Some years ago I had a laptop crash but had everything backed up ok. Then I got a PC and after a few years had a disk crash but all was backed up and it wasn't my C: drive so no great problem.
This last month I bought a new PC with Windows 10 installed on its SSD, and Windows 10 disc supplied, and completed copying all my files across this last week along with a copy of all files backed up to an external HDD.
Yesterday I started cleaning all files off the old PC and had almost completed checking there were no residual items that had not been copied across when the old PC just packed up. Nothing on the monitor and not even able to switch the PC off without pulling out the plug.
So now I am worried that if anything was to go wrong with the new SSD I would not be able to recover the situation, which brings me to my question:
Given that I have an SSD and only one HDD what sort of system backup should I need ? Should I install a second HDD or can I get away with a recovery disc, or have I enough to recover with the Windows disc and backup external HDD?
Excuse my ignorance but I just need reassurance that I am covered for any eventuality .
I would fit an HD in your PC and use this for data (D, keep just the OS on the SSD (C) and you'll continue to get the speed benefits
I would then use backup software to create a scheduled Full/Incremental image of both partitions, Macrium is available as a free download
I would then utilise the external HD as an off site back up, just perform a manual full backup (don't copy the scheduled image)
Dagwood said Given that I have an SSD and only one HDD what sort of system backup should I need ?
i don't get this im not sure if im reading correctly but this is what he said
he has a second drive yes or no
if yes well all the backup to the hdd should be good
And the second/external HDD can be set up with a boot partition which boots into Macrium Reflect Free, and a data partition which holds the backup image(s) to restore. When I upgrade a laptop, I usually buy an external USB enclosure ($10 on ebay) for the old HDD to turn it into an external USB hard drive.
but ssd drive and hdd is int that 2 drives what is the need for a external drive robgr
its ok no problem it was a bit confusing to me too that's y i ask lol
Yes, the SSD would be one drive and the HDD would be a second drive. If he puts data and/or user folders on the HDD, then he will need still another drive to hold backups. If he leaves the data and user folders all on the SSD, then the existing HDD can be used to hold the backups.
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