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    Will backing up of data require as much as storage?

    I am planning to backup my files in my harddrive before formatting.
    Its a 360 GB hard disk.
    So will i need another 360 gb to back it up?
    Is there any other alternatives?

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    You can compress the files, as a zip file for example, to save some space. If you do not use any kind of compression, you would need 360GB.

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    Is the 360gb disk full?

    If the intended backup files do not = 360gb then you don't need a 360gb disk. You just need as much space as the files use.

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    360gb hdd doesnt mean that you have 360gb data. So first check your data size (if its in different folders, then make a folder on the root of your drive and cut /paste your desired data folders from various locations. After pasting all folders check the property of newly made folder for its size.)

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    As others have said, if you're just doing one backup you need the amount of data you have. So if your 360GB drive has 100GB of data taken up you need at least 100GB somewhere. If you compress this will be lower.

    I'd get a lot more storage anyway since 1TB drives are under $100 now and you'll probably want more than one backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia View Post
    I'd get a lot more storage anyway since 1TB drives are under $100 now and you'll probably want more than one backup.
    Keeping at least three backup copies on separate media and rotating them (including keeping one of the copies offsite) is normally considered to be the minimum required to ensure that the data will be recoverable regardless of what happens.

    If you are just keeping backup copies to allow you to revert back to prior versions if something stuffs up then keeping multiple copies on a single media may be appropriate for that purpose.
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    You only need to backup important files. 360gb of backup data is too much for a home user... you only need to backup your personal files and files that are not available online.


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