Orange Battery, on 30 December 2012 - 16:09, said:
Thanks for the info everyone. I have decided to use SyncBack Pro (mainly because I already own it). I am copying each desk into its own folder based upon the time that the original DVD was created, I am then running a MD5 checksum to confirm all data was copied across (Syncback has this ability but is so slow).
Once the process is complete, I will have data on my internal drives, backed up to two separate external drives.
Good Man. I love syncback pro. I backup small important files to DVD (and external drives) everything else gets put on internal / external drives. Just don't forget to also have off site external drive backups. Always plan for the worst. My personal rule of thumb is that if I buy a 1 or 2 TB data drive I buy 2 of them 1 for the data one for the backup. For Cheap external off site drives, I would recommend an e-sata dock. As it makes it cheap because you can buy regular internal drives, and fast because you can just stick one of those drives in the sata dock, back it up and pull it out.
if you really want to go overboard you can get a safety deposit box at the bank and every month rotate your backups. That's my preferred offsite backup method. As well as with carbonite, but I don't save all my large iso's to carbonite.
My personal rule is that the offsite backup is never at my house at the same time as my other external drive backup. Which is why once a month I backup to my second 3TB drive and take it to the bank to swap them out. I have 2 3TB drives
One stays at the bank and one stays at my house and every month they get swapped.
Also in my computer is another backup drive which backups up all my large stuff nightly.
I also have an external USB drive for my mom. Every Sunday I go to their house for breakfast. I take that drive and plug it into her computer run sync back then disconnect it and take it home with me. She also has an external nightly backup drive on her desk.