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I have a new computer as of a month or so ago.
I booted it up in Windows today with the view of making a backup.


I am using a new Dell Win 8 system as of this week, and the backup options are generally irrationally designed.

I wanted to make a system backup/recovery disk--it would need ~12GB, so three disks (DVD = 4+GB/disk). Can't do it. Why? Because Dell's software will ONLY burn to "non-rewritable" media. I use rewritable media so I *can* reuse it later.

So, it is a Seagate HDD (1TB), so I figure I can clone the HDD and get everything onto a backup HDD. Acronis/Seagate software. Nope. Reports something "invalid" on reboot--won't clone the drive.

Tried 3-4 other options, none worked.

I am running USB3 RAID boxes (2 boxes, 4 drive spots/box)--so that means it could be used to mirror drives.

Also recommend doing upload daily to "cloud storage" and copy that pile of data weekly/monthly to a couple local HDDs (i.e. 2-4 TB each) that then go into the bank vault. Then empty the cloud storage and repeat the cycle. Cloud storage replaces your daily backups.
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