Re: Backup & Restore on Vista Ultimate to Multiple Drives
On Tue, 15 Jan 2008 17:36:01 -0800, btvarner
> I am a photographer and actually have instances of all my images. 1st on the
> internal HD. 2nd on an always attached external HD. 3rd on an always
> attached external HD to another PC in the house. 4th on a monthly attached
> HD that is then removed to different premises.
> Hi Ken,
> Understood that lightning or other disaster could wipe out the three
> instances at once. I would still have the offsite backup + in my experience
> the most likely disaster would involve only the loss of one HD at a time so I
> am willing to take that chance.
It's entirely up to you, of course. My view is that the only point of
using an external drive as opposed to an internal one is that the
external doesn't have to always be attached, and that permits you to
reduce your risks. If you don't think the extra risk is significant,
that's your choice, but then why do you bother using external drives
instead of internals?
> I guess then the answer is that Vista Backup & Restore cannot accommodate a
> schedule to backup to more than one locate? Also, I do not understand your
> recommendation to just attach the other HD each night. I tried that and it
> appears to me that the first drive had the true backup and the other drive
> only had the "differential" copy??
I have always preferred to use better backup software that what comes
with Windows, so I can't really address the details of how Vista's
software works, or how it can be scheduled. I have also always avoided
doing differential backups, and always preferred full, stand-alone
backups. If you are doing differential backups, you may not
realistically have the choice I recommended.
> > Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP Windows - Shell/User
> > Do you keep these drives connected all the time? If not, just plug in
> > the appropriate drive each night.
> > If they are connected all the time, I would rethink that practice, if
> > I were you. That's virtually the same thing as backing up to internal
> > drives, and runs the same risks--you are 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.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP Windows - Shell/User
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