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I have 3 computers networked through a router. Can I backup all 3 to a common, very large,ext. HD? If so, would I have to first partition said drive or how would I segregate the contents of each computer? TIA. cwilmot01
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Are you looking to do a file backup from each machine, or do you want to image them in case of a HDD failure or OS corruption?

There are some paid and free programs that I really like for backups and images. My favorite is Genie Soft Backup Manager. It makes things nice, easy and automatic. I have two jobs that I run, one for my Image that runs every couple months and another that takes care of my daily backup. That way if I have a HDD failure, I just load the image from the secondary drive and restore my data that changes on a daily basis. You can be back up and running in no time at all.

They also have a new program called Genie TimeLine, but I haven't used it yet, nor have I gotten a chance to read their documentation.

There is another program that seems pretty popular for images, called DriveImage XML.

A couple things to note about images. Before creating one, be sure that your PC is functioning properly, clear all temp files and run a scan with your anti-virus program to ensure you are imaging a clean PC.

As for backup storage, you might want to look into picking up a NAS. That will make your life much easier. You'll be able to back each PC up to the NAS device, which sits on your network. It's basically a big networked HDD. There is no need to partition the drive, you can just dump each image / backup set into a different folder corresponding to the 3 different PC's.

Edited by Spyderturbo007, 17 February 2010 - 02:58 PM.

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Many people out there use Windows Home Server for backups. It can help with backing up all your machines if you build it with enough hard drive space.
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