the partitions are "protected".

I thought of going with GPT as it has redundant partition tables, whereas MBR only has a single partition table that if it gets corrupted. That can/will screw the whole drive up and the data on it.

I only use these hard drives for data backup.

A:External backup hard drive, should it be MBR or GPT?

This is something you really have to research and decide for yourself. So many variables.


GPT vs. MBR: How the humble drive partition led to the larger hard drives we all love | PCWorld

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I've been using a salvaged hard drive from an old PC (with an enclosure) for my external file back-up.

As it's getting long in the tooth, and capacity is getting pinched, I want to explore a new one (say... 1 to 2 TB range).

I know there's lots of them out there from different manufacturers, but hoped to get a few recommendations from this esteemed forum.

Or maybe it's just all about price given the technology itself is quite "commodity."

Thanks for any input on what to consider.

A:External Hard Drive for BackUp

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Hi, I'm trying to use the Windows 7 Backup to generate a backup which I want to export to my external hard drive. But it keeps failing, is there a way I can use some other program of find a solution?

A:Backup to an external hard drive?

Quote: Originally Posted by rosefox911

Hi, I'm trying to use the Windows 7 Backup to generate a backup which I want to export to my external hard drive. But it keeps failing, is there a way I can use some other program of find a solution?

2 great programs: Macrium Reflex (free)
Acronis (30 day free trial)

Both are highly promoted by members of this forum.

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I'm trying to backup my Windows XP PC to an external 150G hard drive which has two 74G partitions - one formatted for my Mac (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) and the other for PC (MS-DOS FAT(32), or Windows NT File System (NTFS)). I created the partitions using the Mac. I use Time Machine to backup the Mac. I tried using the Backup Tool in Windows but it stops when it reaches 4G of the partition and tells me to insert a floppy disk to continue. How else can I backup my computer to the external drive?

A:How to backup onto external hard drive

NT Backup has known limitations, but the 4GB file size limitation is a FAT32 known characteristic.



I suggest converting the FAT32 partition to NTFS.


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Hi. I have a Lenovo 3000 laptop which works well reading info from any external USB pluged in device, ie my Nokia N95 phone, floopy disc drive, hard disc drive,etc. But when I want to transfer files to the devices, I have no luck at all. I have read the 'Dummies book' and just don't seem to get the pages that are supposed to come up. For example: I wanted to backup to an external hard drive, I should have a choice of where I want to save it to, but I only get the internal CD burner. Same goes for my phone. I get all the info from it, but can't pit anything in it. I tried bluetooth etc., but still only one way traffic! I've checked that the devices are installed correctly etc., but must be doinng something wrong. Can anyone help please?

A:Can't backup to external hard drive, or anything else!

What messages (if any) are you receiving when the copy or move attempt is made?

What method do you use i.e. drag 'n drop from one device to the other?

Some applications automatically default to the CD Burner as the target device as that is where they think you will want to put it.

Is there a small black down arrow beside the burner name or a browse button that will let you dig into the PC to find other devices to back up to.

It can be pretty tricky copying/moving to some external devices such as mobiles, PDA's etc. as they ofteh have their own little ways of doing it.

Some of them use the import/export technique that usually comes under FILE on the application itself when opened.

Can you copy/move from one folder on the HDD to another without any problems and is it only the external ones you are having difficulty with.

On my owm mobile and PDA, there is no way the normal copy procedure works such as using My Computer to drag 'n drop files to the ext devices.

A bit more detail here would help in terms of the exact steps you are taking to try to complete the copy/move procedures.

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Can anyone recommend a reliable external hard drive backup for a laptop. Preferably an automatic one about 500 GB.

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I'm an accidental techie for a charity; Forgive me if this is not in the right forum.....wasn't quite sure....I bought a Seagate external
hard drive that the young man at Best Buy said I could back up my four
person network to. He said I would have to do it manually which I tried to
do using the backup feature in Windows XP. It won't back up to the E
drive. My error message is “This set cannot be catalogued because the media containing the set data is missing” Can someone please in English tell me what I'm missing? Is there
software that is supposed to be involved? I've been looking all over the
net for an answer but everything seems to be going over my head and now I'm just tired and cranky! Thanks, Robin

A:Backup to External Hard Drive

Cobian Backup will do the trick. It's free and will run rings around Windows backup.

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I purchased a Western Digital 250gb external hard drive (My Passport Essential I think) a few years back with the idea that I would use it as a backup to my main computer and/or an alternative hard drive storage for my music. But I have been sadly deceived and luckily I have only used it as a sync/temporary access drive when I needed to print stuff away from home.

Well the time has come to upgrade to a new computer (with more space and speed etc than current) and I have been trying to find ways to transfer my existing files across.

In my search, I have stumbled across many forums/websites that advise the WD external hdd and the preinstalled software (WD Sync/Dmailer Sync whichever it is now) is not suitable as a backup drive and that if the computer is erased and at any point resync'ed, the data on the external hdd will be deleted. Also many people advise they have lost files as a result of computer crashes etc and cannot retrieve the files from either their WD hdd or their computer. All of which has prompted me to start this thread.

Can anyone please tell me, is there a way to...
1. Transfer my files to my new computer using the WD external hdd? NB. Not as important as I have alternative methods/may start another thread.

2. Turn the WD hdd into a back up drive without purchasing the Dmailer Backup software? (NB. I am not opposed to buying new software but I feel I have been "done" by a highstreet (actually retail park) computer store and I don't par... Read more

A:Use Western Digital external hard drive as a backup drive

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I'd like to automatically backup certain folders to an external hard drive every time it's plugged in. I've tried Windows 7 Backup tool but it creates an icon and I would like the folder to be able to be navigatable (for the reason that I need to know what has been backed up and what hasn't, also I don't want to restore an entire folder at times, sometimes I just want to restore a couple of files).

How can I make this happen? Using either Windows 7 backup or another tool

A:Automatic Backup to external hard drive

Hello and welcome WIS mate that sounds like a tall order the only back up I know of is this Set up or change automatic backup settings

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I had a larger Hard Drive installed on my Sony Vaio. 500gb. I ran the backup program from my old 100gb hard drive and it was successful. Now when I try and get the data back from the external hard drive using the recovery tool in Vista, it tells me it cannot recover because it has not made a backup. ?? How do I get all those compressed files from my external hard drive back on my new C: drive like they were on the old hard drive?

A:Restoring Backup from External Hard Drive

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What can I use to backup 2TB that is not a hard drive?

A:Backup Options Other than an External Hard Drive

So tell us what the 2 TB thing is !! Can't help without knowing that .

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I just installed Windows 8. I used to have Vista. With Vista I could connect my Seagate external hard drive and then find the Backup function and create a backup. How would I do this with Windows 8? Help.

A:Creating Backup on external hard drive

Hello Sky, and welcome to Eight Forums.

It basically works the same in Windows 8 as well. The tutorial below can help show you more on how to in Windows 8.

Backup Files in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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when you "backup entire computer" does it take up as much space as your harddrive? I've used about 50 gigs on my computer, but when i do a backup, it only backups up 1 gb? About 35 gigs on my external are used, but this doesn't equal the amount I backed up. Whats the deal?

A:backup wtih external hard drive

sometimes the backup can be compressed.
the best way to backup is just to copy the drive c partition over to another drive or your external hard drive.
how does the backup look. is it just 1 image file you see or is it a file /folder view that looks exactly like your drive c?

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Dear friends,
I encountered a problem that i can not backup my system by using backup and restore function in win7. I had it done before and i have a backup image in my external hard drive. Several days ago the system tried to backup again due to the set backup schedule, but it failed all the time.
Firstly popped up a window saying that: "A shadow copy could not be created. Please check "VSS" and "SPP", application event logs for more information. Details: A Volume Shadow Copy Service component encountered an unexpected error. Check the Application event log for more information. " and offering two options: 1. Try to run backup again, 2. Change backup settings. Because failed for the first one, so i clicked on the second one and another pop up:
"The backup application could not start due to an internal error: A Volume Shadow Copy Service component encountered an unexpected error. Check the Application event log for more information. (0x80042302)."
I searched the internet for solution telling that, like, start Volume Shadow Copy Service in Service, increase the space in disks for system protection, and reboot the computer, etc. I think i tried that all, but the problem is not solved at all.
Also, i tried restoring the system by using restore point, it failed again.
Is there anyone could help? Very appreciated!

A:VSS and SPP problem when ran backup to external hard drive

Hello chinhiunvun, welcome to Seven Forums!

In the Windows start menu type Services and click the entry to see what it's set at.
click to enlarge

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The ?E? drive became missing. I added the drive letter in Disc Management but backup still can?t find it.
Please see attached screen shot. I?m guessing it has to do with Systems Reserve but can?t figure out how to fix that partition which I never saw before. I used Windows Image to backup and then recently tried to save a clone with Macrium Reflect but it failed with a message error 13 broken pipe.
Help please,

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I have used externals for a long time, and went to go get another Toshiba Canvio today. I particularly have appreciated the fact that I could choose to use their back-up software or treat the drive as any internal drive (ie put what files I want and when). I could swap between my win 7 desktop and win8.1 laptop without issues as well.

So, imagine my fun when I learn that their new variety Canvio Connect II has pre-loaded software for back up, cloud and security....ggggrrrrrr. Okay, so I need a drive desperately before my trip end of the month.

1. Does anyone know if I can reformat this drive in Windows and wipe all the pre-loaded stuff?

2. Does anyone know of any external hard drives that behave as an empty drive on the current market?

3. Added it would be sweet if there is a drive anyone knows of that answers #1 or 2 that also can swap with other os-x laptop.

Thanks for any info.

A:External Hard Drive without auto backup

Q1: I don't know "Toshiba Canvio" from a side of bacon, but I'd be astonished if any drive can't be formatted. What's "special" about it that might make it different?

Q2: Most any drive I know of can be treated as an "empty drive". What's special about Canvio that it can't?

There must be more to the story.

Unless there's something I don't understand, I'd wipe the drive and back up to it with the software of my choosing. What's standing in the way of doing that?

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(1) External HDD

Looking for advice/recommendations for a powered external hard drive, to sit on the desk rather than portable.

My hard drive failed a couple of weeks back: luckily most files were backed up online. What I missed was a quicker way of retrieving them instead of downloading... fast broadband where I am isn't very fast! Still not quite through getting it back. Something here would be much easier in an emergency, with the online as a fallback. I did have this "double cover" with an external drive, but sod's law -- it bit the dust a few months ago and I hadn't got round to replacing it. After years without problems I'd got a bit complacent, thinking 'oh well, it's backed up online'. Well, most of it was (not quite all) and it saved my bacon, but I won't make the same mistake again!

The one I had, from quite a few years ago so it did extremely well, was a Maxtor/Seagate One-Touch with its own backup software and power supply, but if the new one doesn't have inbuilt software I can get that separately (see below).

As it's for the desk, I'd rather have something robust, not small, light and flimsy that could easily be knocked or pulled off. The Maxtor was good as it was chunky and weighty (about 1.5 kg). A good shape as it didn't have flat smooth surfaces like I see now: the metal casing was itself mostly encased in a protective nonslip rubbery-like compound (protection against knocks and dr... Read more

A:(1) Which external hard drive? (2) Backup software

I've got a couple 2 tb external passports; one WD, one Seagate, and use MS's Synchtoy to synch them each Friday (keep on at work, one at home).......that's always treated me fine.

I'm sure that there are better options for synch software, but got used to this with xp, never got rid of it.....

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I'm curious to know which is a better, safer, reliable, secure way to backup data, external HD or Online. From what I've read, online may be a cheaper route, but you get what you pay for, and some data isn't worth taking the chance. If I purchase the HD, I have to buy software if I want automatic backups. So I need any input on what might be the better way, cause I just don't know.

Thank you,

A:External Hard Drive vs. Online Backup

Stu, I am going to say online, the thing about external hard drive an I am assuming u mean a USB hard drive is that get extremely hot and burn up the hard drive.

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A mod moved a similar thread of mine to Hardware forum, but I receive no response.
So, I am posting here with more up-to-date infos.

I am running Win 8 in VMware in my Win 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1.

I have a 1 TB external hard drive connected to my Win 7 laptop.
I use it to do System Image backup and I also backup a lot of files to it.

But, Win 8 does not see the external hard drive at all.
I did go to Settings > More PC Settings > Devices > Add a device > it went to look for devises and said No devices found.

So, what is the next move ?

Thank you.

A:Can't do Image backup on external hard drive.

With VMware's Player 4.02 recommended at this time by the way you look at the icons found at the bottom right corner to find any external usb HDs or flash drives plugged in and click on that to disconnect from host first. That will mount the external drive on the VM.

You won't be able to create a full system image backup of the CP from any VM player regardless of which program is used. You are running 8 on a Virtual Machine which makes that option unavailable automatically. Here I will be waiting for the Release Preview due out next month to test the backup features from the second physical drive's replacement of the CP there.

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I am running Windows 7 Pro 32 bit and have my system and files backed up and mirrored to my external hard drive.

If I upgrade to the Windowss Pro 64 bit disc can I then use my external hard drive to put all my programes and files back onto the 64 bit system?

A:Backup 32bit external hard drive to 64

A hard drive is not 32bit or 64bit dependant. You OS (e.g Windows) is. So, if you format and reinstall Windows you will lose everything that is present in the drive or partition that you delete. You will have to reinstall programs, too.

So, moving or copying simple files (e.g docs, photos, music, movies, but not programs) to external drive is definitely a good idea, and you will have no problem to access them with a 32 bit or 64 bit Windows. Some few programs may still work even if you don't reinstall them, but most of them will need to be installed again.

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New desktop with Windows 7 (64 bit) Home Premium.

I want to use a system backup to a 1 or 2 TB external hard drive. Should I use the software within Windows 7 or the software that comes with the external hard drive or other?

Is there a brand of hard drive whose software you can recommend?

Thanks, cb

A:Software for Backup to External Hard Drive

Welcome to SF. I would suggest Acronis software personally. What make is the hard drive and included software? I've also used the W7 back up and found if very capable.

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I hope someone can help me with this question.

I am acquiring a 1.5TB external drive. I will be basically have a single 1.5TB file on this drive. It will be a Truecrypt encrypted archive.

Given that the entire hard disk will be occuppied with one huge file, what is the best way to format it? Is NTFS still the way to go? Does it make sense to increase the cluster size above the 4KB default?

I am concerned about both performance and not wasting space, but the performance is the lesser concern.

Many thanks.

A:Best way to format external hard drive used for backup

Quote: Originally Posted by Cluent


I hope someone can help me with this question.

I am acquiring a 1.5TB external drive. I will be basically have a single 1.5TB file on this drive. It will be a Truecrypt encrypted archive.

Given that the entire hard disk will be occuppied with one huge file, what is the best way to format it? Is NTFS still the way to go? Does it make sense to increase the cluster size above the 4KB default?

I am concerned about both performance and not wasting space, but the performance is the lesser concern.

Many thanks.

Despite being advertised as a 1.5 TB hd, you don't actually have 100% disk space. If you have one 1.5 TB archive, then you will actually need a 2GB TB hd to store it.

I believe NTFS is the way to go. And once formatted, right click on the drive, properties, and look at the available space. Also, your performance on a drive decreases as its capacity is reached. You said performance wasn't your main issue, but there you go anyway.

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I have a dell computer running Windows XP .
When I try to run backup to an external hard disc I get the message below.
The Backup Utility cannot connect to the removable
Storage service. this service is required for use of
tape drives and other backup devices.

Please exit and start the Removable Storage service using
the System Services function of the Management Console.



If I click on OK it will do a backup I should have a cd in the drive and bombs out.

My question is where do I find the Management Console and what do I do then.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanking You in Advance.

A:Problems with backup to external hard drive in win xp

Hi jake09,
When the wizard asks for a location for the backup, just do it to a folder on the desktop and then move it to the external drive.

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Hi all, new to the forum so please forgive me if I don't get terminology right or ask really dumb questions. I have a new desktop pc -HP pavilion p6-2203a- pre installed with windows 7 home premium service pack 1. I have a new 2tb Seagate Expansion external drive. Apparently on the hd I have 1.76tb of space, yet the system will not do a backup as it says there is not enough space. When I check through ''disk management'' the whole bar is blue, I thought if it wasn't used it should be black? Today I have spoken to hp, seagate, and microsoft who all say it isn't their problem and tell me to call one of the others. This pc is only a fortnight old and I have already had no end of trouble with it!
I have also tried to save a copy of the ''system image'', but it won't let me do that either.
Sorry for such a long post but has been a reeeaaaalllly long day trying to fix this and just about ready to throw this thing....

A:New external hard drive 2TB-won't backup-says not enough space

Maybe the backup programs are not ready for very large partitions.
I try splitting it into two partitions. Use one for backups and the other for images.

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I have had a backup hard drive for several years. Recently I went from Windows XP to 7. The person who connected my external drive told me to leave my computer on , e.g., Monday mornings from 8-11 am and it would copy everything new during that time.

So I made up some files and folders about three weeks ago, as a test, and I do not see any of them listed on the ext. drive.

Have I missed something or was I misled? Yesterday was the most recent day that I typed up a document and is is nowhere to be seen. In fact, the most recent entry in the listing on the ext. hard drive is in November.

A:Solved: Is my backup, external hard drive really doing it?

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I use my external hard drive for back up purposes. I manually did a back up on Jan 31 just by copying the files over to the external drive. I now want to back up all the changes to my master files on my PC hard drive as of Feb 1.

Is there a way for me to do this without having to manually go through each folder or overwrite every single file all over again?

Also, through a disk check, my system found some sector errors and truncated some of my files (I think mainly some jpg files) on my external drive. Is there a way to find out which files were impacted so I can overwrite just those with the still good master files?

Makes me feel like I need umpteen backups just to make sure at least some of them survive the various problems that crop up!

Thank you for any help you can provide.

A:How do I backup on external hard drive by date?

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I have a friend's computer that will not let me log on. That's not the issue. I want to back up his hard drive before reinstalling the OS. I plan on removing the hard drive and transferring the data onto an external hard drive and then once the reinstallation is complete, restore the data. The operating system is Windows Home Premium 32-bit.
It seems to me that a while back I had a similar scenario with another machine, also a Windows 7, but was unable to restore the backup data from off the external hard drive back to the computer. I never did find out why. So, I need to get the data off my friend's hard drive before reinstalling the OS but am concerned about not being able to restore that information.
Do I have to install some sort of restore app from Microsoft Windows in order to complete this back up and restore procedure? I could copy and paste, but holy cow—that would take an extreme amount of time!
Again, the steps are: 1. hooking his hard drive up to an adapter 2. locate his drive on my computer. 3. in the properties box of his hard drive click back up. 4. after reinstallation of OS, restore the data off my external hard drive back onto his hard drive.
I'm all ears.
Any advice would be helpful. Thanks

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I want to start backing up my compute to an external hard drive. I have a Dell desktop computer. What is the process to do this?

A:How can I backup by computer using an external hard drive

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What would be a good external hard drive (meaning easy to use for a computer illiterate) for data back-up?

A:Recommend External Hard Drive for backup


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I am trying to backup everything on my computer. What would be a good program to compliment this? I have norton ghost, but all it seems to do is just take an image. I would prefer something where i can manually copy folders from the backed up folder (does norton have this feature, and I am just missing it?)

A:backup computer to external hard drive

Ghost does have the ability to perform File and folder backups. Personally I don't really see the need, as you can mount the image backups you saved, which will then show up as drive letters, allowing you to restore individual files and folders.Ghost: Image Backup vs File and Folder BackupRestoring a Backup in Norton Ghost<-- Not sure if this is up to date, you may want to consult Ghosts Help Files for confirmation.

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I have had two Maxtor external hard drives fail on my wife's PC. Each one has only lasted 18 months or less. Even though the backup process was easy and automatic I am considering going with a Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive to manually backup important files and images. Is there anything wrong with this method of backup that I'm unaware of?

My wife's PC has genealogy software with lots of files and associated images, etc. (for over 40,000 people), which is about 10GB in size. It is this information that needs to be backed-up whenever additions/changes are made.

I am thinking about replacing the [most recently] expired Maxtor external hard drive with either a 16GB or 32GB Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive. Is this a reasonable method for backup? Which GB size would you recommend? Brand?


A:Backup with Flash USB Drive instead or External Hard Drive

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I received a message on how I can back up my HP Notebook. The advice states that I should use a 16 GB flash driveor if I use an 18 GB flash drive the remaining free capacity will not be usable. What is the position if I intend to use a 500 GB external drive?

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I want to back up my hard drive using an external device. I plan to get an external hard drive but is there a better idea? What about Zip Drives? I have heard that they don't hold much data. I have one 80 GB hard drive and one 40 GB hard drive in my computer. Thanks.

A:Solved: External Hard Drive for Backup Duty?

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Hello All,

I have not used an external hard drive before and am wanting to purchase one for backing up my files, etc..

Any suggestions on brand to buy? not wanting to spend a fortune for one though!

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!


A:Solved: Suggestions for using external hard drive for backup

I used an external USB 2.0 drive case (Belkin) and put in an old drive that I had laying around. Use it just like any other hard drive except some versions of Imaging software like Norton Ghost will not recognize it.

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Firstly I know I know I should have backed up, but all may not be lost with the Dell laptop. It ran out of power and now it won't charge up. My cousin says the fizzling noise from the pack on the power lead suggests it's the lead itself, and to try borrow a similar lead. If it's not the lead it may be the battery needs replacing. If neither of these work he says he can open the laptop remove the drive and use some docking thing to transfer all my files onto an external drive for the moment.

I hope to buy an iMac similar to those in my college and therefore I need to buy an external drive that can work with an iMac and a Windows laptop. I asked in a local computer store and the sales assistant told me that he could sell a 3TB drive formatted for windows, but it couldn't work with a Mac. He said that drives need a switch or something to change from Mac or PC. This seems wrong because I bought a small 650GB external drive and formatted it to FAT32 on my tutors instructions and I can easily work on either the college iMacs or my PC laptop at home with no problems. The sales guy seemed surprised by this. Not sure he knew what he was talking about.

Am I right, can I buy any external drive, I had my eye on Seagate STBV3000200 3TB Expansion USB 3.0 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive and simply format it on the Mac to FAT32 and will it then be compatible if I plug it into a PC?

Sorry for the novel, and thanks in advance for any help.

A:Laptop died, and need external hard drive to backup

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I used windows backup to create a backup of my system on an external seagate harddrive. It created an big backup of about 11GB. Now when I try to restore my system using windows backup and restore, it shows the following message "windows could not find a backup for this computer". On selecting "select another backup to restore files from", it is not able to find the backup on the external harddrive. There is no option to browse for the backup except from a network location. So, how do I use the backup?

A:Restore system from backup on external hard drive

Hi rishabhg

See if this will help

Restore Backup User and System Files

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I've really gotten on this.
From my computer I can access my external hard disk, but when I go to create a recovery image the computer doesn't see the external drive.

Is there a setting somewhere I can change?
All my searches tell me about reading the backup from a non detected drive not saving onto a semi detected drive.


A:Location backup doesn't see my external hard drive

Hello windam and welcome to Seven Forums.

It might help to diagnose the problem if you could post a screenshot of your maximized Disk Managment window. It's possible the external drive doesn't have a drive letter assigned, or some other issue.

How To Access Disk Management in Windows 7

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

It would also help to know which imaging utility you're using; the native Windows 7, Macrium, etc.

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Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then restore them to another Computer without Reinstalling them? For example, My computer Windows 7 Home Premium has many softwares, applications, programs, utilities, etc.. That i purchased and dont want to Reinstall them on new computer. Is it possible for them to work without Re-entry keys? Any help I will appreciate

A:Can you backup installed applications to an external hard drive, then

No you can not, in most cases. During the install of almost all programs they write files to parts of the User folders and to the Windows system folders along with placing entries into the registry. Without those files in there proper place and the registry entries the program will not run.

There are some programs that you can do that with but not many.

You will have to Reinstall all your programs on a New computer.

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I have been backing up to an external hard drive using Macrium. I have backed up as images rather than a clone. I would like to reassure myself as to the proper procedure to restore to a new internal SS hard drive. My hard drive is failing and I do have all my stuff backed up, but would like to avoid actually reinstalling both the OS, as well as my stuff. Would like to use the Macrium Image.
LOL thought it best to ask now before that inevitable day actually arrives.

A:Restoring Macrium BackUp from an External Hard Drive

OK well I did precisely this and had no problems. Furthermore I had purchased the Paragon Migrate product and wasn't happy with it.
This is what I did and is just a bit different from the WHS tutorial.

Prepare the SSD. Here I am including a system reserved partition of size 205MB. From an elevated command prompt
1) Diskpart
2) List Dist
3) Select disk n
......n is the SSD disk number
4) create partition primary size=205 align=1024
......the system reserved partition
5) create partition primary align=1024
......the OS partition
6) List partition
......should show
partition 1 primary 1024 kB
partition 2 primary 206 MB
7) select partition 1
8) active
9) select partition 2
10) assign letter=c
The SSD is now prepared.
Connect SSD to sata port 0 and disconnect all other internal HDDs

Transfer the Macrium Images
Using Macrium Reflect free V5. Drag and drop the partition images onto the SSD prepared partitions. The images will then use the target partition alignment. See
Partition Alignment

That's about it. Check Trim and that disk drefrag is off. Windows seems to take care of this.

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