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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-12-26, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Backup or Mirror SSD to magnetic drive??

Any best practice advice on how to backup or mirror a new SSD to a traditional magnetic drive?
This is for cases where the SSD blows out and one stlil needs to boot an OS.
Or to make for a quick recovery following a replacement.

If a true mirror, would the performance of the SSD slow down due to the read/write speed differences?
Are we best to just keep a current, but semi-offline image?
What S/W (Acronis?) would you recommend to maintain some reasonable clone?

I just bought a new Intel Series 320 SSD 160 GB and will fresh load the WMC 7 that is becoming an appliance to replace all STB and cut the cord.
Adding a UPS as well, since the OTA signal is unlikely to go out during a local power fail.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-12-27, 01:37 AM
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I know you're on a Windows machine (being that you reference Acronis), but I have the identical SSD (Intel 160GB) in my iMac, and I've done all sorts of mirror, copies, restores, Time Machine, etc. to/from it, and it acts just like any other hard drive.

I'd suggest that it'd be similar on a Windows machine - whatever you'd do to backup your spinning HD, do the same with your SSD (by the way, the likelihood of a fatal crash of your SSD is far lower than your spinning platters drive).
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Backup just like a regular drive.

If you want to mirror then you really should get an identical drive.
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If it is the only drive, archive an image of system in an ideally configured state, and regularily backup data, or use network storage for data.

For an SSD/HDD system just image the SSD. The HDD you can mirror or backup.
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Mirroring will impact performance, especially to a magnetic drive. Scheduled or continuous backups are the way to go. I do automated daily backups but, if you stand to lose important work in progress, you may want to do continuous backups. I also make a separate, manual backup before running Windows update or installing any other major software updates.

The most popular software choices are Macrium Reflect Free, Easeus Todo Backup Free, Paragon Backup & Recovery Free and Acronis True Image Home. Easeus is basically a clone of Acronis so you might want to try that. Macrium Reflect works fine but has a less intuitive user interface. Acronis TI has become very buggy as features were added but the basic functions are still OK.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 2011-12-27, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. You have answerd my fear about mirror performance.
so backup is fine.
I know the SSD looks like a standard HD.
The magnetic will be in the system with an image and serve as a secondary boot device.
Remember, this HTPC is being tund into an appliance and must have solid reliability and performance for WAF after we cut the cord.

There will be a local storage drive for TV buffer and DVR Reordings as well as the WHS lan connection.

I have tons of small HD's for boot/OS.

Now I just need to figure out how to make SecondRun.TV create some channels to the Canadian TV Website video feeds that I don't get OTA, like HGTV, DIY, etc.
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