Windows 10: Can I backup to an internal drive? Solved

  1.    28 Jul 2017 #1

    Can I backup to an internal drive?


    I am using Windows 10 with Dell that I purchased desktop that came with Windows 10.

    I back up my files to external hard drive without a problem but I want to back up my files to internal hard drive as well. Both. I just want to be safe. I click add driver but it didn't find anything.. When I reconnect my external drive and it found its driver. What about internal hard drive like C: ? I want it to add to C: as well. I don't understand ?

    Sorry about my English. Cheers.
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       28 Jul 2017 #2

    Most desktops allow adding more physical drives and work fine. The key is that one not do backups to a partition on the same drive the Operating System is installed on, if a drive has major failures all partitions could be lost. All drives need at least one partition, adding in a second hard drive doesn't add to C:, usually becomes D: or other letter usable for storage of items such as a backup.
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  3.    28 Jul 2017 #3

    Berton said: View Post
    Most desktops allow adding more physical drives and work fine. The key is that one not do backups to a partition on the same drive the Operating System is installed on, if a drive has major failures all partitions could be lost. All drives need at least one partition, adding in a second hard drive doesn't add to C:, usually becomes D: or other letter usable for storage of items such as a backup.
    So I just use E: as my external hard drive to focus and backup from C: to E: ?
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       28 Jul 2017 #4

    If you don't have a second hard drive in the computer then Yes, you can use an External drive for backups.
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  5.    28 Jul 2017 #5

    Berton said: View Post
    If you don't have a second hard drive in the computer then Yes, you can use an External drive for backups.
    Great. Thanks.
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  6.    28 Jul 2017 #6

    There is one advantage to doing a backup to the same physical internal HDD, just a different partition. If something should happen to the Windows install itself, and not the physical hard drive, it is a much quicker restore from the internal HDD than the external drive.
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       29 Jul 2017 #7

    azoreseuropa said: View Post
    I am using Windows 10 with Dell that I purchased desktop that came with Windows 10.

    I back up my files to external hard drive without a problem but I want to back up my files to internal hard drive as well. Both. I just want to be safe. I click add driver but it didn't find anything.. When I reconnect my external drive and it found its driver. What about internal hard drive like C: ? I want it to add to C: as well. I don't understand ?

    Sorry about my English. Cheers.
    I have my OS on a SSD (drive C) and user files on a HDD. The HDD has two partitions - one for user files and one for backups. I backup the OS (using Reflect) to the HDD backup partition and backup the OS & user files to an external HDD also. That way I have two OS backups and can store the external HDD in a safe place.
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  •    29 Jul 2017 #8

    Steve C said: View Post
    I have my OS on a SSD (drive C) and user files on a HDD. The HDD has two partitions - one for user files and one for backups. I backup the OS (using Reflect) to the HDD backup partition and backup the OS & user files to an external HDD also. That way I have two OS backups and can store the external HDD in a safe place.
    Hi there
    for EXTERNAL backup of the OS you can use an SSD connected to USB3 port via a sata--->USB3 connector -- or directly if your pc has an accessible esata direct connection. Even with USB3 the restore from an external SSD will be FAST. I prefer that method as one doesn't need restores that often (hopefully) and especially with a laptop I prefer not to "duplicate" data on the laptops internal drives as there's usually limited HDD space. If travelling carrying an extra SSD isn't a problem --probably weighs even less than a typical USB stick !!!.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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