Windows 7 Cloning / formatting a recovery drive


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May 9, 2021
My computer is working fine (for now). I have some empty 500 gb drives. I have one empty sata port left on my rather old desktop mobo. What's the easiest way to format (guess I'd have to do that) and create a second backup drive with all my data on it. I probably asked this on some other forum and no one replied OR (even worse) they suggested something like Easeus which makes no sense to me. I don't mind downloading software if it's easy to use. One big problem is that there aren't any really simple explanations (tutorials) for using the software, so you might end up with missing music, graphics and text files. BAD. Please remember that this is about Windows 7. Thank you

To add an empty 500 GB drive as a backup drive in your Windows 7 system, you can follow these steps. Since you only have one SATA port available, you need to connect the new drive to it. Here's a general outline of the process:

1. Installing the Drive:
- Physically install the empty 500 GB drive into your desktop's available SATA port. Make sure to secure the drive properly inside the case.

2. Boot Up:
- Start or restart your computer to detect the new drive.

3. Disk Initialization:
- [Win + R], type diskmgmt.msc, hit Enter.
- Initialize the disk if prompted. Right-click on the new drive and initialize it by following the on-screen instructions.

4. Format the Drive:
- In Disk Management, find the uninitialized drive. Right-click on it, select "New Simple Volume."
- Format the drive using the File System and Allocation Unit Size of your choice.

5. Copy Data:
- Copy the data you want to back up to the newly formatted drive. Simply drag and drop the files or use copy-paste.

6. Backup Strategy:
- Consider using Windows 7 Backup and Restore feature for a built-in backup solution. It allows you to schedule backups and create system images.

7. Regular Backup:
- Make regular backups to the new drive. Windows Backup and Restore feature includes options to set up automatic backups.

By following these steps, you should be able to add and set up your empty 500 GB drive as a backup drive on your Windows 7 system.