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Fastest way to copy data from laptop HD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by zr79, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. zr79

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    Say you have a laptop and you need to backup all the files on it's drive, what is the fastst way to do this, i would be suing a live cd to copy the files?

    Ideally if you could take you desktop sata drive and connect it to the laptop, i know you can via a usb to sata adapter(or maybe even a firewire to sata adpater) but then your only running at 480Mbits/s.

    I would want a 2.5'' ide to sata adapter (assuming the laptop was using a ide interface) but then i also want to keep the laptops HD in as well, so how could i attach my 3.5 sata drive to the laptop without using firewire or USB, i am looking at speed........

    I would need omething like a 2.5'' to (dual) 2.5'' and 3.5'' interface.
     
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  2. Sparky
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    gigabyte network connection to a fast NAS box? no? 8)
     
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    You could but cost and mobility as well are factors also.

    I guess unless the laptop can hold 2 drives it can't be done, i have have to settle for USB 2.0 to sata and that could take hours to transfer 100+ gigs of data.

    Now that i think of it a NAS box is a good idea, do you have a link for a reasonable priced one?

    Or how about a SAN, if i was running of a live linux cd do you think the NAS box would install ok?
     
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    This one is ok and comes with a free 500GB drive just now.

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/149510

    You can copy the files when windows is running if you wanted to get an idea of speed. Probably best to leave the data copying overnight tbh.
     
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  5. jk2447

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    I made the mistake of buying a Lacie NAS drive for home use and was gutted how slow it was because although it had a gigabit ethernet connection, NAS drives have a processor in them, effectively they are a small PC, so the throughput was pathetic. Needless to say that found its way onto eBay sharpish.

    How big is this Laptop HD? If its a home project your best bet is a caddy for that 3.5 and use it via a USB2 port. The sustained internal transfer rate on a 2.5" HD probably 5400rpm is only gonna be 50-60Mbps anyway.

    As Sparky says, just leave it running overnight if its that much data. Just my 2 cents

    Jim
     
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    I had the same problem with those types of NAS devices, I had a lacie and a WD one, and they are truely horrible. Slow as anything.

    I personally bought Norton Ghost for my backups, only cost me 40 quid and it copies 130GB of data to my external HD in half an hour for a compressed total size of 39GB. Sorted.
     
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    Yeah we use Ghost in work, its cracker. There you go zr79, job done :biggrin
     
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    I was backing up a large amount of data from my work laptop today. I used a 2.5" drive in a caddy and used it's eSATA interface to transfer the data. Was extremely rapid ...
     
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