Want To Minimise The Risk Of Losing Files ? in Windows Posted December 22, 2010 This works in both Windows 7 and Vista, the idea is simple, after working on a mates system where his raid failed, he had files that were essential (yeah we all know you should back up), but whether raid or single drive, if you have files in you're My Documents, My Music etc that you don't want to risk losing, then simply move these folders to a slave drive (needless to say you need 2 drives here), then if the worst happens, you do not have to worry about getting these files back, they are already safe on the slave drive, all work is automatically saved to the new location, NOT the OS drive, so if a reinstall is required, you're files are safe, this is not a replacement for backing up as such, but an insurance policy incase you're caught on the hop. Go to each folder in turn, the ones I suggest are My Documents, Desktop (if you save stuff on there), My Music, My Pictures, My Videos (assuming you use these folders):- Right click on each (in turn), and select Properties Now click on the Location tab Then select Move Browse to you're slave drive\where you want it saved Click Select Then Apply It will ask if you want to move all files over, say Yes (assuming you do), then OK Job done, repeat with each folder to be moved, and then all you're work is on the slave drive without the worry if the OS drive crashes and needs reinstalling, enjoy. So, explain to me how the slave drive is any safer or less likely to fail that the system drive? You still relying on a single piece of hardware located in the same box as the other drive, connected to the same power source, etc. to maintaina single copy of your most important data. This only protects you from lossing files in the event of the system drive failing, but you are still just as vulnerable to drive failure. There is no substitute for regular backups and the offsite backup options available today are inexpensive, secure, and have a very low system impact on modern PCs. Barring that a regular backup to an external drive that does nothing more than copy the files to another drive is still a better solution than just placing the files onto a different drive. There are tones of free utilities to do this or you can even look up how to use the xcopy command, create a batch file, and setup a schedule to run it every night.