How to Automatically Sync Drives

by Dave Wilson

Backing up information stored on your computer is a necessity, especially if the computer holds information that cannot be replaced. While standard backup procedures help ensure data are not lost in the event of a hard drive failure, the time gap between the last backup and the drive failure usually results in lost data. Configuring two hard drives to remain synchronized at all times using a RAID 1 configuration will prevent the loss of data and also ensure that the computer is operational if a hard drive fails.

Click the "Start" button, then click the "Search" box. Type "diskmgmt.msc" and press "Enter."

Locate the two hard drives listed toward the bottom of the Disk Management window.

Right-click on one of the drives, then click "Convert to Dynamic Disk" in the menu that appears.

Click the check box next to each disk displayed in the window that appears, then click the "OK" button.

Click the "Convert" button to convert the hard drives to "dynamic disks." If only one of the two hard drives was listed in the "Convert to Dynamic Disk" window, repeat the procedure above for the second disk.

Right-click on the hard drive partition in the list at the top of the Disk Management window that you wish to synchronize, then click "Add Mirror..." in the drop-down menu that appears.

Click to select the disk that is listed in the Add Mirror window that appears, then click the "Add Mirror" button.

Confirm that the select hard drive partition is now listed on both hard drives as a "mirrored" partition.

Repeat the procedure above for all partitions on the drive to be synchronized.

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About the Author

Dave Wilson has been writing technical articles since 1993, including manuals, instructional "how-to" tips and online publications with various websites. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and has Microsoft, Cisco, and ISC2 (CISSP) technical certifications. He also has experience with a broad range of computer platforms, embedded systems, network appliances and Linux.

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