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Topic # 31166 7-Mar-2009 11:11
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I am using a fairly fast desktop PC running Windows Vista.

Often, I back-up my files onto the 160GB portable Seagate hard drive, USB powered.  Sure, I do have a lot of data to back-up - in fact, 100GB of it.  It currently takes over an hour to complete the transfer from the PC to the external drive.

Is there a faster way to do it apart from using 3rd party synching software?  I just cannot trust the software stuffing up and removing my files  Yell

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  Reply # 199741 7-Mar-2009 12:25
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E-SATA
Get a portable drive with an E-SATA connection + E-SATA in your PC. This should be faster than USB.

Are you backing up a few big files, or a few thousand smaller files? Each individual file adds to the time. Are you compressing or encrypting? This will also add to the time.

100GB in one hour is actually pretty good though.




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  Reply # 199749 7-Mar-2009 12:45
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I have an IEEE connection on my desktop.  Can you suggest some portable hard drives powered by USB only with IEEE connection?  Or is it as simple as buying an IEEE cable?

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