Do SSDs make good backup hard drives?

A friend recently asked me about what backup hard drive to buy.

He mentioned an external SSD, which made me do a double-take. External SSD?!

Well, yeah. Apparently, they’ve been around for years already, although only recently have prices become a bit more reasonable.

And, until now, I hadn’t even seen an ad for one!

An external SSD as a backup drive has the primary benefit of SPEED!

But is it worth it? And are they reliable enough for use as a backup drive that might sit on your shelf for months or even years on end?

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Set up Windows File History and stop fighting with Backup and Restore

Okay, I admit: I was quite reluctant to try out the “new” File History backup system in Windows 10.

In fact, just a few months ago in my article Windows Backup and Restore failed: Four fixes that work, I wrote:

I suppose you could just be using File History, but that’s a different type of backup. Personally, I still use Backup and Restore because it works exactly the way I want.

Well, that’s not really true anymore.

In fact, Backup and Restore crapped out on me again, and this time I was unable to fix it!

So I decided to try File History, and whattaya know: it totally rocks!

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Windows Backup and Restore failed: Four fixes that work

If you’re still doing local backups instead of storing all your junk in “The Cloud”, then you may still be using the Windows 7-era Backup and Restore feature.

I suppose you could just be using File History, but that’s a different type of backup. Personally, I still use Backup and Restore because it works exactly the way I want.

The only problem is that it just loves to crash and burn…

So, the following is a list of all the fixes I’ve used over the last 4 years to make Backup and Restore play nicely again!

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Windows Backup Failed, Part 3: Problem reading file global-messages-db.sqlite

Backups are Good!Sweet mother of pearl!!

Does Windows Backup ever work?!  Well, yes. Sort of… Sometimes…

There are many factors to consider, though, such as the phase of the moon, whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow, sunspot activity, and the extent of the “twerking” performed by the latest raunchy pop star at last night’s performance.

Which reminds me: I’m officially changing my legal name to Lord Gaga Googoo Poopoo. It’ll be a real bother though, because LordGagaGoogooPoopoosTech.info is kind of a long address to remember… SIGH.

But, I digress.

Once again, if you are having problems with your Windows Backup failing, check out my two earlier articles on the subject:

So, you did all that, but it’s still failing on you… And this time, the message is something about being unable to read the file “global-messages-db.sqlite”.

This one’s the easiest fix of them all!

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Windows Backup Failed, Part 2: The system cannot find the file specified

Backups are Good!Dear, sweet Jesus… You’d think that Microsoft’s built-in “Backup and Restore” feature in Windows would just kind of work.

You’d be wrong.

If you haven’t seen my earlier post on Windows Backup problems, see here:

Fix It: Windows Backup Failed Trying to Read from Shadow Copy

If you’re still having problems with failing backups – especially if you get the error “The system cannot find the file specified. Error 0x80070002” – then read on.

The fix will both make you happy and make you cry at the same time…

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Fix It: Windows Backup Failed Trying to Read from Shadow Copy

Backups are Good!You get Windows Backup all set up, and it’s working fine.

You are happy.

Then one day, you get to your puter and you have a lovely error message that reads, “Windows backup failed while trying to read from shadow copy on one of the volumes being backed up.”

You try everything, and it just won’t back up your stuff any more. It keeps giving some error about a failure because it cannot read a shadow copy on one particular volume.

Not to worry, because the solution is pretty simple…

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