Best Backup Process, Hardware and Software

Started Jun 16, 2014 | Discussions thread
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photosteve212 Junior Member • Posts: 38
Best Backup Process, Hardware and Software


I'm looking to create a backup system, including hardware and software, for the Dell T1700 that I'm looking to buy.

I plan on having:

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One SSD 240gig drive, with operating system and Photoshop

--Two 2terabye drives for storage.

--I'm not sure if I will have a RAID 0 configuration, or Windows 7 or 8.1.

The most important files are the thousands of RAW files and the final .TIFFs of about 1 or 2 gigs.

I am a fine art photographer and will be working on color correcting images perhaps monthly--not a massive output, but could be adding 36mg RAW files daily--but not hundreds, a minimal amount.

The questions include:

Should I use an external drive only for backups?

I need two 2 terabyte external drives for backups (at least), is that correct?

If using external drives, and configure auto backup, will that slow the system down as I move copy files from the SSD when I finish editing and drag them to the SATA drives?

What are good backup software systems?

If RAID 0 is configured, how does that impact my backup system?

Can I mirror the SSD drive, and how?

To save money, I was thinking of buying internal drives and putting them in cases. Is this a problem or recommended?

Any thoughts would be appreciated!  The other recommendations for processors and hard drives where very helpful on other threads.


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