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Topic # 29654 14-Jan-2009 11:18
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im wanting to make a back up of my pc to a external hard drive
in the advent i have to format my pc i have a complete snapshot to reinstall by.theres a couple of programs norton ghost,acronis for example that i think do what im wanting.
has anyone done this before using a free program? and what was it called?
can i simply copy /paste my computer to the external drive?


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  Reply # 191474 23-Jan-2009 10:11
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It's not quite as easy as copying and pasting, but it is a relativly simple process...
Would definitely recommend using something like GHOST, but since you are looking for a free one; Try going to your Hard Drive Manufacturer's website and looking for a downloadable diagnostic/toolkit

eg Western Digital uses a program called DATA Lifeguard Tools (only for WD drives?) which i am sure you can use to create backups and clone HD's/partitions... whatever you want..
(should be able to find something similar at your respective manufacturers site)

Just make sure that when you are doing it, that you select the correct Source/Destination drives, as you wouldnt be the first person to Clone the wrong way and lose everything...

Good Luck

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  Reply # 191530 23-Jan-2009 12:53
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I used to use DriveImage XML which was good but in Vista you had to turn off UAC and reboot whenever you wanted to create an image.

Now I use Macrium Reflect free edition which doesn't require this, it also has a much easier to create Rescue disk than DriveImage.

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  Reply # 191539 23-Jan-2009 13:11
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We use Nortons Ghost here at work.  Works great - Cloned closte to a hundred machines.
But have not done any Vista machines yet. Don't have any Vista machine ethier.


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  Reply # 191543 23-Jan-2009 13:17
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I used Acronis True Image 2009 for cloning Vista to external drives.  Works very well, very fast, and has a benefit of being able to restore individual file and folders if required, instead of restoring a full backup.  Lets you create boot media as well so you can boot off a CD or USB stick to access your Image in a disaster. 

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  Reply # 193152 1-Feb-2009 00:46
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howz it
thanks for the replys so far

sorry i should have said in my post that im using XP as my OS

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