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  1.    24 Dec 2015 #21

    Thanks so much! You as well!!! :)
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  2.    08 Jan 2016 #22

    Just an update to whoever is following, I ordered a WD My Passport, it's about a quarter of the size of what I had, lol. Wish it had a longer usb cord, I assume it's because most people use it with laptops and tablets but I'm still in desktop land....but, I'll deal. My backups are working correctly again and no more external hard drive turning off and on. So, guess I'm all set! Thanks for your help!
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       08 Jan 2016 #23

    You are certainly welcome! As for the external enclosure I mentioned early on in the thread I had to order a separate eSata cable rather then being stuck with another 3ft. usb cord I went with a separately ordered 6ft. eSata cable with the drive that goes in temporarily used for quick transfers when needing over the 128gb capacity of a pair of flash drives. A full system image backup for the laptop I now unfortunately need to replace took some 28hrs. over the average 34min seen with Acronis TI making one on one of the two desktops!

    While the drive that was stuffed into the old enclosure is suspect to being worn and ready for tossing it only took about an hour for a previous image when the laptop was first bought by way of usb. With a desktop even with the second mini tower case a second drive was added internally recently to eliminate the need to store images on the main's extra drives there.

    With that in mind one suggestion I could add here would be that you might want to consider adding in a second drive on your system there which will eliminate any future worry about usb problems. You can find some good prices on 500gb, 750gb, 1tb, or larger drives these days compared to how expensive large capacity drives were only back a good 5yrs. or so! That would have been a thought at least to pass by you before you had ordered Passport.
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  4.    09 Jan 2016 #24

    Thanks for the info, I may consider that in the future, when I can take the time to fiddle around a bit. This does the trick for now. I was surprised in the lower cost, this is a 1tb and was only 60 bucks, a few years back that would be unheard of. At this point I'm just glad that everything is being backed up correctly.
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       09 Jan 2016 #25

    For sure! I had bought a WD Essentials with a 1tb Green model drive which is what goes into those! I later removed it from the original casing finding a guide for that and stuck the 3.5" internally rather then watch the drive run too warm as well as the slowed down access by way of usb back in 2009 while trying 7 out. Later the AcomData enclosure looked like a good deal at the time for better air flow when swapping that out for a pair of WD Black edition Sata 3 drives for the primary and secondary back up drives when putting the previous case together replacing the old Vista case first used for 7.

    For the new enclosure with fan cooling being a large plus factor as well as the eSata I can now work with drives for other builds as well as any swapped out from the two desktops I keep going one being a build for either remote access being portable or simply testing things on. This can also be used to try drives out when in doubt if they are still good or not since I have the opitions for both usb and eSata to work with board controllers directly. For me it will be extra of course already having four HDs in the main build to start with.
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  6.    09 Jan 2016 #26

    :) :)
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       09 Jan 2016 #27

    At least you now know there are some other options available. Besides scheduled backups which tend to be partition you may at some also want to consider seeing a full system image type back up made in the event the OS or even the drive gets trashed or happens to go on you. If you should happen to run into a problem like that you would want to be better prepared and why I am adding that in here at this time.

    The guide for seeing a system image created with the built in option can be looked in case you don't use any 3rd party program like Macrium Reflect, Acronis, or any other imaging wares. System Image - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums[1]=Backup%20Restore

    Anther tool to have onhand besides the 10 media to go live when Windows itself needs a little help in finding out why it won't start up normally and a link I keep in my sig as well is the one for seeing a Recovery Drive made up using an 8gb flash drive as a 4gb is unfortunately too small since the drive runs about 5.56gb on disk. Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums[1]=Backup%20Restore

    These are some in the Backup/Recovery section that can actually help quite well in preventing the need to see everything started all over fresh from scratch.
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  8.    09 Jan 2016 #28

    thank you
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