How to Mirror USB Drives
By Gabriel Dockery
With the ever increasing size of USB drives, it is becoming possible to create archives that encompass large stores of data. However, given that these drives are often of miniature size they are easily lost or damaged. Mirroring a USB drive is the process of backing up your USB drive to another storage system for redundancy.
Mirroring Your USB Drive
Download and install SyncBackSE software.
Launch the SyncBackSE software through the program icon placed into your programs list during the installation.
Click "Profile" in the menu bar and select "New".
Enter a meaningful profile name for this particular mirroring task and click "Next".
Select "Mirror" from the available back-up option listed and press "Next".
Ensure "No FTP" is selected for the "Backup to FTP" options page and click "Next".
On this page enter a source name for the USB drive to be mirrored and then click the "Choose Directory" icon on the next line to select the source to be mirrored.
Use the Windows Explorer pop-up that appears in order to navigate to the USB drive that you want to mirror and select it. Press the "OK" button and then click the "Next" button to proceed.
Enter a name for the destination of the mirrored data and then choose a location to mirror it to using the "Choose Directory" icon as in step 7.
Click the "Done" button in the bottom right and a new screen will appear summarizing the data you have entered.
Review the data about the mirroring profile you have created and click "Apply" when finished.
Highlight the new profile displayed in the main program window by left clicking it once.
Click the "Run" button in the lower middle portion of the program window to begin the mirroring process.
When the "Run" has completed you may safely close the software and navigate Windows Explorer to the destination you chose to ensure the mirroring process was successful.
- Using a second USB drive, you can mirror from USB drive to USB drive to create multiple mirrors.
- All files on the destination drive are deleted before file mirroring begins. Ensure you are using a storage area designed especially for that SyncBackSE profile.
Gabriel Dockery began writing in 2009, with his work published on various websites. He is working toward a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience in a transfer program between Ivy Tech College and Indiana State University.