I have 2 new un-installed 1Tb 3.5“ hard drives that I am going back and forth on how to best utilize them for my 3 computers. I am primarily thinking Backup.
Computer 1: A seldom used Win 8.0 desktop used mostly for non-internet gaming and storage of backup images of Computers 1, 2 and 3. It has a 1 Tb drive that may be failing but has worked fine the past few months (it was very noisy at bootup and tests show 8 bad sectors). It’s about 60% full, mostly with multiple backup images for all 3 computers.
Computer 2: A seldom used Win 7 notebook, about 30% of it’s 250Gb drive has been filled up.
Computer 3: A 250 Gb XP3 notebook about 85-90% filled up. This is my go-to daily use computer. I use many of it’s XP era programs and use Linux (Puppy) for internet use (Live CD).
Originally I was going to install one of the 2 new HD’s into Comp 1 and clone the possibly shakey existing HD contents onto it as protection from a breakdown. The other new HD possibly being converted to an external/portable HD in an enclosure.
However, now I am wondering if I might be better off using both of these new HD’s as external/portable drives in their own enclosures. (Since Comp #1 seems to be running better now...it’s used about once every 3 weeks).
As mentioned, I am mostly thinking BACKUPS for these 2 new drives.