Almost a month ago
, I had some disk failures. The 96% full 2TB N:\ drive lost its partition table rendering the files inaccessible. Windows wanted to format it and Disk Management saw it as raw.
Prior to the failures, my data was stored on the 2TB N:\ drive (1843GB). To prevent data loss in the event that the disk suffered a physical failure, I wanted to use another disk to 'back up' to (not really a backup solution as both disks are in the same physical location - one meteor strike and both would be lost). I found 3TB Seagate expansion drives for the same cost as a replacement 2GB drive. Though this not a true mirror, RAID 1, I partitioned it as if it were (you cant make RAID sets using external drives). I made the O:\ drive the same size as the 1845GB N:\ drive. I made the R:\ partition for the remaining 940GB. Since it is not protected, I use it to store "replaceable" files the loss of which would not be the end of the world. I use Free File Sync
to copy data from N:\ to O:\. It is open source and its capabilities are impressive. You can make batch files for various backup jobs and I think it can even be scheduled which I havent gotten to yet, so I synch the drives manually. It had been sometime since I last synced. Once the N:\ drive failed, I couldnt compare the two to see how up to date the O:\ drive was since the files were unreadable.
Blah blah blah. So the recovery steps and the new scheme I plan to use are illustrated in the diagram.
1. Using GetDataBack, I have started copying the N drive's files to the new Seagate 3TB expansion drive.
2. Because of the way N:\ failed, I suspect that there is nothing physically wrong with it. I plan to reformat it and then test the shirt out of it.
3. If I am satisfied it's integrity is good, I will copy the files from R:\ to it.
4. Delete the R:\ partition
5. Expand O:\ to the full 3TB.
5. Set up FFS to mirror P:\ to O:\
6. Save all future data to P:\
7. Copy data from various thumb, flash, stick and pickle drives used to store new data (subsequent to failure) until I had a solution to this debacle with what I had to work with, to P:\.
Harebrained or decent solution?