Thanks so much, this does help.
After populating both and seeing the results, it does appear as a redundant waste of space.
Here is what I am trying to accomplish:
I am a horrible pack-rat with my computer and it has become an out-of-control mess. Cleaning up the mess is going to take weeks or months. I need to be able to do it in steps, over time. In addition to my laptop, I have a 750 GB WD My Book that is full (lots of messed up redundancies there to sort out, also).
I’m trying to find a way to back up the messy folders & My Book as they exist now (in one place), then do the cleanup on my laptop in increments. It’s too easy to lose, misplace or accidentally delete things I don’t want deleted when doing that. So I want to retain those original folders/files (probably permanently). I have plenty of space to do that.
I’m trying to figure out if I need to first create copies of the original folders and rename them for permanent storage. If the SmartWare backup is completely segregated from the Shares, and I don’t set it up for automatic back-up, it seems I could get away without having to make mirror image copies before I start cleaning out on laptop.
I would then just regularly update the Shares folders as I work through the cleanup process.
I’m just worried about accidentally over-writing the original files.
Hope my explanation is making sense.
So, if I use SmartWare initially to preserve the original “mess”, is it segregated from the Shares folders? Does it sound to you as my thought process is going in the right direction?
By the way, I don’t care about being able to “restore from backup.” When my computers get to the point of total crash, I’ll either do a fresh install or buy a new one. As long as I have my data backed up somewhere, that’s all I care about.