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  1. Is there some simple software to keep two folders/drives in sync? It need not be some RAID setup but basically software I can periodically run to duplicate my external HDDs? I feel that may be a more manageable solution for me.
  2. Some more thoughts: I see that Windows 10 has a option of setting up a mirrored volume. But I am thinking of doing this with two external drives that are not going to be always connected to the PC, and also with the 1 TB drive that also won't be always connected to the PC. Will it be okay to disconnect such drives from the PC and reconnect, and will they still be able to behave as mirrored drives?
  3. So I have a Asus Zenbook Pro with a 512 GB SSD, and a Western Digital My Passport external drive with 1 TB of space. I have been using Backblaze to backup all this data for a while now, however I do not have a local backup for my data so far. Also, I take a lot of pictures with my DSLR and the raw images from the camera as well as the post processed JPEGs quickly take up a ton of space and I will soon run out of storage to space on my 512 GB SSD + 1 TB hard disk combined to put these photos. Strictly speaking I don't need to have all the raws, but I have similar data hoarding problems as LMG! In the long run I will likely delete some RAWs. So, firstly I need to get a new external HDD for additional space. And secondly I need to have a local backup solution as well, so as to quickly recover from data loss compared to having to download loads of data from Backblaze. I don't intend to do any fancy setups such as a NAS. My idea is as follows: Get two 4 TB HDDs. I will mirror the data I store on these so that they are basically a copy of each other, and one of these will be treated as a backup. I will use my current 1 TB HDD as a backup for my 512 GB SSD. Again, I plan to mirror the content of my SSD on this HDD. Given the difference in size, I could use it for some more fancy backup strategy? Like file history? I feel like a consumer grade HDD could do the trick as I don't have any requirements of super fast speeds, as long as it is reasonably reliable. My current WD HDD seems to be of good quality (fingers crossed), so I wonder if their 4 TB HDD is good quality for the money? Link > WD My Passport 4TB (£82) Do you folks think this 4 TB drive is good quality, and fair price? Please let me know if you have better suggestions for a local backup. Finally, what software should I use to achieve my goal of mirroring the data on one 4 TB drive to the other, and likewise mirroring the data on my SSD to my 1 TB drive? Whenever I connect my 4 TB drives, they should behave like 1 4TB drive and replicate data (I suppose that is RAID1) and when I connect my 1 TB drive to my laptop, it should backup the data from the laptop's SSD. This is just my idea, but perhaps a little complex. Let me know if there is a nicer way of doing this.
  4. Hi GameMaster2030, thanks for the information! This is useful but I think a BIG CAVEAT is that most people, including me, have a ISP who gives us a dynamic IP address. As far as I can tell this causes major problems and I cannot use this setup as is. Actually my ISP uses carrier grade NAT (CGN) which plays havoc on port forwarding. SO, there seems to be no way to access the openvpn server from outside my network. Which is a shame! I am looking into DynamicDNS to do this, but I think it is important to note that typical ISP practices may make this very difficult. I feel this caveat should have been stated in your post to warn folks like me, as I ended up spending a couple of hours without success.
  5. Excellent! Good to know!
  6. Hi folks, I'm thinking of using the Raspberry pi zero wireless version for this project as I want to avoid hooking up my raspberry pi to the router via an ethernet cable to avoid cluttering that area of my house and give me more flexibility in placing this. However I noticed that the raspberry pi zero wireless is only capable of connecting to 2.4 GHz WiFi and not 5 GHz. I use the 5 GHz network on all my devices as it gives me more speed than the 2.4 GHz network. So if I connect to the 2.4 GHz one with the pi hole, can I still get ad blocking for the 5 GHz network? Or am I forced to use the ethernet cable?
  7. I tried doing what you suggested me to do, which is only update the drivers as I don't have games installed and never had any malware issues to the best of my knowledge (unless something is lurking behind without any symptoms). I had to update my BIOS as it seemed to be fairly old. After the update I got a different error code: 0xc1900130. There seems to be a bit more meaningful info about this error online than the previous one I got, so I am going to try some of the suggestions provided online by clearing up more disk space. And attempting to redownload the update. Here is a screen shot (attached). UPDATE: I fixed the problem! So after the BIOS update I ran the Windows Update troubleshooter, and then I also ran an "sfc /scannow" command. But it is likely that the Windows Update troubleshooter fixed some problems. And now my laptop finally updated to 1903. It was more trouble than it should be. But hey, at least it worked eventually and it did not brick my PC beyond repair!
  8. I believe 1809 was not rolled out to many users due to the massive issues that Microsoft had. So as far as I can tell MS rolled it out, stopped roll out due to issues, tried to fix issues and rolled it out again and then had even more issues so stopped roll out. As far as I can tell a lot of people were left on 1803 intentionally by MS themselves without giving the 1809 update. As far as your suggestions go I will check if all my drivers are up to date I do not have any games installed (not an avid gamer! Shocker for this community I know) I did not have malware anytime during my usage of this machine as far as I can tell
  9. Hi there! I am a long time LTT viewer on YouTube, first time LTT forum member. I love the LTT community and feel it is a very good and technical user base so I feel you all may give some useful suggestions to my query. Let's get to that now! I have an Asus Zenbook Pro (N501VW Signature Edition apparently). This is a few gens old now running the i7-6700HQ, 16 GB RAM etc. It is currently running Windows 10 1803, with the build number 17134.829. It recently seems to have tried to do an update, probably not the 1903 update but some regular updates. But it failed with some Windows failed to boot nonsense. I restarted the PC and it booted fine. I decided to try to install 1903 as 1803 will soon reach its EOL. I tried and failed to install 1903 3 or 4 times. The first 3 were using the Windows update method. The last was by downloading the Windows 10 update tool from the MS website. After failing the first time, I thought it was probably due to insufficient free space, even though I had about 60 GB free on my 512~ GB SSD. The next 3 times I tried with about 110 GB free and it always fails the same way. After Windows Update finishes downloading the update and reaches 90+% installing, it says it needs to restart to finish installation. I then restart the PC for the first time during the updating process, hoping that I get the familiar blue screen with a percentage progress of installation. I do get that screen after the reboot, but it hits some 25% or 30% or so and then it abruptly reboots. I feel this is normal as I am used to Windows rebooting numerous times during updates... got used to this by now. But then on this second reboot, it reaches the Asus logo and just stays there... No progress bar, no spinning dots, nothing. And never leaves this screen. The last attempt, with the updater tool from MS website, I went through all these steps and reached the same Asus logo and got stuck. This time I waited for about 2 hours and came back to the same state - stuck at the Asus logo. I reboot from this stage and it usually goes back to the Asus logo and gets stuck again. I wait for a good amount of time and reboot again out of frustration, and this time it says "undoing changes to your system" or something like that and boots into Windows 10 without updating anything. After each of the failed attempts via Windows Update, in the Win Update screen it says "We couldn't install this update blah blah, you can try again." And I saw an error code "0x8000ffff". The version was still 1803. So, I know MS sucks major balls with respect to updates but this is my first major encounter with an update issue where the update fails spectacularly no matter what! I mean the only saving grace and the only reason MS gets a D grade instead of the failing F grade is because it *AT LEAST* manages to gracefully revert to the previous working state rather than completely bricking my main home computer. Any clues as to what is going wrong and how I can make it update (without finally bricking my PC)?