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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.

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AOMEI Backupper Pro (Cloning software)
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro:

1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them).
2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive while other apps are running.

If interested, be warned: AOMEI is $50 (USD) for 2 PCs and is paid to a 3rd party. AOMEI will email the key and a download link. If you lose the key or the link, then it's $50 for nada as there is no way to get the link without another purchase and if you lose the key, AOMEI doesn't file it.
It works with all versions of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

1. Mount the clones destination drive first.

AOMEI will not find the destination drive unless it was installed before launching AOMEI Backupper Pro.

2. Select Clone on AOMEI's main menu, and 'System Clone' on the sub menu

AOMEI will automatically select your system (boot) drive as source and will provide a menu of candidate target drives it finds. (Your target drive can exist on any port the BIOS recognizes and Windows can assign a drive letter to.)

3. Considering the target drive's size

The target drive size must be "adequately sized", that is larger than the total of all the boot drive's non-boot partitions (MBR or GUID) plus # of bytes used on the boot partition. (My boot-drive is C: 400GB but I only use about 60GB, and two 450MB GUID partitions that Windows 10 created. So I can clone to a 120 GB drive easily and successfully. When cloning to larger drives, it creates an extra MBR partition. Use AOMEI's Partition Assistant SE (free) if you want to join the partitions.
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Great video.  I actually just shared this video to someone I know who was trying to do this the other day!
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Thanks for sharing us this useful software. However, there are two aspects which the editor made a mistake:
1.      If you purchased the software but somehow lost the download link especially the key, you can surely get it back by email AOMEI customer support team (support@aomeitech.com) with your purchase ID, the email address you filled when place your order. See its purchase FAQ at http://www.backup-utility.com/purchase-faq.html
2.      This is about the third step of the video. Yes, you can clone to a smaller disk only if the destination disk is no small than the used space of your original disk; this is based-on intelligent sector clone mode. However, if you choose sector-by-sector mode, the destination disk must be no small than the capacity (not used space) of the original disk. Besides, when cloning to larger drives, you can edit partition size directly in AOMEI Backupper; there’s no need of using AOMEI Partition Assistant though it’s a professional and powerful partition management tool. See more details at http://www.backup-utility.com/features/partition-volume-clone.html
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Setting the Media and Overwrite Protection Levels in Backup Exec 2012
This tutorial will walk an individual through setting the global and backup job media overwrite and protection periods in Backup Exec 2012.

1. Log onto the Backup Exec Central Administration Server. Examine the services. If all or most of them are stopped, then more than likely there is a login or account authorization problem.

2. Click on the Backup Exec symbol in the upper left corner, select Configuration and Settings, then Backup Exec Settings

3. Depending on the environment, the global overwrite settings choices can vary. Unchecking the Prompt Before Overwriting Imported Media will prevent the jobs from stopping and prompting for permission to overwrite. Selecting None will allow the settings on the job to control the overwrite periods.

4. Depending on the number of USB drives, change the Disk Devices disconnection state to the desired number of days. Higher for a larger number of USB drives, and lower for a smaller number of drives.

5. Once the global settings have been configured, the job protection periods must be set. On the job properties page, select Edit for the backup.

6. Select Storage on the left side, on the right side select the desired period of protection under to the desired hours, days, weeks, or years. Ensure these settings exceed the time period until after the next backup.

7. From the storage drop down, ensure the desired storage location is selected to protect. In the event of multiple USB drives, this should be a storage pool.

8. Once all of the desired settings have been selected, click OK

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Windows Server 2012 – Installing Data Protection Manager 2010
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing of Data Protection Manager on a server running Windows Server 2012 R2, including the prerequisites.

1. Microsoft .Net 3.5 is required. To install this feature, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Features either from the home screen or click Manage and select the option.

2. Click Next, accepting all defaults until the Feature selection pane is displayed.

3. Select the Disks tab, then the Add option in the far right panel.

4. Place a check in the box next the .Net Framework 3.5 Features and click Next.

5. Notice there is an error at the top of the screen about specifying an additional source file. This is because the files to install this feature are not installed by default when the operating system is installed. The files should be located on the operating system installation media under “\sources\sxs”. Locate this path, then click Specify an alternate source path at the bottom of the screen and place the path in the provided box. Then, click Install.

6. Next, ensure the installation DVD is in the drive and either allow auto start to run, or select setup.exe from the provided message

7. On the main screen, select Install Data Protection Manager (alternatively, you could select Review System Requirements to check your system)

8. Accept the license agreement and click OK

9. Microsoft Visual VC++2008 Redistributable will install (see note at bottom if you would like to preinstall it)

10. Select Next on the setup wizard screen

11. The installer performs a prerequisite check to determine if all necessary applications have been installed. The most likely needed software not installed here is the SIS (Single Instance Store), you can select to have it installed during the installation process. However, this has a history of failing, so see the note below about installing it manually.

12. Enter a username and company name. Click Next.

13. Create a password for the SQL service that runs. Ensure this meets complex, secure password requirements. Click Next.

14. Select whether or not to allow automatic Microsoft updates. Click Next.

15. Select whether or not to send anonymous information to Microsoft for product improvements. Click Next.

16. Review the summary page. If all of the information is correct, click Install.

17. Verify that the installation completed successfully. Review the install report if desired.

18. NOTE: To install the Visual C++2008 Redistributable, run the executable located on the installation media: <Root Drive>\redist\vcredist\vcredist_x64.exe To install the Single Instance Store (SIS), launch PowerShell To install the Visual C++2008 Redistributable, run the executable located on the installation media: <Root Drive>\redist\vcredist\vcredist_x64.exe To install the Single Instance Store (SIS), launch PowerShellTo install the Visual C++2008 Redistributable, run the executable located on the installation media: <Root Drive>\redist\vcredist\vcredist_x64.exe To install the Single Instance Store (SIS), launch PowerShell and change the path to:<Root Drive>\DPM2010\Setup\redist (I have seen this path state 2010 even on DPM 2012 installation media). and change the path to:<Root Drive>\DPM2010\Setup\redist (I have seen this path state 2010 even on DPM 2012 installation media). Once here, type the following command: Once here, type the following command: dism /online /enable-feature:SIS-Limited (requires a reboot).

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Windows Server 2012 – Configuring as an iSCSI Target
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of installing the necessary services and then configuring a Windows Server 2012 system as an iSCSI target.

1. To install the necessary roles, go to Server Manager, and select Add Roles and Features either from the home screen or click Manage and select the option

2. Click Next, accepting all defaults until the Server Roles selection pane is displayed. Expand File and Storage Service, then File and iSCSI Services. Place a check in the box by iSCSI Target Server. Click Next.

3. Click Next through the Features screen and review the summary report. Then click Install.

4. Once installed, launch Server Manager. From the dashboard, select File and Storage on the left panel.

5. Click on iSCSI, and select To Create an iSCSI virtual disk, start the New iSCSI Virtual Disk Wizard in the middle of the screen

6. Select the desired volume then, click Next

7. Provide a name for the disk and a description if desired, click Next

8. Select a size for the disk, then decide whether it will be either a fixed size or dynamically adjusting, click Next

9. Select the option to create a new target, click Next

10. Provide a name for the target and a description if desired, click Next

11. Select Add to add those servers with access rights to this target. You can either select from existing initiators or browse to locate and query any new ones. Click OK, click Next.

12. If authentication is desired, enter the CHAP information, otherwise click Next

13. Review the summary screen. If all of the information is correct, then click Create

14. Once created, the disk should begin initializing. This should be visible on the iSCSI Virtual Disk screen

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Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 – Basic Configuration
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of configuring basic necessities in order to use the 2010 version of Data Protection Manager. These include storage, agents, and protection jobs.

1. Launch Data Protection Manager from the desktop icon

2. Select the Management tab at the top

3. Select the Disks tab, then the Add option in the far right panel

4. Select from the available disks. These must be empty, raw volumes that contain no partitions. Once selected, click on the Add radio button the OK. Answer Yes to convert the drive to a dynamic disk.

5. To install agents onto the systems to be protected, select the Agents tab along the top menu. Then select Install from the options in the far right panel.

6. There are two options. One is in the event the agents are preinstalled; the other is an option to Install Agents. This option will “push” the agents to the desired computers.

7. If Install Agents is selected, you are presented with a server list. Select the desired severs and then click the Add radio button. Once the servers have been added, click Next.

8. Enter the credentials of an account with authorization on the remote system. It is highly recommended to use a dedicated service account for this authentication. Once entered, click Next.

9. Select whether or not the server should automatically reboot in necessary

10. Review the server list to be installed, then click Install. The installation will then begin.

11. To add a server where the agent has already been installed, select the Agents tab on the top menu, the Add in the right panel. From the options, select Attach Agents. Then click Next.

12. Select the servers where the agent has been installed, the click the Add radio button. Click Next.

13. Enter the credentials (should be a service account) with authorization to add and configure the remote server. Then click Next.

14. Review the summary page, then click Attach. The system is then added.

15. Next, select the Protection tab from the top menu, then click Next

16. Depending on the desired type of backup, select either Desktop or Server, then click Next

17. Click the “+” next to the desired server, then select from the options you would like to back up. Once all of the selections have been made, click Next.

18. Provide a name for the protection group. Also, you can either leave the default of disk storage, or if there is an attached tape drive, select “long-term” protection. Then click Next.

19. Select a retention period and either accept the default time the system performs a full backup, or click the Modify radio button to make adjustments. Once the settings have been made, click Next.

20. Review the disk storage options, ensuring there is enough space. Note: If you get a space message error, ensure that you did not create a partition on the drive. If so, delete it.

21. If you have a replication partner, the configure replication. If not, then select Manually

22. If you have a replica server, you can chose to perform consistency check on it, if not, then unselect and click Next

23. Review the summary page and then click the Create Group radio button

24. The systems are now being protected

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Installing and Configuring Windows Server Backup Utility
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to install and configure the Windows Server Backup Utility.

1. Directly connect an external storage device such as a USB drive, or CD\DVD burner

2. If the device is a USB drive, ensure it is formatted as NTFS

3. From the Server Manager Management Console, select Features, then select Add Features on the right side

4. On the Select Features Screen, scroll down to the bottom and select Windows Server Backup Features, then click Next

5. Click on the Install radio button. The installation can take between five and ten minutes depending on the system. Once completed, there will be a message that the Installation Succeeded, then click Close. The system is now ready to configure backup jobs.

6. Click Start and select Administrative Tool. From the application list, select Windows Server Backup.

7. Select Action, then Backup Schedule in the Windows Server Backup administrative console

8. On the welcome page click Next

9. From the drop down menu, select the time of day for the backup to run. If multiple times of the day is desired, then select the lower option and the necessary times. Once this has been selected, click Next.

10. Select the destination device for the backup job, view the warning, and then click Yes and Next

11. Review the label of the backup destination and click Next

12. Review the backup configuration and destination. If changes are needed, select Previous, otherwise select Finish. Windows Backup Server is now configured.

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Configuring Storage Pools in Backup Exec 2012
To efficiently enable the rotation of USB drives for backups, storage pools need to be created. This way no matter which USB drive is installed, the backups will successfully write without any administrative intervention.

1. Multiple USB devices need to be connected to the server, assigned individual drive letters, named, and formatted (although BE will format the device if it is not already done)

2. In the home screen, select configure storage

3. Select Next, choose Disk-based storage and click Next

4. Choose Disk Storage, then click Next. Provide a name for the USB drive. The description is optional.

5. From the local disk drop down, select one of the configured USB drives and click Next

6. Review the configuration and if everything is correct, click Finish

7. Repeat steps 2-6 for each additional USB drive connected to the system

8. Once all USB devices have been configured, select Storage from the options at the top of the main screen. Then select Configure Storage and click Next

9. Select Storage Pools and click Next

10. Select Storage Device Pool and click Next

11. Provide a name for the storage pool, a description if desired, and click Next

12. Ensure Disk Storage is selected as the type of storage pool that is being created and click Next

13. In the storage device selection screen, place a check in the box for each of the USB attached drives and click Next

14. Verify that the pool is configured as desired and click Finish

15. The pool is now ready to be assigned to any backup job

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Configuring Backup Exec 2012 for VMware Image Level Backups
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to enable the VMware\Hyper-V licensed feature of Backup Exec 2012. In addition, how to add a VMware server and configure a backup job.

1. The first step is to acquire the necessary license to enable this feature

2. Click the Backup Exec symbol in the upper left corner of the screen to launch the settings window. Then go to Installations and Licensing, and Install Options and Licenses on this Backup Exec Server.

3. On the licenses page, enter the purchased serial number and click Add (warning, not adding a serial number will enable a trial for 60 days), and click Next

4. On the options screen, locate and check the box for Agent for VMware and Hyper-V, and click Next

5. Select any additional languages other than English if desired, and select Next

6. Review the installation summary and look for any errors that will prevent the installation of the product. If everything is correct, click Install. The installation takes approximately 10 minutes.

7. Once the installation is completed, select Backup and Restore at the top of the home page and select Add VMware Server

8. Enter the name or IP address of the ESXi server and provide an optional description if desires, then select Next

9. On the system logon account, select either the root name or service account for the ESXi server. If you do not see it, then select Add/Edit and add the account. Then select Finish.

10. Double-click on the new server, and then click Test\Edit Credentials in the tool bar to verify the account can properly access the server

11. To add the first backup job, select Backup from the menu bar. The Backup to Disk (or to the other destination of choice).

12. Enter the desired name for the backup job. Click Edit under the job properties and remove the incremental backup. VMware image backups should only be full backup jobs.

13. If the selection of certain virtual machines is desires, then click Edit on server side of the backup job and uncheck any unneeded machines. Once the job has been configured as desired, click OK

14. Perform an initial test backup by selecting the newly created job and then choosing Run Next Backup Job Now from the tool bar

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Changing the Backup Exec Service Account and Password
This tutorial will walk an individual through locating and launching the BEUtility application to properly change the service account username and\or password in situation where it may be necessary or where the password has been inadvertently changed.

1. Log onto the Backup Exec Central Administration Server. Examine the services. If all or most of them are stopped, then more than likely there is a login or account authorization problem.

2. Locate the BEUtility.exe application. This should be located in the installation path, which is generally in the <Drive Letter>:\Program Files\Symantec\Backup Exec folder. The quickest way to locate it in the folder is to type “BEU” in the quick search bar.

3. Once the BEUtility.exe file has been located, double-click it to launch the application

4. Read the warning message about utilizing this utility with technical support. If you still desire to proceed, click Yes.

5. Select All Backup Exec Servers in the middle of the screen, and then select the server where the database is located. The question mark indicates the services are down

6. Right click the selected server and select Change Service Account from the list of options (generally the third option down from the top)

7. Enter the name of the user or system account and the password twice. Then click OK and then Close.

8. Right-click on the server and select Start Services

9. Once all of the services have successfully started, launch Backup Exec and ensure that the application launches successfully

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Backup Exec 2012 - Basic Overview
This tutorial will give a short introduction and overview of Backup Exec 2012 and how to navigate and perform basic functions.

1. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as connecting to a remote Backup Exec server, Installation and Licensing, Configuration and Settings, Symantec Online, Technical Support, and Documentation.

2. The Home icon along the top of the screen presents you with a general overview of the health of the environment from the job statuses to consumed storage space

3. The Backup and Storage icon shows the jobs and servers that are currently configured. This is also where you can configure additional jobs, one-time jobs, manually running a job, or other features and backup types such as backing up virtual servers

4. Double-clicking a server will show all of the jobs for that server. You can go deeper into the server job by selecting and clicking on a job. This will allow you to see and edit the properties of an individual job.

5. The Storage icon is the location where you can configure destination storage for the backups. Along the top menu bar, by selecting Configure Storage, options are presented to add and configure additional storage for the backups jobs. This is also the location where you can catalog and inventory backup jobs if necessary. This is often needed when importing jobs from other media or servers for restoration.

6. The Reports icon presents the user with the ability to run a variety of reports. There are many pre-canned report options that are useful. These are found under the Jobs tab in the left column. You just select a report, select the servers you would like to include in the report, and click OK. The report is generated and displayed. From the report, you can select to either print the report or save it. There is also the ability to schedule and create custom reports. This may take some research or trial and error to see if the type of information you are looking for can be displayed in a report.

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Backup Exec 2012 - Configuring B2D Folders
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to configure their installation of BackupExec 2012 to use network shared disk space.

1. Verify that the path to the shared storage is valid and that data can be written to that location

2. In the home screen, select Storage in the upper center of the screen

3. Select the server where the storage will be configured and click Next

4. On the type of storage screen, select Disk-Based Storage, not Network Storage and click Next

5. Select Disk Storage as the type of storage, unless the system has been upgraded and there are legacy folder versions to import and select Next

6. Give the disk storage a name. The description is optional.

7. Select the network share and either type or paste the path in the field and select Next

8. BackupExec will validate the path, then click Finish

9. The folder is created and now ready to be configured for backup jobs

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Backup Exec 2012 – Deploying Remote Agents to Servers
This tutorial will give a an overview on how to deploy remote agents in Backup Exec 2012 to new servers.

1. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as connecting to a remote Backup Exec server, Installation and Licensing, and select Install Agents and Backup Exec Servers on Other Servers

2. Along the top menu, select Add and choose between Add a Single Computer or Add Multiple Computers with the Same Settings

3. Select Agent for Windows, then click Next

4. Add the remote computer names either by typing them in, or you can select the Browse radio button and search for the servers to add

5. Enter the credentials (preferably a service account) that has the proper authorization on the remote server, then click Next

6. Review the installation path. If a different path is desired make the changes here, otherwise click Next.

7. Decide whether or not you would allow the agent to publish the IP address and name of the server in the server list of Backup Exec (recommend that you leave this checked). Also, if there is more than one media server in the environment, select the preferred server for performing this backup, then click Next

8. Backup Exec 2012 will then verify that it can contact the system and that the credentials have the proper authorization to perform the action. Once validated, click Next

9. Review the selected options on the confirmation screen. If there are no changes to be made, click Install.

10. Once complete, the results will be displayed. Address any issues if necessary.

11. The servers can now be added to the desired backup jobs

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Can you install agent on Linux from the server?
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Unfortunately not. However, the files are included in the downloaded ISO. Below are the instructions for Linux.

http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=tech46461
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Adding Additional Backup Servers to an Existing Backup Exec 2012- 2014 Environment
This tutorial will show how to push an installation of Backup Exec to an additional server in both 2012 and 2014 versions of the software.

1. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, select Installation and Licensing, then Install Agents and Backup Exec Servers on Other Servers.

2. From the tabs at the top, select Add, then Add a Single Computer

3. On the Products screen, select Symantec Backup Exec and click Next

4. Either browse to the desired computer, or enter the name of the server. Also, enter the credentials of the an administrative account (must have sufficient rights on the remote server).

5. Enter the additional serial or license number for the additional server. Click Next.

6. Select the various options to install on the remote server. Click Next.

7. Enter the service account with administrative privileges for the Backup Exec services

8. Verify the location of the SQL database. Click Next.

9. If prompted for device drivers, ensure you select the Symantec device drivers. Click Next.

10. Once the installation has been validated, click Next, and then Install

11. Once completed, it is recommended to reboot the remote server even if not prompted to do so

12. To connect to the new server, click on the Backup Exec button, then select Connect to Backup Exec Server if it does not appear in the list of recently connected servers

13. Enter the correct credentials for access. This must be done each time.

14. Jobs can then be configured to use this server and its attached storage

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Windows Server Backup Image Recovery
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to restore their server from Bare Metal Backup image created with Windows Server Backup feature. As an example Windows 2012R2 is used.
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Glad to hear you found it helpful!
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How to copy out quickly files from the system which won't boot anymore using Paragon Rescue Kit 14 F
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how they can get their files copied out from their unbootable system without need to use recovery services. As an example non-bootable Windows 2012R2 installation is used which has boot problems.
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Bare Metal Backup with Windows Server Backup
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Windows Server Backup to create full image of their system. Tutorial shows how to install Windows Server Backup Feature on Windows 2012R2 and how to configure scheduled Bare Metal Recovery backup. As an example manual start of scheduled task is shown.
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Nicely done - useful, concise information.
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Thank you!
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Cloning a Hard Drive with Casper
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another drive, thereby providing an excellent backup function, as well as the ability to upgrade drives, such as going to a higher capacity drive and/or from an HDD to a solid state drive (SSD) or solid state hybrid drive (SSHD).

1. Download the Trial Edition


Visit the Casper website at:

https://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/trial/

Click one of the download links:

download links

2. Install casper_se_trial_setup.exe

After downloading, run the installer. FSS offers a free 30-day trial, but keep in mind that the trial edition does not have the volume resizing feature. The licensed product does have it, meaning Casper can clone to the same size drive or to a larger one or even to a smaller one, as long as there is enough space on the smaller one to house the used (non-free) space from the larger one. The licensed product is not free, but is reasonably priced, in my opinion:

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3. Run Casper and click on the Copy Drive icon

This performs the cloning operation.
copy drive

4. Select the drive you want to copy

Casper will display a list of all drives on the system:
source drivesSelect the source drive, that is, the one you want to clone, and click the Next button.

5. Select the destination drive

Casper will display a list of the drives on the system that are capable of housing the clone:
destination driveSelect the destination drive, that is, the one you want to receive the clone, and click the Next button.

6. Confirm the overwrite warning

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Its the standard (non-server) edition
When a restore is need I would like to get back the entire computer, even if for performance purposes I would split the OS (SSD) and files on two disks but for backup, I would expect that one disk (SATA) should be enough. especially when recommended to have to copy's of each backup. Just my opinion.
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Hi Abraham,
If I'm understanding it right, you want to backup two separate disks (one with the OS, one with data) onto a single backup disk that can house multiple backups (you said, "to copy's of each backup", by which I assume you meant "two copies of each backup"). You can't do that with cloning, which, by its very nature, makes an exact copy of one disk (all partitions/volumes) onto another disk. For your requirement, I recommend imaging, not cloning. Run a job that makes an image for the OS disk and run another job that makes an image for the data disk. Store all of the images on your single backup disk, which, as you said, should be large enough to house multiple images. I have a client who does this on an 8TB NAS (4TB available — it is mirrored). Works very well! Regards, Joe
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The term "Backup" means the methods and processes involved to copy computer data (system data as well as application data) to media other than the ones where the data originally live (disk, tape, optical, cloud). "Restore" in turn means the methods and processes involved in data recovery, i. e., bringing back copied computer data to their original location. Backup/Restore primarily serves as a means of protection against data loss, be it due to disaster, corruption or sabotage. It can also be used for recovering data from an earlier point in time and even for cloning machines or applications. There is a wide variety of backup/restore software available, from expensive commercial products to free or open source tools.