09-19-2012 11:07 PM
I just recently purchased the GoFlex Home 3TB disk. I backed up my system just prior to wiping it to install Windows 8 (wiping because I was going from a non-raid setup to a raid setup and wanted to make sure I kept everything intact).
I am now running on WIndows 8, however I had some issues with the Memeo software (performance doesn't seem terribly good, I think due to the constant scanning for any file changes, which actually interfered with a few downloads, but that's another discussion). I have not tried to install the Memeo software under Windows 8 because, quite frankly, I don't like it and don't want to use it. As soon as I figure out how to use Windows integrated backup with it, or have the time to hunt down another application that does what I want I'll use that.
My problem is that I would like to restore much of that data now, as well as backup other systems in the house.
While I can read the data on the drive, I'm wary of just attempting to do a raw copy of ~400GB worth of data.
What are my options for just restoring specific folders without installing the Memeo software?
Am I safe just to do a robocopy from the device to my local machine?
I'm rather paranoid about data, and my main concern is about my laptop (one of the "other systems" referenced above). I haven't backed it up yet because I don't know if there is an easy solution to this. If there is nothing wrong with doing a raw copy, while not exactly an elegant solution, it's workable. I'd prefer something a tad more elegant.
Basically the GoFlex is just temporary storage for now. I want to get everything backed up, then transferred to a 3TB RAID 1 array in my system (the one that I just upgraded), then back THAT up to the GoFlex. That way I've got 3 copies of all the data. Still need to figure an off-site solution, but I think the tape archiving service can wait ;-)
I'll even give Memeo or another product a try if it has a decently performing client that will work on WIn7 and Win8.
09-20-2012 09:07 AM
Forget Memeo here. You don't need it, it will needlessly complicate things, and it is not yet updated to be supported under Windows 8.
Just drag and drop specific folders and files from the external drive to the destination drive.
Here, this will help quite a bit:
Skip to section 4/28 of the video. Don't bother starting with Memeo. Just launch the Windows Explorer window in the way it shows and you can follow what it is doing afterward.