How do I backup all my hard drives to one hard drive?

Kyle Santos
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I have a PC at home with Windows 10 Home.  I have the primary OS hard drive; I only put OS related things on this primary drive.  I also have 3 other hard drives of varying sizes/brands; they are large sizes too that hold my Steam games, movies, TV shows, music, photos, etc.

How do I backup all my hard drives to one hard drive?  Does Windows 10 home have this already?  I believe I would need to get some 2-5TB hard drive to hold all the collective data from each hard drive, but what software should I use to accomplish this?  Will this software do regular backups?  I'm open to free and paid software recommendations.
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Windows 10 comes with robocopy    (robocopy /? to get options). Use that to copy top level folders to the target drive.
RobertSystem Admin
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The following article includes instructions on how to use the built in backup solution.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17143/windows-10-back-up-your-files
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Windows own backup can do it, but does not know compression.
If you want to save a buck, maybe it's better to invest into an imaging software that does know compression, like drive snapshot, which is fairly priced and can be automated to do whatever you like. Its compression varies (of course compressed files like MP3 will not be compressable that much again) between 50 and 100%.
http://www.drivesnapshot.de/en/ 39€.
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Jason JohanknechtIT Manager
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Norton Security Premium will do backups of data for you.
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I forgot to emphasize why you'd maybe save a buck by buying a software that knows compression: because then you might be able to be ok with 3 TB as backup drive instead of 5 or 6 TBs :-)
you can do it with builtin backup in windows 10 or get some free solution for personal use like uranium backup, that supports compression, and does not cost anything for personal use
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes

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Thank you for the responses.  I'll check them out and get back to you soon.
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Thanks.  Please let us know.
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you can us the free Syncback soft : https://www.2brightsparks.com/freeware/freeware-hub.html

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