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How to Mirror a Hard Drive

Posted by Hemprasad Y. Badgujar on February 10, 2014


How to Mirror a Hard Drive

From music libraries and family photos to important documents and operating files, losing a hard drive can be a logistical and emotional nightmare. In a few simple steps, however, you can mirror a hard drive — creating a back up copy identical to your main drive. Mirroring a hard drive will protect your important files in the event of a computer virus or hardware failure.

Steps

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    Decide if you want to create a mirrored drive on your existing hard drive or on a separate, external drive.

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    Download or purchase the necessary software. There are many inexpensive software solutions that will streamline the process down to just a few clicks. Choose a software program that provides a reliable backup and disaster recovery of systems, applications, settings and personal files.

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    If you want to create a mirrored drive on your existing hard drive, you will first need to partition your hard drive. Right click the ‘computer’ icon on desktop and Choose “Manage”.

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    From Management Console, Select “Disk Management” in left pane. It will display all disks. Click appropriate disk to create partition and follow the prompts.

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    After creating partition format your partition. This will enable the partition for copying data. (Usually when you partition with Disk management” option, It gives you an option to format created partition automatically or to leave partition without formatting.

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    Load and run your mirror software. The software provides a user-friendly interface that will guide you through the installation and set-up process.

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    Choose the drive you want to mirror from the list of available drives. In most cases, you will want to select the C drive.

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    Select a location to save your mirror copy. This location will either be your newly-partitioned hard drive or an external drive.

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    Click the “Start” button to begin the mirroring process. Depending on the size of your files and the write speed of your hard drive, the mirroring process may take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

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    Test the new drive to ensure your files are successfully copied. If you mirrored your entire drive, you can test the new drive by removing the old drive. Your computer should successfully boot up from the new drive.

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