Solved Better way to do a backup


needlenoses

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I have been consistently doing monthly complete backups of my primary and secondary drives. I can't recall when I started doing this but likely back at least to win 8.
For a number of years I used Norton Ghost until it was discontinued. I liked it as one cold go into the image and choose whatever I needed to recover. Worked well.

So in Win10 and now 11 I have been doing monthly images to a portable USB drive ( now SSD). I want to know if I can just create a copy of my primary to my portable SSD
so in the case of failure I can boot up from the usb SSD and then copy back over to a replacement C drive. Am I making sense ?? I would think it would be better than trying to recover from the Win 11 image.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 up tp date.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built on ASUS board
    CPU
    Intel I5 8600
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime B360-Plus
    Memory
    16 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27D590
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2T SSD Primary/ Samsung 1T SSD secondary; WD 4T for PLEX Storage; WD 4T external also for Plex . Also 3 HDD drives for PLEX backup.
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    82.7 down/21.1 up 5 ms ping
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Building a new desktop on the horizon; this was definitely a budget build based on circumstances at the time.
1) Install Macrium reflect
2) Make an image of your computer on the external ssd
3) Macrium -> other tasks -> Create rescue media on a USB drive

After you replace your failed boot drive use the USB rescue media to restore the Macrium from the external ssd to new internal disk.

With Macrium you can view the saved image and retrieve individual files.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    No Name - Assembled by a Compute shop in a Strip Mall.
    CPU
    Intel i511400
    Motherboard
    ASUS PRIME B560-PLUS motherboard
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    0
    Sound Card
    0
    Monitor(s) Displays
    28 in Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    6 SSDs a mixture of 3 Nvme and 3 Sata.
    PSU
    600w
    Case
    Antec- VSK4000E-U3 Mid Tower
    Internet Speed
    40 MPS download and 3.5 MPS upload. The condo building is nor wired with Fibe yet
    Browser
    Firefox, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 23H3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Omen
    CPU
    Intel Core I9 12900K
    Motherboard
    HP 8917
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 24GB
    Sound Card
    HP
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 HP 27 & 23
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD 1 TB's ea.
    PSU
    HP 800 Watt
    Case
    HP
    Cooling
    Water
    Keyboard
    Logo Tech G 213
    Mouse
    Logi Tech 502
    Browser
    FireFox & UBlock Origin
    Antivirus
    MS Defender / Malwarebytes Prem.
    Other Info
    Macrium Reflect 8.1
I use EaseUs Todo Backup Pro 2024. My personal easy to use favorite. I have Used Macrium and about a dozen others but had 3 of thos softwares including Macrium fail to restore my backups. Ive never had a hiccup with EaseUs. My opinion and my experiences. Macrium Im sure is much better now then 5 to 10 years ago when i had bad experiences happen. Use what makes you comfortable and is best for you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro Version 23H2(OS Build 22631.3527)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    AMD
    CPU
    12-Core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 4950 MHz (49.5 x 100)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master
    Memory
    4 - G Skill Trident Z Neo F4-3600C16-16GTZNC
    Graphics Card(s)
    PCI Express 4.0 x16: PowerColor RX 6800
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220 @ AMD K19.2 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - 27 inch Westinghouse
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD - 2 TB each
    1 SSD - 4TB
    1 HDD - 2TB
    Keyboard
    logitech
    Mouse
    logitech
    Internet Speed
    1 GB
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Eset Endpoint Security
You'd be better off getting Macrium Free from Major Geeks. The Macrium Free Trial Mitch pointed you to reverts to a badly crippled version after the trial period. The Free version (non-trial) will serve you for as long as Microsoft updates don't disable it in some way.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 24H2 26100.994
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 24H2 26100.994
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
Mulled this input over and decided to pick up Macrium from Major Geeks. And I will consider the other suggestions too.
I would have been more than happy to pick up a 2T HD that I could just swap out internally. I am sure there is a safe way to mirror a drive onto another internal. Drive prices have dropped a lot.
Thanks. Ontario, eh!! Me bad in BC
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 up tp date.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built on ASUS board
    CPU
    Intel I5 8600
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime B360-Plus
    Memory
    16 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27D590
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2T SSD Primary/ Samsung 1T SSD secondary; WD 4T for PLEX Storage; WD 4T external also for Plex . Also 3 HDD drives for PLEX backup.
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    82.7 down/21.1 up 5 ms ping
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Building a new desktop on the horizon; this was definitely a budget build based on circumstances at the time.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 24H2 26100.994
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 24H2 26100.994
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
OK; so installed 64 bit version and decided to do a test backup to a new 4T WD passport usb3. It is running now. So, I am pondering what I would do with it if my primary drive croaks on me. I would have no operating system and no Macrium installed. Would I have to boot up with the win 11 boot disk or what. I doubt that Macrium made this passport bootable.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 up tp date.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built on ASUS board
    CPU
    Intel I5 8600
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime B360-Plus
    Memory
    16 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27D590
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2T SSD Primary/ Samsung 1T SSD secondary; WD 4T for PLEX Storage; WD 4T external also for Plex . Also 3 HDD drives for PLEX backup.
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    82.7 down/21.1 up 5 ms ping
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Building a new desktop on the horizon; this was definitely a budget build based on circumstances at the time.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 up tp date.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built on ASUS board
    CPU
    Intel I5 8600
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime B360-Plus
    Memory
    16 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27D590
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2T SSD Primary/ Samsung 1T SSD secondary; WD 4T for PLEX Storage; WD 4T external also for Plex . Also 3 HDD drives for PLEX backup.
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    82.7 down/21.1 up 5 ms ping
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Building a new desktop on the horizon; this was definitely a budget build based on circumstances at the time.
Update folks.
Created first backup with Macrium; created a new Macrium boot disk and booted up the PC from it. All worked fine so far.
But will it work. I am going to hunt around for an old 2T internal drive so that I can do a proper test. Depends on trust if it will actually work. Need to know.
Thanks herds for all the pointers.:rolleyes:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 up tp date.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built on ASUS board
    CPU
    Intel I5 8600
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime B360-Plus
    Memory
    16 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27D590
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2T SSD Primary/ Samsung 1T SSD secondary; WD 4T for PLEX Storage; WD 4T external also for Plex . Also 3 HDD drives for PLEX backup.
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    82.7 down/21.1 up 5 ms ping
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Building a new desktop on the horizon; this was definitely a budget build based on circumstances at the time.
Update folks.
Created first backup with Macrium; created a new Macrium boot disk and booted up the PC from it. All worked fine so far.
But will it work. I am going to hunt around for an old 2T internal drive so that I can do a proper test. Depends on trust if it will actually work. Need to know.
Thanks herds for all the pointers.:rolleyes:
FWIW I schedule Reflect backups of all system and data partitions to an internal HDD and also do manual backups to an external drive stored in a safe location.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self build
    CPU
    Core i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Plus WiFi Z790
    Memory
    64 GB Kingston Fury Beast DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G
    Sound Card
    Realtek S1200A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VP2770
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Kingston KC3000 2TB NVME SSD & SATA HDDs & SSD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNova G2 850W
    Case
    Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Digital Media Pro
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    50 Mb / s
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender
Update folks.
Created first backup with Macrium; created a new Macrium boot disk and booted up the PC from it. All worked fine so far.
But will it work. I am going to hunt around for an old 2T internal drive so that I can do a proper test. Depends on trust if it will actually work. Need to know.
Thanks herds for all the pointers.:rolleyes:
OK, so, my 2cents. I would have a new(er) HDD on standby if this is what you use and Clone your existing OS to this HDD.
IF by any chance, your current HDD craps, as you say, then all you'd have to do is a simple HDD swap and you'd
be back in business for the time it takes to trade places with the old HDD.
Keep doing the images but, have at least One current clone of the current OS.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    windows 11 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI Raider GE76
    CPU
    Core i9 12th gen 12900HK 2.9 MHz
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    32 Gigs DDR5-4800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia RTX 3070 Ti / 8 Gigs DDR6
    Sound Card
    DYNAUDIO - Klipsch 2.1 THX - Sound Effects by Nahimic 3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" 1920 x 1080 360 Hz 3 ms, IPS / Connected to MSI 32 inch curved @ 165 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 / Both
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 2TB (OS) - Solidigm P41 2TB (Storage)
    PSU
    280 watts
    Case
    MSI GE series
    Cooling
    internal
    Keyboard
    Steelseries
    Mouse
    G903 Lightspeed
    Internet Speed
    1000 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox / Opera GX- Do not like Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes'
    Other Info
    just ask.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 22H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI GT73 7RE VR Titan
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 7820HK 2.9 Ghz
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    16 Gigs DDR4 2400 Mhz
    Graphics card(s)
    nVidia 1070 8GB RAM
    Sound Card
    DYNAUDIO / Nahimic 2
    Monitor(s) Displays
    IPS / 120HZ
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080P
    Hard Drives
    Samsung NVME EVO 970 1TB / Samsung SSD (SATA) 1TB
    PSU
    240 watts
    Case
    MSI
    Cooling
    Internal
    Mouse
    Logitech G903 Lightspeed
    Keyboard
    Steelseries
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s
    Browser
    Firefox / Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes'
    Other Info
    none.
OK, so, my 2cents. I would have a new(er) HDD on standby if this is what you use and Clone your existing OS to this HDD.
IF by any chance, your current HDD craps, as you say, then all you'd have to do is a simple HDD swap and you'd
be back in business for the time it takes to trade places with the old HDD.
Keep doing the images but, have at least One current clone of the current OS.
I don't see the point in cloning. You can recover from a Reflect backup image in a few minutes plus you can mount the image file as a virtual drive to access any file / folder. I accept having the spare cloned HDD ready to install saves a day or do waiting for delivery of a new drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self build
    CPU
    Core i7-13700K
    Motherboard
    Asus TUF Gaming Plus WiFi Z790
    Memory
    64 GB Kingston Fury Beast DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 Super Gaming OC 8G
    Sound Card
    Realtek S1200A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VP2770
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    Kingston KC3000 2TB NVME SSD & SATA HDDs & SSD
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNova G2 850W
    Case
    Nanoxia Deep Silence 1
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14
    Keyboard
    Microsoft Digital Media Pro
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    50 Mb / s
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Defender
I don't see the point in cloning. You can recover from a Reflect backup image in a few minutes plus you can mount the image file as a virtual drive to access any file / folder. I accept having the spare cloned HDD ready to install saves a day or do waiting for delivery of a new drive.
I guess we all have our own way of dealing with HDD failure.
As I said, my 2 cents.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    windows 11 22631.3447
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI Raider GE76
    CPU
    Core i9 12th gen 12900HK 2.9 MHz
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    32 Gigs DDR5-4800
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia RTX 3070 Ti / 8 Gigs DDR6
    Sound Card
    DYNAUDIO - Klipsch 2.1 THX - Sound Effects by Nahimic 3
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3" 1920 x 1080 360 Hz 3 ms, IPS / Connected to MSI 32 inch curved @ 165 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 / Both
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 Pro 2TB (OS) - Solidigm P41 2TB (Storage)
    PSU
    280 watts
    Case
    MSI GE series
    Cooling
    internal
    Keyboard
    Steelseries
    Mouse
    G903 Lightspeed
    Internet Speed
    1000 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox / Opera GX- Do not like Edge
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes'
    Other Info
    just ask.
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 22H2
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    MSI GT73 7RE VR Titan
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 7820HK 2.9 Ghz
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    16 Gigs DDR4 2400 Mhz
    Graphics card(s)
    nVidia 1070 8GB RAM
    Sound Card
    DYNAUDIO / Nahimic 2
    Monitor(s) Displays
    IPS / 120HZ
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080P
    Hard Drives
    Samsung NVME EVO 970 1TB / Samsung SSD (SATA) 1TB
    PSU
    240 watts
    Case
    MSI
    Cooling
    Internal
    Mouse
    Logitech G903 Lightspeed
    Keyboard
    Steelseries
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s
    Browser
    Firefox / Vivaldi
    Antivirus
    MalwareBytes'
    Other Info
    none.
I'll had 2 more cents to what @Flashorn said. THIS ^^^^^^^^
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3737
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 nvme+256gb SKHynix m.2 nvme /External +512gb Samsung m.2 sata+1tb Kingston m2.nvme
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
Yes, I could easily just go out and buy another drive. Didn't want to do that because I already have 10 drives on the go now. Just could use a 2T internal drive for a lot of things like testing. I don't know if these backups will actually work. this includes the Win 11 image I do each month faithfully. I have an empty new 4T usb drive floating around and I could set the up so the I could boot from it in an emergency I guess!!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 up tp date.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built on ASUS board
    CPU
    Intel I5 8600
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime B360-Plus
    Memory
    16 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27D590
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2T SSD Primary/ Samsung 1T SSD secondary; WD 4T for PLEX Storage; WD 4T external also for Plex . Also 3 HDD drives for PLEX backup.
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    82.7 down/21.1 up 5 ms ping
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Building a new desktop on the horizon; this was definitely a budget build based on circumstances at the time.
Mulled this input over and decided to pick up Macrium from Major Geeks. And I will consider the other suggestions too.
I would have been more than happy to pick up a 2T HD that I could just swap out internally. I am sure there is a safe way to mirror a drive onto another internal. Drive prices have dropped a lot.
Thanks. Ontario, eh!! Me bad in BC
I have 3 internal drives, all SSDs. But I was using a 2 TB HDD internal drive(G) to backup my 2TB (C) main drive. But I dont wanna lose anything so i stopped backing up internally after a few years, now i backup to a portable SSD drive about once a week manually, i do not leave it plugged into the USB port and I do not Schedule a backup. Note: My external portable drive is a Samsung T7 1TB. Works great. I paid $120 from best buy a few months back. a 2TB you should be able to find for like 150 to 175 and a 4TB well probably 250 to 300 still. I really wish these prices would drop by half but it is what it is. Good Luck
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro Version 23H2(OS Build 22631.3527)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    AMD
    CPU
    12-Core AMD Ryzen 9 5900X, 4950 MHz (49.5 x 100)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master
    Memory
    4 - G Skill Trident Z Neo F4-3600C16-16GTZNC
    Graphics Card(s)
    PCI Express 4.0 x16: PowerColor RX 6800
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220 @ AMD K19.2 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 - 27 inch Westinghouse
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD - 2 TB each
    1 SSD - 4TB
    1 HDD - 2TB
    Keyboard
    logitech
    Mouse
    logitech
    Internet Speed
    1 GB
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Eset Endpoint Security
I use the same T7 but I require a 2T. Win 11 image right now plus the Macrium image which I will also put on the T7 if I have the room on it. Will check later when I catch up on my morning chores.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 up tp date.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Self Built on ASUS board
    CPU
    Intel I5 8600
    Motherboard
    ASUS Prime B360-Plus
    Memory
    16 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    NVIDIA
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27D590
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 2T SSD Primary/ Samsung 1T SSD secondary; WD 4T for PLEX Storage; WD 4T external also for Plex . Also 3 HDD drives for PLEX backup.
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    82.7 down/21.1 up 5 ms ping
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Building a new desktop on the horizon; this was definitely a budget build based on circumstances at the time.

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