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Kudos0

Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

I installed a matching pair of Intel SSD's today and purchased Ghost 15 to maintain a realtime synch between the two drives.  I ran Copy My Hard Drive and it appears to have added a scheduled task that is growing the target drive rather than peridoically mirroring it from the source drive.  

Is there a way to turn on straight mirroring from sourse to taget drives?

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Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

I installed a matching pair of Intel SSD's today and purchased Ghost 15 to maintain a realtime synch between the two drives.  I ran Copy My Hard Drive and it appears to have added a scheduled task that is growing the target drive rather than peridoically mirroring it from the source drive.  

Is there a way to turn on straight mirroring from sourse to taget drives?

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled


stanlick wrote:

I installed a matching pair of Intel SSD's today and purchased Ghost 15 to maintain a realtime synch between the two drives.  I ran Copy My Hard Drive and it appears to have added a scheduled task that is growing the target drive rather than peridoically mirroring it from the source drive.  

Is there a way to turn on straight mirroring from sourse to taget drives?


Welcome,

What you are wanting to do is set up a  RAID 0 configuration. Ghost isn't designed to do that. If you have a newer motherboard it may be built in.

Sorry to be the bearer of sad news.

Dick Win 10x64 current current NSBU
Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

Wait a second.  Are you telling me the sequence of button clicks to "Copy My Drive" cannot be scripted and replayed on a schedule? Heck, I could do this by hand if I were to remember !  I had my primary drive crash a few months ago and I'm still feeling the shockwaves.  I purchased a pair of SSD's to ensure this never happens again.  While my mother board does support RAID, I prefer to use good old Ghost to track/sector duplicate one to the other daily.

Peace,

Scott

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

Hi scott,

why do you want to do that, by all means "Clone" a drive to keep in case of a major drive failure but in the meantime run scheduled backups of your computer onto an external drive.

My "cloned" drive has been sitting there for a couple of years and my primary drive is in constant use, re-imaging on a regular basis and hasn't failed yet.

If your primary drive does fail eventually use the latest backup files to update the "Clone".

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

Here is the reason why.  When my prinmary drive fails, I want to boot from the second SATA drive and be working immediately.  I DO NOT want to have to do a sequence of task that I don't remember and I DO NOT want to have to play the role of DR professional.  I simply want to have the two SSD's be identical at a single point each day.  All my "data" is in other places and the primary SSD changes only by way of minor tweeks (bookmarks, config changes, etc)  I'm an Android developer not a DR pro.  I bought the pair of SSD's so I could do what I do best and I purchased Ghost because I had used it in an earlier life to clone a drive.

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

One thing you may want to consider is the nature of SSDs. This may not apply to newer drives and / or yours in particular, but I've read that SSD's have a limited number of writes they can support before degrading. For general purpose use this isn't a big deal and the drives manage the write patterns to minimize re-writing the same sectors and the do periodic garbage collection to keep space free. However, if you're essentially suplicating the entire drive each day there will be no way for the drive to avoid constantly re-writing the same sectors and performance and useful life may degrade as a result. 

I'm writing this from memory so please somebody correct me if I'm wrong. 

All that said, the best tool I know of for highly reliable, scheduled, bootable drive clones is Casper (http://www.fssdev.com/). It's a totally different prospect to Ghost, which really focuses on multiple point-in-time image snapshots. Casper just dumps the entire drive on the schedule you set and might be more what you're looking for. Also, Casper copies only changed sectors so future clones are much faster than a base clone (although it's still nowhere near as fast as a Ghost incremental image). That should help to mitigate the re-write issue on your SSD.

All that said, if it were me I think I'd stick with Ghost in order to get multiple restore options from earlier dates in case the source of a problem pre-dates the most recent clone.

Hope this helps!

Best,

Philip

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

Ok your choice,

just to add that I have 2 docking stations connected with eSata connections, which really is an extension to the motherboard.

Although the Sata drives that I have floating around are internal drives they are external to the computer.

Simple matter then to drop them into the d/s and boot from them, in fact my "cloned" drive was produced using the d/s.

My data is also on one of the floating drives so my multi boot machine only backs up the 4 O/Ss and apps.

Deric

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

Thanks Phillip -- 

Casper is what I'm looking for.  I had used Ghost in the past and realy expected I could schedule a full drive clone.  Too bad.

Scott Stanlick

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

Scott,

I suggest creating images as well. Cloning gives you only one backup (unless you have multiple bakup drives). If your OS contains corrupted data or a not yet manifest virus then your backup is affected as well. An "old" image would be most useful.

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

I agree with Brian. Plus, when you have a second cloned drive, don't be so sure it will boot since it was in the machine with the original one. The drive letters will get mixed up and cause big problems.

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

Red, I agree with that concern in general, but somehow Casper actually addresses that. Before I moved to Ghost, I used Casper for a couple fo years to clone my boot drive from within Windows and the clone always booted. Caveat is that this was under XP.

Kudos0

Re: Copy My Hard Drive - scheduled

It must remove the mounted devices registry key or at least alter it so the cloned drive has the correct drive letter associated with the clones disk signature.

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