On Sat, 12 Jan 2008 23:14:00 -0800, Mason
> Here's the situation:
> I have a computer with 2 hard drives. I have a 250 GB which has all data on
> it and a 160 GB which I use to do a daily system backup.
> In everyone's honest opinion, which of these is better?
It's not a direct answer to your question, but if I were you, I would
seriously rethink your backup strategy. I don't recommend backup to a
second non-removable hard drive because it leaves you susceptible to
simultaneous loss of the original and backup to many of the most
common dangers: severe power glitches, nearby lightning strikes, virus
attacks, even theft of the computer.
In my view, secure backup needs to be on removable media, and not kept
in the computer. For really secure backup (needed, for example, if the
life of your business depends on your data) you should have multiple
generations of backup, and at least one of those generations should be
If I were in your shoes, I would buy a USB drive enclosure ($20-25 US)
and mount your backup drive in it (mounting the drive is very easy and
takes under five minutes). Keep it connected only when you are backing
up and restoring and, besides being much more secure, your question
You can read my general advice on backup here:
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP Windows - Shell/User
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