Special situation - multiple hard drives in single computer
First and foremost, I'm glad I got my new computer I built myself. A long with that, proud to announce that I can rest assured now (I think) that Acronis true image 2017 has my back. I had a friend that has the same specialized hardware than me and we had to star the system from scratch; believe me, I would do anything to avoid that on my computer. It took us a couple of weeks to get it back to normal.
I do want to start by saying that I did tried my best to find the answer by myself, I read the whole manual, I read many of your posts and while there were similar situations, I could not rely on "good enough". So I made an account; and here you have me. Usually, I rather spend the time researching myself instead of taking someone else's time, but this time I really need to make sure I am doing the correct backup for my needs.
I do have a "special" situation due the specialized hardware I'm running on that machine. I'm slightly concerned whether I backed up the computer properly or not (and I don't want to find out I did it wrong when I truly need Acronis to restore my data *knocks on wood*).
Computer with windows 10 pro. Installed the OS in an SSD 250gb samsung EVO and a WD black 1TB for the installation of all programs and data. I am running both SSD and HDD on GPT and BIOS is UEFI.
My needs (scenarios I need to not have to worry about);
Successfully defend against ransomware attacks (I have other methods in place too besides backups), I install a driver that is not working properly (I use a graphics card, and sometimes newer updates are not thoroughly tested and they can represent a lot of down time in my case.) A Hard drive fails, (either one of them or both) and I can replace it with whatever equivalent on space and be up and running like nothing ever happened.
I am backing up to my NAS. Also will add a full backup to an external offline (for paranoia purposes and both encrypted).
When I ran my first schedule backup I selected "disks" instead of "entire pc" for more control because the software failed to specify "entire pc". Anyways;
Scheduled backups "Disks" options;
I setup an incremental backup (5 increments before full backup weekly, keep only 2 versions) that is only going to do an average of 1 full and 4 weeks of incremental and once the new full runs again it will erase the first one that was made correct? Effectively making a full averagely once a month to the NAS? (because that's what I want, since I will manually be making another 2 full every two weeks or so to the external HDD offline) am I doing it right by choosing disk (and being able to replace any hard drive if it fails?)
SSD 250 gb samsung EVO dies. (Contains windows). Can i buy a Toshiba SSD 500gb (different brand and size to make my point) pop it in the computer and restore just the windows 10 (without restoring the HDD)?
How about both at the same time (restore both hard drives, OS to SSD and data to HDD)?
What if the WD crashes? Can i do the same thing just restore the data to a different branded HDD?
Please keep in mind I did full "disk" not "clone".
On my reading, your posts and manual; it talked about GPT being somehow different in the restore process. That it has to be "pre-formatted" to GPT or else the drive becomes basic, etc. I was just expecting things to go the following way; drive fails, buy a new one (don't matter the brand or size as long as it's bigger than the original one or same size) pop it in the computer. Click restore and see you in a half hour with my computer working normally. Is this not the case?
Is a disk backup option in Acronis enough for all those cases?
Thank you in advance, and I hope I can help anyone else. It's just this software is very intricate, and when you are talking about your data; you can't be explicit enough.