Best way to backup in my situation

Backup question: I have a Dell 5810 Workstation:
Drive C:  Toshiba SSD 1 TB
Drive D: Samsung SSD 1 TB
Drive R: Raided 1 4 TB brand new Western Digital Black drives

I am sure that my Drive C: is failing. I have only ever backed up my data in a folder by folder method. I have current backups utilizing this method. However I wish to backup the entire C: drive just in case. Since I have 4TB free in the raid configuration is my best option to simply use Windows 10's backup software to copy everything on c: to the 4TB raid? When I replace this computer I "probably" have everything I need on drives external to the computer, but things can be forgotten and Ii want to have the best backup while the C: drive is still readable and writable. The new computer I choose will have the ability to install the two raided drives to retrieve files I might have forgotten about. So, is backup a reasonable choice? Note: I do not wish to troubleshoot this computer any further. I have had TWO motherboards replaced in the last week and am unwilling to go any further to diagnose it. I only want to oreserve my data and then never turn it on again.
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PerarduaadastraCommented:
First, run some diagnostics on the drive to confirm that it really is failing. If it is then from what you say you already have everything important, so you'd just be looking retrieve easily forgotten things such as browser bookmarks and any stuff you'd saved onto the desktop. What else do you think needs saving that requires the entire drive to be backed up?
Need -a- ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
Hello Perarduaadastra:

I like to go overboard when it comes to safety on backup. I have the spare disk space going to waste, so I might as well utilize it in case the unforeseen happens such as bad thumbdrive or similar. Just an extra precaution. In the meantime, I tried win10 backup to my raid1 drive pair. It failed giving me no reason after about an hour of backing up.
PerarduaadastraCommented:
I understand your zeal for protecting your data but from what you've said, this approach will result in a lot of unusable data such as Windows system files and folders being saved along with the data you want to back up. This seems to be wasting your available disk space in a different way; instead of not using the space at all you're filling it with useless files and folders as well as the stuff you want to keep.

I'd suggest a different approach. Instead of using the native Windows backup utility, why not purchase a reputable third-party image backup utility (there are many) or if the budget won't stand it there is always CloneZilla, which is free. You can then use your spare disk space as a destination for the backup files generated by whatever tool you choose to use. The advantage of using image backups is that if a disk goes belly up you simply restore the most recent image to a new disk and voilà! You have your computer back up and running again. Most paid-for image back utilities will allow you to mount an image as a drive so that you can recover individual files and folders rather than forcing you to do a complete restore for the sake of a single file or folder. Unfortunately CloneZilla doesn't offer this feature, but it is free!

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Sebastian TalmonSystem Engineer Datacenter SolutionsCommented:
I would also recommend a thirdparty solution.

There are free products that allow image-based backups so you are able to restore the whole disk as well as individual files.

For example Veeam Endpoint Backup Free: https://www.veeam.com/windows-endpoint-server-backup-free.html
efrimpolCommented:
concur with sebastian. even acronis image backup fits the bill.
Need -a- ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
Experts - First of all let me apologize for my delay in responding. Medical issues.  I will leave it at that and ask for your understanding.

Perarduaadastra ---You make a very good point and I think I will wean myself off of going overboard on backing up items that are of no use to me. I must choose a good backup program that is easy to configure and implement. I don't mind paying for software if it is worth the investment.

Sebastian Talmon -- Thanks for your assistance. Experts, assuming all  of the mentioned backup programs cost the same, even the free ones, which one would each of you choose?

efrimpol - I have heard of it but do not know what it is.  I will  investigate your suggestion.

My MOST important requirement is ease of use. I just would hope to configure the software to backup everything in certain folders and verify that the backup is 100% verified.

Thanks Experts!!
Need -a- ClueRESEARCHERAuthor Commented:
Thanks all for sharing your expertise!!!
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