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#1 gasman336

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:07 PM

Okay, let me start off by saying that I have two home desktops computers, they are both Dell's running Windows 7 professional 64 bit. I like to get the habit of backing up our data - especially photos and my Microsoft money data. Dell keeps asking me to make recovery and backup disk but I was thinking of purchasing a large external hard drive or should we upload the backup in an online storage or both?  What would be the easiest to do? You never think of this thing until you encounter a problem so I want to be more proactive.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:16 PM

Easeus Todo Backup Free allows you to create complete disk images and or file backups on a schedule to a USB external drive, both incremental and differential. It has an easy to learn interface. It also allows you to mount the complete disk image as a virtual disk so you can pull any file out of the image. It will create a bootable DVD or USB flash drive. This would let you recover the disk image from the external drive should the computer no longer boot because of malware or file system corruption. If the drive fails you can replace with a clean new drive, boot the Easeus boot media, and recover the image from the external drive. No partition and format is required.

 

https://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

 

Easeus also has the option to do a cloud backup to one of the cloud services if you have an account.

 

https://www.easeus.com/support/todo-backup/cloud-backup.html


Edited by JohnC_21, 04 December 2017 - 12:34 PM.


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:19 PM

Great. Thank you. 



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:35 PM

Your Welcome, hope Easeus works for you. 



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Posted 04 December 2017 - 12:36 PM

"...recovery and backup disk..."  Go ahead and make both a USB and a DVD set; one never knows when such is needed.  Although +1 to the previous poster about using a well-known/well-respected 3rd party backup / restore / clone program to make routine, bi-monthly or bi-weekly, backups onto any affordable, reliable, external media.

 

I see JohnC and I posted at the same time  :)


Edited by RolandJS, 04 December 2017 - 12:37 PM.

"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)

"I heard Spock finally got colander!"  "I believe the word is Kolinahr."  "Oh."


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Posted 07 December 2017 - 11:42 AM

Honestly for photos, I think these are precious and I will never take a risk with these.

 

I store all photos on a Virtual Machine on a RAID5 volume, which is sync'd to Google Drive, and then also backed up onto external HDD.

 

Backing up to HDD is okay - just don't keep them in the same building - Offsite is always best!!!



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:21 PM

IMO: the fastest/easiest way to (frequently) backup your files (e.g. photos, any personal data/files, etc) is to use a synchronisation software.

I've been using in the past 5-6 years FreeFileSync (http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/freefilesync.html) to synchronise all my (personal) files with several external backup drives (total 3 external HDDs).

Additionaly: Twice a month I'm also creating FULL (not only incremetal) images of all my laptops/system SSDs (currently running 3 laptops).

 

Online storage: i dont think its a good idea because not all providers are offering encryption so uploading files/documents with personal informations could be very risky.

IMO: best solution is to buy 2 or 3 external drives and frequently synchronize all private/personal files (stored on your internal HDDs) with them.

 

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Edited by LASERzzzzzz, 09 January 2018 - 09:27 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:16 PM

I forget to mention earlier, it's a good idea to make any and all Dell recovery/repair USBs and DVDs -- because those, while not being at all involved with making backups, are involved in bringing back a computer to Dell factory spec -- if that is ever needed to be done.


"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forums/45/Computer-Technologies/

Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)

Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)

"I heard Spock finally got colander!"  "I believe the word is Kolinahr."  "Oh."





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