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I am setting up 2 80GB WD Raptor SATA drives in a RAID 0 configuration. I want to backup data regulary using a external Usb hardrive. Is this possible? if so what are some good backup programs that will allow me to do this? thanks
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by:Callandor
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Yes, this is possible.  You may want periodic full backups and incremental backups between.  Ghost and Acronis TrueImage are good for this, but if you just want individual files backed up, there are products for that, like Syncback http://www.snapfiles.com/get/SyncBack.html.
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If you are creating a single large partition (I do NOT recommend this) you can use any imaging utility to create an image of the partition at whatever interval you want.   A good imager is Boot-It NG, which you can set to create an image using the "Boot Now!" facility, and then schedule the Boot Now! command to run at whatever interval you want (once a day, once a week, etc.).

A better approach is to create two partitions:  a small system partition (20 - 25GB is plenty); and the rest of the space in a 2nd partition, where you keep My Documents and all of your other data.   You can then image the system partition whenever you want (since it won't change much once a month is probably plenty); and use an easier backup utility to do automatic backups of the 2nd partition (since it doesn't have the registry or other system files it can be easily copied).   An excellent backup program to accomplish this is SyncBack from http://www.2brightsparks.com/syncback/
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Ok now can this be done.... with Acronis, is it possible to clone a disk image to the external drive then restore it back onto the Raid Configuration if one of the drives were to fail?
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Yes, I have done this with a RAID-0 configuration.  It lets you create a bootable CD that runs the program.
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Acronis works fine with external drives (as does Boot-It NG).   Either will do what you want -- although as I noted above I'd suggest you split your array into two partitions for two reasons:  (1)  the system image will be smaller and both quicker to image and much quicker to restore; and (2)  restoring the system image will have NO effect on your data (since it will be in a different partition)
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thanks for the quick responses guys!
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