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I have a new hard drive I'm thinking of installing for a client as a 2nd drive so she can quickly/easily back up her data.  I will have to install the 2nd drive as a slave, and I'm worried about drive failure.  If they're both on the same cable and one drive fails, is there a possibility that the failing drive can damage the other drive?
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Not likely
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If the first disk fails it doesn't do anything to the ther disk unless the system is hit with a power surge but second disk getting damage has nothing to do with the first one failing
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I would suggest an external USB or FireWire disk in stead or a hot swappable drive that can be removed at any time. You really don't want to keep the backup medium on the the computer. It should be removed because if something catastrophic happens the computer that backups could be lost also which negates the purpose of backups. I don't keep my backup disk on the machine.
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I do periodic backups to a DVD drive and swap the DVD disks every few days or so.

I use a hard disk to clone the main hard disk about every 10 days and then remove that disk and put it in my car or safe deposit box. This if something happens to the main disk I can plug the clone disk in and I am up and running in no time. People need to take backing up very seriously and find the time no matter what make it part of their daily routine regardless of anything else.
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As I said before Acronis True Image, Ghost, Drive Image are better backup programs than Casper. I have Casper so I know of what I say.
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'As I said before Acronis True Image, Ghost, Drive Image are better backup programs than Casper. I have Casper so I know of what I say'

No, I don't agree, I have tried all these programs and FOLLOWED their instructions and the only one that worked in my case was the casper, but we are ALL aloud our favourites - well, usually?

If you come on experts exchange it seems you are forced to accept other peoples favourite programs by having them rammed down your throat! e.g. ghost, ghost, ghost, ghost, ghost, ghost, ghost etc etc...........................................  

Surely it its up to people who read this stuff to make up their own minds which solutions to try out. If you continue to 'rubbish' [bad mouth] my suggestions then I WILL do the same back to you. If someone wants to try ghost or casper, then it should be up to them? You say try ghost, I say try casper! Surely I have as much right to be heard as anyone else?
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I didn't say try Ghost over Caspedr. What I said was I have Ghost, Acronis, and Casper and Casper in my opinion and experience is sub-par overall to these two other programs. I have been there and done that and I would only use Casper in a situation that nothing else worked or is available. Casper is too darn slow in comparison in fact it is very slow in comparison. I am sorry if you took offense to what I said but I tested these programes and Acronis tops this list and Capser sits at the bottom. I take using these programa very, very seriously and I know for a fact except in very RARE casees these other programas out shine Caxper.
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