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Backup Options Other than an External Hard Drive

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  1. JasonCarmichael

    JasonCarmichael Thread Starter

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    Well,

    What can I use to backup 2TB that is not a hard drive?
     
  2. lunarlander

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    So tell us what the 2 TB thing is !! Can't help without knowing that .
     
  3. JasonCarmichael

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    Huh? I have 2Tb on my computer. I want to archive it, just in case the HD dies.

    128 gb system sata
    512 gb program raid nvme
    8 TB data hard drive USB 3.0
     
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    The cheapest and fastest way, is to get another HDD of similar or larger size.

    Any other options (ie: tape drives, CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, cloud) will all be more expensive and time consuming.
     
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    You post
    You state you have an 8TB usb type drive. Why not simply use what you have for making a backup?
    Note an external type drive is not "On the computer"
     
  7. lunarlander

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    The Macrium Reflect Free does a drive image and it is compressed. You can optionally set it to do maximum compression, which can save you a few GB of space.
     
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    Jason, your post could use some further explanation.

    I use Syncback Free to back up a data base to external usb hard drives and selected elements to usb flash drives.
    I don't image it.
    I only image my operating systems.

    And about the 'shutup'? What does that refer to?
     
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    Why do you not want to backup a 2TB hard drive to an external hard drive?
    I image all my computers on to external portable hard drives.
     
  10. JasonCarmichael

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    What is available to archive 8TB of data for home use.

    It does not matter what the data is on, It is irrelevant to the question

    It is not a matter of IF the hard drive fails it is a matter of WHEN.

    If you do not have an answer, why comment?
     
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    Very simple; a NAS with at least 6TB since any image backup will use compression. Here is an example; https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA5AD5WA6698
    You still have not answered the question put to you in post #6
    You stated to backup what is on the computer. An external drive is not on the computer. It would make the most sense to use what you already have in place however up to you.
    If you want a detailed answer, you need to be precise in how you ask the question. Include as much info as possible in your post.
     
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    I think you are confused.

    You started out with a 2T data base that all of a sudden grew to 8T.

    Now you claim it's irrelevant what the data is on. You told us it was 2T, that was not on a hard drive, but that you have an 8T usb hard drive.

    You solved your own problem of where to back up that 2T and for some unknown reason didn't recognize it. If that wasn't good enough, perhaps a raid setup, or going with a NAS as crj mentioned? Or maybe just as simple as buying another usb 8T drive?

    Then you make the already known statement, by most at this forum, hard drives fail.
    Here's something to think about. Most gadgets that save data eventually fail.
    Your statement was known, thus irrelevant.

    Why comment? That's a good one.
     
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    I'm going for the shutup option. :censored:
     
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  14. JasonCarmichael

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    Thanks for adding your 2 cents. And yet no solution for archiving 2 TB, not on a hard drive.
     
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    If by chance you use GNU/Linux as your OS and are of adventurous type then feel free to use the dd command to make disk images. dd stands for disk descriptor / copy and convert (and also as disk destroyer, be careful)

    To clone /dev/sdc (250G) to /dev/sdd (250G) in Linux, enter:
    sudo dd if=/dev/sdc of=/dev/sdd bs=64K conv=noerror,sync

    Explanation,
    if=/dev/file : Input device/file.
    of=/dev/file : Output device/file.
    bs=64k : Sets the block size to 64k. You can use 128k or any other value.
    conv=noerror : Tell dd to continue operation, ignoring all read errors.
    sync : Add input blocks with zeroes if there were any read errors, so data offsets stay in sync.


    Be extra careful when running commands prefixed with sudo.
     
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