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Old 08-22-2016, 09:27 AM
 
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I'm thinking, as recommended, to use my (currently only) external HDD (500GB) for main storage, and buy another external HDD for backup use. The positive is I can connect the external one to either the laptop or the desktop (new PC) and update files on either in time. So now I wonder: what's the best/easiest way to transfer files between 2 external HDDs (main storage <---> backup)?

Always appreciate your input!

(the drive duplication seems too complicated for me for now with 17 steps)
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:46 AM
 
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don't forget cloud storage if you don't want to lug a drive around.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:49 PM
 
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I'm thinking, as recommended, to use my (currently only) external HDD (500GB) for main storage, and buy another external HDD for backup use. The positive is I can connect the external one to either the laptop or the desktop (new PC) and update files on either in time. So now I wonder: what's the best/easiest way to transfer files between 2 external HDDs (main storage <---> backup)?

Always appreciate your input!

(the drive duplication seems too complicated for me for now with 17 steps)
Your existing external 500GB drive is used as normal.
For backup for a novice, I'd just recommend an external HDD and backup software.
Some drives (Seagate, for example) comes with basic backup software so simply set up a schedule to back up all your files.
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:54 PM
 
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A gigabyte is a gigabyte, no matter what the medium. SSDs may be more reliable, but they don't magically create storage space. You only have 128GB, and some of it is used by the OS and not available for file storage.
I am open to new evidence, but my understanding is that HDDs are more reliable and SSDs are significantly faster. This is a really hard one to prove one way or the other though, because quality SSDs and HDDs both last a long time making any realistic testing a pain.

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I'm thinking, as recommended, to use my (currently only) external HDD (500GB) for main storage, and buy another external HDD for backup use. The positive is I can connect the external one to either the laptop or the desktop (new PC) and update files on either in time. So now I wonder: what's the best/easiest way to transfer files between 2 external HDDs (main storage <---> backup)?

Always appreciate your input!

(the drive duplication seems too complicated for me for now with 17 steps)
If both of your systems (laptop and desktop) have USB 3.0 ports and the external HDDs support USB 3.0, then you can see pretty good speeds for transferring files even between multiple external devices. I do this every week and tend to get 90MB/s transfer speeds.

What this means is that you'd be able to backup all 100GB of your files to your external drive in about 20 minutes (give or take, depending on number of files.)


You can tell if you have USB 3.0 ports by looking for blue USB slots on your systems.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:41 PM
 
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If both of your systems (laptop and desktop) have USB 3.0 ports and the external HDDs support USB 3.0, then you can see pretty good speeds for transferring files even between multiple external devices. I do this every week and tend to get 90MB/s transfer speeds.

What this means is that you'd be able to backup all 100GB of your files to your external drive in about 20 minutes (give or take, depending on number of files.)


You can tell if you have USB 3.0 ports by looking for blue USB slots on your systems.
Thanks, I didn't know blue USB ports mean they are 3.0! The new desktop has all blue, but the old laptop has all 2.0.
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