I have been using a Maxtor external drive, sadly it has stopped working.
As the drive does not like windows 10 I cannot test it easily.
I have a desktop computer with 931Gb drive of which 103Gb is in use. I
would dearly like a simple, well easy to operate, backup and restore
software and a suitable external drive. All help welcomed. TIA
For drives, I favour Western Digital though I am using a Toshiba
portable drive (USB) on this laptop. For software, I've been using
Macrium Free for some years now and it have never let me down - and it
is very cheap!
One of the best things I learned over the years is to divide large disks
running under Windows into at least two partitions. I reserve one
partition for the operating system with as little else as reasonably
possible. So I can backup and restore my main "C" drive in less than ten
minutes. Other data I backup and restore less frequently.
Since I retired I don't bother with scheduled backups, I just backup and
restore as required. I backup the C drive after updates or other major
changes, and I restore it after installing unwanted software or
suspicious activity. Data drives, including email, I backup about every
On Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:40:56 UTC+1, Brian Gaff wrote:
That's called backup software it's on a mac in the form of Time Machine, it
can be used with Apples Time Capsules.
But I prefer local HD backups personally, not that there's anything wrong w
ith network storage for relatively small size files.
I prefer manualy backing up files when I feel like it, but do use time mach
ine and in fact have just recieved a 2TB WD HD for work after realising tha
t the college network didn't back up my files and wasn't interested in sett
ing an automated backup, so I have to DIY it :-)
I find little batch files based on robocopy are very convenient. For
example I back up the data on a couple of laptops to their SD card, then
swap these out periodically as "offsite copies" kept in the workshop.
This one is something else, it takes all the data on a USB stick and
backs it up to a windows machine. (Obviously, the stick *has* to be the
H drive). The clever bit is the /MIR switches. I forget what they all
do, but this includes just copying files which have changed. The pause
is to let you see that it has worked.
robocopy H:\ c:\Users\me\documents\H_backup /MIR
I gave up with local backups and went to
£12/month for 1TB, but zero knowledge encryption, Swiss DC and works on
everything (even Linux - the client there is fully fledged).
Be aware that with robocopy, the /MIR switch will delete a file in the
destination if it no longer exists in the source, that can catch people
out if they expect files to "accumulate" in the destination over time ...
Ah yes, very good point. But I am using that deliberately in some of my
cases where I might change file names to help manage data structures
better. It does mean you are not left with multiple copies of otherwise
very similar stuff, much of it slightly out of date.
I always wonder why so few seem to recommend Microsoft's Synctoy to
provide the various types of data backup as discussed above. Is there a
xcopy d:\usr\*.* H:\Archive /d/s/i/c/r/h/y/f
will copy all new files and folders on d:\usr to the backup drive h:,
and overwrite existing backed-up files on H: with the newer versions on
d:, without deleting anything on H.
But sometimes it's handy to keep the earlier versions.
Why doesn't the drive like Windows 10? Is it formatted with a file
system W10 can't read? What error message - if any - does W10 give? Does
the disk work on other machines? What is its interface? USB?
I haven't used Windows of any flavour for about three years, but when I
did I used EaseUS Todo backup. Simple, effective, and reliable (and free).
GIYF but there is loads you can try, depending on how much time you have
to waste. Do you have access to any other Windows PCs? Do you know
anyone with a Mac or a Linux box? You could get yourself a Linux boot
stick for about a tenner from eBay, or download and burn your own. Then
see if they can mount the drive.
If it is a fairly old drive and there is nothing of value on it perhaps
it is simplest to throw it away and buy something else.
it may be the hard drive broken or the enclosure.
New USB enclosures are about £10 on ebay, USB3 is fastest (and backwar
I have lots of external hard drives with various old backups.
I dont bother with software to backup,
just use windows to open two file windows and copy across into a new folder
on external hard drive (or to an old folder if I want it just to overwrite
files which i've changed since last time.
I agree with Oliver, I have a C: windows partition and a D: data partition
which holds my documents and most of my other data folders, and my thunderb
ird email folders.
On Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:32:23 UTC+1, Broadback wrote:
You've already got easy to operate software. OPen file manager, select all, copy. Go to your new external usb disc, create a new folder and paste. It could not be simpler. You certainly should have more than 1 backup disc if you want to keep your files.
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