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  1. SidewinderVW

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    Hello,
    I am using an external hard drive for backing up my hard drive. I back up using Windows File History found in the Control Panel.
    My question is I have ample space on my external harddrive and would like to back up my other computers on the same hard drive using the same File History.
    Would this be possible? Is there a way that this could be done?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Thanks!
    Follow up question but how many partition can a HD have?
    Does the number of partition allowed depend on the size of the HD?
     
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    For internal and mbr formatted: 4

    I'm not sure about external.

    The size of the hard drive determines how it is formatted. Up to 2TB drives, mbr. Larger drives are formatted gpt.

    I don't know gpt because I don't own any hd larger than 2TB.

    Truthfully, I wouldn't store everything on 1 hard drive even if it is large. If that dies, you've lost backups from all the computers. Consider getting a 2nd hard drive and doing 2 computers on one and the other two computers on the other. The next time you backup swap the hard drives. That way, if a hard drive dies, you still have all 4 computers backed up on the good hard drive.

    I image 4 computers about every 4 - 6 weeks. I rotate between 7 external hard drives because if 1 drive dies, I have images on 6 other drives.
     
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    images? I'll have to google that.
    I currently use file history to back up. Is imaging separate from file history?

    I was thinking 1 external drive for 4 computers. But the issue of the external drive dying too crossed my mind.

    Reading your post, seems like I can image multiple computers on 1 external drive. Is this correct?
     
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    Yes, you can image multiple computers on one hard drive.
    I name my images with the computer name and date.
    We currently own 4 Windows 7 computers: eMachine, dell and 2 Acer netbooks.
    I start with e, or D for eMachine or Dell and the Acer's I use 722 or V5, which are the models.
    If I were doing an image today of my Acer netbook, I'd name it V5_14Feb2019

    I can fit about 20 images on a 1TB external hd.
     
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