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Best way to create backup images for long term storage?

I like hearing how everyone prefers to do it. I have a few hard drives from old computers and I'm about to shrink the partitions, create images of each partition (using dd) and just cram all the iso's onto my backup drive. Although, I have recently wondered if there's a way to include parity bits for error correction, since you often hear of data rot stories (started happening to one of my drives, that's what caused me to do this)
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  1. Sanders0492 said:
    I like hearing how everyone prefers to do it. I have a few hard drives from old computers and I'm about to shrink the partitions, create images of each partition (using dd) and just cram all the iso's onto my backup drive. Although, I have recently wondered if there's a way to include parity bits for error correction, since you often hear of data rot stories (started happening to one of my drives, that's what caused me to do this)


    Macrium Reflect
    Create an image, or series of images, in a folder off on another drive.
    On whatever schedule you wish.

    That's what I use, anyway.
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    I don't know of any easy-to-use (GUI-based) backup software which generates parity files. You can create them manually if you use an archiver program like tar or zip, then follow up the process with a parity program. Wikipedia has a list of parity software. That's the procedure I use for long-term storage onto optical discs.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parchive#Software
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