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Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« on: June 27, 2011, 05:45:58 am »

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-SATA-HDD-Copy-Station/dp/B003OA5292

I am getting one of these, nice feeling to have a clone ready to go.

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Re: Your friend in troubled times.....
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2011, 05:52:35 am »

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Integral-SATA-HDD-Copy-Station/dp/B003OA5292

I am getting one of these, nice feeling to have a clone ready to go.

That and a copy of Acronis True Image have got me out of trouble in the past.
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2011, 07:44:47 am »

I have Acronis and it works great (when it works), it has also let me down once, it would not happily detect the DVD in the drive, kept getting stuck around the BIOS, might have been specific to the PC, so I am backing up my back up.
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2011, 09:39:43 am »

I've taken in the last couple of years to using http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/. It is freeware and creates a bootable disc that you use to copy the volume in question. It is a sector by sector copy so there volumes are identical. It also allows either volume or partition based copies.
I've had lousy luck with Acronis and Drive Image/Ghost when restoring boot volumes. YMMV.
One thing I do is make a master image of the boot volume of each system after it has been optimized. That way I can restore it in about an hour if something goes awry.
Remember, save early and often......

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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2011, 03:23:21 pm »

Just to add I was "downed" for 1/2 a day with a overheated and broke PS2 controller, keyboard stopped working so I am now using a USB keyboard, funny how such a small issue can effectively halt your studio throughput. All sorted now.
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2011, 10:38:28 pm »

Ahh! The back-up saga.
I had a PC meltdown, last year.. in the middle of Wump-22.

Pledged, I would do something about it from the start of the new Hard drive etc..
In came Mirror folder (http://www.techsoftpl.com/backup/), havenít looked back since.
Does a really good job, and can be set up as a RAID, which is a plus.

For all who havenít looked into any real-time back-up processes, I urge you to, before the inevitable strikes.

You have been warned audio people.


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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2011, 06:39:44 am »

I am slowly setting up a new(ish) i7 system and I am planning to do a hardware clone of the drive this time nice I have set it once, it is up and it's "tickety boo"

Though one should always fire a drive up every now and then to stop bearing cease.
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2011, 09:48:49 am »

Just cloned my 80GB (yes it's a very very old but solid DAW !) "C" drive using this Integral SATA copy station.

Copied it in 25 mins to a new 1TB Samsung Spinpoint.

Magic, it is a no brainer to own one of these and a new drive ready to go, you are talking about £70.00 for the unit and a drive in total, so around $110.00, best invested money IMO.

Good to know it's ready to go and no need to worry about time consuming and stressful re install/authorization/tweaks/preferences of countless softwares. 

Chuffed.
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2011, 10:06:03 am »

Just cloned my 80GB (yes it's a very very old but solid DAW !) "C" drive using this Integral SATA copy station.

Was that with Acronis?
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2011, 11:36:46 am »

Hi Nigel, Acronis let me down once so I am bidding it fairwell.

Instead this unit for £30.00 simply clones any and every SATA harddrive and it's contents.
The machine is just 2 slots to take your bare removed drives, Slot 1 = Master (source SATA drive) Slot 2 = destination SATA HD, turn power on, double click 1 button, voila... entire drive gets copied to the drive in slot 2.

Total and almost instant back up of your C drive. (or any drive of course)

You can also connect the device to a PC or MAC and read SATA drives like an external USB2.0 drive as a bonus.

Sure it is a little more expensive than a software solution like Acronis/Ghost etc. etc. but if you think of man hours involved in a system drive breakage the price does not even bear consideration.


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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2011, 02:02:05 pm »

Thanks Barry - so it's an all-in-one solution, I like the sound of that.

Could you post a link? I wonder if there's an IDE version, or if yours does IDE as well.
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2011, 02:46:31 pm »

EDIT: One thing to note is on the box it says: largest Capacity 1TB based on HDD, whatever that means, anyway I copied an 80GB drive to a 1TB drive no trouble.

SATA only (the one I got anyway), in the very first post there is a link to Amazon(UK) £30.00 delivered.

I copied the drive within 2 hours of receiving the unit, could not have been easier.

The only issue I could think of for a SADiE user is the "Projects" folder on the C drive will not get
incrementally backed up (if you are used to Acronis incrementals every 2 weeks or so for example) so you would maybe need to drag and drop that every now and then to another external drive to be sure you have the latest projects available.

But I always suggest saving and backing up as one single procedure in SADiE, I never think of saving a project in SADiE as being 1 menu command, always 2 save proj/back up to audio drive. You can check to make sure you have .apj files on your external drive (if you use one). The architecture might have changed a little in recent times. I have moved away from SADiE a little now for PQ'ing as Win7 supposedly does not support V5 (I have not tried tbh and I have W7 32 bit on the new comp) and I have been relying on Wavelab more, though need to learn it on the new machine, what a chore thats going to be.
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2011, 07:39:10 am »

Thanks Barry.
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Re: Your friend in troubled times..... (computer equipment)
« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2011, 09:47:28 pm »

I use these 5.25" bay-mounted "Tray less" SATA bays for OS images and other HD backups:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817997016

They also make "enclosed" versions that have a small fan for ventilation, but these drives are generally only in use for the duration of the image creation, and they get put on a shelf (and one is taken offsite).

Simple, cheap, and they still plug into your MoBo's native Southbridge SATA ports for full-speed backups.  Just make sure that you have AHCI or RAID mode enabled if you plan on "hot swapping".  Otherwise shut down, insert the drive, boot-up, backup, shut down, and remove the drive (AHCI is far superior  ;) ).

That and Acronis or Ghost boot CD-R's have saved my bacon more than a few times...

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