So here's the fun.
Recently, I upgraded my OS partition to an SSD, and started using symlinks to use the SSD for games. Fun stuff, and I'm really enjoying the overall system smoothness. However, like any newer technology, I don't really trust SSDs, so I decided to start making backups- and after trying to use the Windows Backup application built into Windows 7 to do the migration (unsuccessfully, it's not flexible or fast enough), I wanted to try and use it to manage my backups.
And then I ran into a snag.
While Windows Backup is great for backing up everything to one location, this doesn't work for me- I'm using a single 1TB Green drive to backup the SSD and my Applications drive, which works, but I also have a pair of 2TB Green drives, and would like one to backup the other. Sadly, Windows Backup doesn't allow you to map backup sources and backup destinations, outside of 'select everything you want to backup and select where all of it will go'.
What I'm really looking for is an inexpensive or freeware tool that you guys have found to be reliable that will allow me to do what Windows Backup does not.
Solutions I have considered are:
Mirror RAID the 2TB Green drives (don't have a RAID board, though, so software?)
Use a regular batch wipe and copy from one drive to the other (or just copy and replace?), but this would not account for file deletions
Create a software JBOD array with the 1TB and 2TB backup drives, and then let Windows Backup use this as it's destination drive
I don't really like any of these, however, since the 2TB drive I need backed up only holds files/media, I don't need anything elaborate. I just want something that can keep up with changes on the source drive without overly taxing the backup drive, like a mirroring RAID would. What do you guys think?
*Edit- well, I've figured that I have enough space to save everything off of the 2TB drive, onto other drives; once I've done that, I intend to use the Drive Management tool to create a software mirrored array. While I'm waiting on this thing, I do have a few questions though:
1. Is this a good idea? Related to the OP, is there a software solution that's better and will save on mutual drive wear and tear?
2. How does recovery work? Will either drive work immediately as an independent drive if the array is broken due to drive failure or otherwise?
3. Can this array be migrated? I will most likely carry the current OS install if I change boards, but will this be a problem, and what if I have to wipe the OS?
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