I've had a lot of issues recently with HDDs so I'm about to make huge backups of everything, but I need some suggestions. First, here is my current setup:
- SSD1: 128 GB with debian + my debian "home directory", I use it as a portable o.s. so I didn't create 2 partitions for it, o.s. and home directory are on the same partition, a 120GB partition with a 5GB swap partition
- SSD2: 80 GB (2 x 37.27 GB RAID0) it's a RevoDrive which contains my Windows 7 o.s. (the raid is internally built to improve performance)
- HDD1: 2 TB which contains all my Windows 7 Data (Users folder, Programs folder and similar)
- HDD2: 3 TB which will be used for backups only: 2 TB for HDD1, 128 GB for SSD1, 80 GB for SSD2, ~600 GB free
So, because this is not a "hdd cloning" but backups with syncing (I would like to keep them up-to-date without re-copying the entire hdd, which will take a lot of time), and because I usually work on linux and not on Windows, I was thinking about using
What are my options to backup windows o.s., do I require to clone the hdd or can I just copy files from one hard disk to another and next time I reinstall windows I can just copy everything over it and it will work, or is the HDD cloning required?
What about linux, is ok to just copy the entire o.s. (files, no hdd cloning)?
Last but not least, what issues can I have if windows is actually on a RAID 0 drive and (probably) my next drive will be a single one (128 GB, still bigger than the currently used 80 GB) and what options do I have to mount the revodrive on linux?