hi there I have an unstable windows install (I know the old joke trust me but its causing an issue. yes I know this is a linux forum one second
the pc is i7 16 gigs of ram and 2tb hd with a 32gb built in ssd cache.
I purchased a 4tb usb 3.0 to use as a destination.
now under windows this HD is constantly disconnecting from the USB port every 5 minutes. (nice beeping and explorer popup) under a redo backup usb stick or other linux usb stick this box just hums away, I looked at clonezilla and redo backup. both have there pro's and cons a major con for me is easily extracting individual files) I plan to clean up my backup once I have it done remove all os files and redundancy, quarantine it and grab images docs and videos as I need an iso and important archives.
my eventual os plans may be linux on my primary box not sure yet, I love linux Love my slackware and miss a nice stable os. I just have some software I must use and want to see on a test box if i can get it working on wine or playonlinux or virtualbox to my own satisfaction if I can then by by winders and hello clean os again. but that doesn't affect my backup.
I was thinking rsync? just put in a usb linux variant mount the usb external and rsync the entire drive, its usb 3.0 so I am hoping 24 hours is enough to do it. redo backup did about 50% in a test run in 24 hours no issues why I know something is up with the usb drivers in my current windows box, linux just hums (of course it does, its linux)
gui would be nice, if I have the wife doing it or such, a windows or linux readable format (no format would be best) just raw files copied over to a folder on the external 4tb usb. I am just googled out tonight and figured I'd ask here i am sure I'll get the a few suggestions in no time to narrow down my search, usb sticks I got anywhere from 256mb to 64gb, a 16g and a 4g right now as test boots on my main pc.