The day started out badly. No coffee. It then got worse. I switched on my laptop and I heard that distinct tick-tick-tick sound of the hard drive failing !
My life & data flashed before my eyes as I tried to remember what I had on this computer and when was the last time I had a full backup. I needed to move fast now so bad day to run out of coffee…curses….
Luckily my laptop switched on and managed to log in. What now ? what is the best way to backup my info ?
There are two options.
Option1: Backup just my data – docs, emails, music, photos etc. This means that I would have access to all my information when I get a new hard drive. Downside: I will need to reinstall every application I own. That process takes hours and basically means a complete day wasted watching the software laugh at me with a progress bar saying 49%….50%….51%….
Option2: Clone the entire hard drive. This means that I make an exact replica of my entire hard drive and when I get my new one, I just dump the cloned drive back on. This will include not only my data but all the application and their settings as well. Downside: This take a long time to complete and if my drive fails whilst doing it, I am pretty much …poked.
What to do ?
I opted for Option2- clone the entire hard drive. I chose that option as I happen to have a Verbatim Store n Go USM portable Hard Drive. I chose to use this drive over another as it comes pre-formatted as FAT-32. So I wouldn’t waste valuable time formatting a 1TB drive whilst my hard drive is failing. It also works with USB 2.0 and 3.0 so I would be getting fast transfer speed.
I plugged the Store n Go in, my computer immediately recognised it (and the help its about to receive) and I noticed that Verbatim has provided software to backup my machine. Nice guys !
I ran the through the process and after some time, I had a complete clone of my machine and I could relax long enough to go out and get a new hard drive and much needed coffee.
This drive is Verbatim’s first USM (Universal Storage Module) Hard Drive & comes with a USB 3.0 USM cable. You could also purchase FireWire800 USM cable, eSATA USM cable, Thunderbolt USM adapter so your connection options are limitless. One drive many cables and many options.
The USM concept is also superb. You simply disconnect the adaptor and plug the drive straight into the device that have a USM slot. For example: you could have your music or video on it and plug the drive into the USM slot on a set-top box. Or you could have sensitive information and could use this as a removable hard drive that is locked away in a safe at night.
Its a great little product and for the price its amazing value. The 500GB USB 3.0 sells at R 999 including V.A.T and the 1TB USB 3.0 sells at R 1499 including V.A.T.