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Help with backing up 2 computers to an external HDD.


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tlcmd

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I would appreciate some advice and sugestions. My wife has a desktop with Win 7 which has a 1TiB HDD and a Laptop running Win 8.1 with a 700 Gig HDD. She has purchased a 2 TiB external hard drive and asked me to back both of her computers up on it.

My gut feeling is to partition the external hard drive and use each computer's back up program to back the computers up to separate  partitions. However, I would like to be able to occasionally bring these backups up to date without having to wipe the HDD and start all over again. So, in order to keep her happy, I'd appreciate some advice.

 

I need to add that she considers her computers to be tools and, like her cars, she wants them to work without necessarily understanding why. 

 

However, I am pretty much a Linux guy, giving up on Windows several years ago, but I've tried to stay as up to date as possible with Windows since my wife is wedded to them. 

 

I would appreciate advice and suggestions, please. I am reposting this on the in 8 forum also.

 

Thanks,

tlcmd




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Maybe in this case you want to "clone" the partitions of the two hard disks into corresponding volumes on the huge 2 Tb "backup" and then periodically "sync them". :unsure:

 

You are well within the MBR "style" limits, so there are not any of the (BTW perfectly solvable) possible complications of GPT to be taken into account.

 

Expecially if you (or your wife) are not going to re-partition the devices' hard disks, this would probably be the most simple approach and there are several Windows tools that can be used to perform the periodical "syncing" (since you are a Linux guy, think of rsync), the advantage of this approach is that should the need arise these backups may double as "bare metal restore".

 

How are the current hard disks partitioned?

 

Are you going to create the new disk layout from Windows or from Linux?

 

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