by   November 17 2015   
The Year, 2015 and it is about time you get your backup and recovery processes down to a simple 1,2,3 process. Since the NT days (forget about your DOS Days, you ran from 5.25 disks and your 40 pound hard drives were not in every household. It is time to learn, bare metal backup, file backup and how to hide your backups from viruses, neighbors and your 12 year old A.D.D. kid.

Windows 10 Backup with BitLocker Encryption.

For those that enabled BitLocker you also need to make sure your backup drives are also BitLocker Enabled.

Much of what I will show is my setup so if you have different equipment or size demands just go with the flow and read how I do things so you can double check your setup. 

1. Compile a list of all your devices from Desktop computers, Servers, Mobile devices such as your SmartPhone and your Tablet. All of your devices need to have a backup and all need to be safely stored when not in use. 

I use a 4 Disk Drive External RAID connected as an external eSATA hard drive. I have a total of 9TB of usable space. 

I calculated all my backup needs and found that 2 1.75TB VHD drives will do the job. 
If you need to make larger than 4TB I believe you need to use the GPT type of hard drive setup in Windows. Create your Large VHDX file and enable Bitlocker. 

Now, Bitlocker can be set to do a quick encryption, basically it only encrypts the data when added to the space. If you are using an old drive or a drive that had data on it you should use the long show bitlocker encryption method. It took just about 2 days to do all my backup drives. 

Now that you have your VHD backup drive on your External Hard Drive Enclosure we need to make it easy to work with. 

Now, because I backup my Files hourly and my full system weekly it would not be a good idea to have my external drive connected at all times. So I've placed internal drives to be my daily backup and weekly backup locations. If you can not add another drive use a simple single disk external to backup your main OS and your File drives.

Here's what it does, I have a 500Gb OS drive that is backed up to a 1TB hard drive mounted in my workstation. I have a 1TB File drive which is basically moving your libraries over to your dedicated hard drive so your OS drive doesn't run out of space. Simple and I'll show you in another post if needed. 

Now I have 4 internal drives or you can have 1 internal and 3 external with USB 3 or eSATA you're not really going to notice document load times. 

  1. OS Drive 500Gb backup to OS_BACKUP 1Tb
  2. Documents and Files 1TB backup to 1TB drive. 
    This is the file copy Windows 10 backup method which really is just a copy of your file. 
  3. External eSATA RAID5 9TB drive with 2 VHD of 1.75TB each. 
  4. Once per week my Script runs a file copy of my backup drives to their respective VHD drives on the external drive enclosure. 

Task Scheduler:

  1. Setup time to backup OS Drive.
  2. Setup time to backup File Drive.
  3. Setup time to Mount external VHD for backup copy.
  4. Setup time to launch the file copy app of your choice and copy your backup drives to their VHD drives on your external RAID system.
  5. Setup time to unmount the drives after the backup has been completed.

Timing will be one thing only you can work out. I didn't set the Unmount command until I knew just how long it was going to  take to transfer all data. Basically came up with 6 to 8 hour windows. So I also scheduled an auto shutdown as well.

Now we have a fully bitlocker protected machine that has external bitlocker VHD drives on a storage device not connected full time to the network or your working machine.

I use a simple Timer to power up my RAID5 and to power down after my computer shuts down. It has been working just fine.

It seems to be allot of disks but this is how I have handled my Windows 7 days and now I'm using Windows 10 with the same setup except the file copy backup that Windows 10 has Windows 7 didn't as far as I know.

If you need recommendations on hardware I can offer you some.
Don't rule out green drives, slow spin drives are not that bad for your backup systems.
They can actually save you some money, but don't go cheap, we want 5 to 7 years of work out of our drives.  

 

 

The Year, 2015 and it is about time you get your backup and recovery processes down to a simple 1,2,3 process. Since the NT days (forget about your DOS Days, you ran from 5.25 disks and your 40 pound hard drives were not in every household. It is time to learn, bare metal backup, file backup and how to hide your backups from viruses, neighbors and your 12 year old A.D.D. kid.