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Old 22. May 2015, 09:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When my wife caught me posting my previous questions regarding backing up my computer, she went out and bought a 2 TiB external hard drive and has asked me to bake her 2 computers up. up.
My wife has a desktop with Win 7 which has a 1TiB HDD and a Laptop running Win 8.1 with a 700 Gig HDD. She has purchased a 2 TiB external hard drive and asked me to back both of her computers up on it.

My gut feeling is to partition the external hard drive and use each computer's back up program to back the computers up to separate partitions. However, I would like to be able to occasionally bring these backups up to date without having to wipe the HDD and start all over again. So, in order to keep her happy, I'd appreciate some advice.

I need to add that she considers her computers to be tools and, like her cars, she wants them to work without necessarily understanding why.

However, I am pretty much a Linux guy, giving up on Windows several years ago, but I've tried to stay as up to date as possible with Windows since my wife is wedded to them.

Thanks for any help and/or suggestions.,

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Old 23. May 2015, 07:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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IMHO, partitioning the external hard drive just to keep backups is overkill. It would be far simpler if you create two folders - one for your wife's desktop and another for her laptop. If the HDD on either her desktop or laptop was partitioned for any reason, e.g. to keep the operating system separate from her personal data, then you could create sub-folders in which you will put the backups that would reflect such partitioning.

For backup software, you can read this article and see which one suits her best: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...g-software.htm

One other thing, if the total storage in both her computers adds up to 1.68TB then a 2TB HDD may be insufficient and would possibly limit how many backups (or versions) she can keep. It'll all really boils down to how much data in total that she has to backup.

As for Linux, I don't know anything beyond some brief meddling with live CD's. Nevertheless, I believe you would get better advice if you post in a dedicated Linux forum.
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Old 24. May 2015, 03:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Joe,
Thanks. I appreciate the info and the link. I'm doing my research in depth so I won't screw anything up. And I have posted on both MSFN and Linux forums since I want to get it as close to "right" as possible.
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Old 24. May 2015, 10:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Sure. No problem. I understand you would want to put the most suitable backup plan in place but you shouldn't let that keep you from making a backup. A backup plan isn't set in stone. You can always modify, adapt and improve it as you go along. If you should ever need it, having a backup, even an "imperfect" one, is better than nothing at all.

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