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Topic # 89517 4-Sep-2011 10:26
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in the past I've always had 2 HDD and would image the C:/ onto the D:/ most of the time using Acronis. I could never be bothered with reinstalling everything if something went wrong so felt really good knowing that if windows crap out or i get hit by a virus i would just put the image back on.
BUT my new system comprises of
1x 60GB SSD
2x 1TB HDD
now obviously the 60Gb is only enuff for windows 7 and the soon to arrive BF3 so i've been installing the likes of MS Office and other programs on my D:/ - this makes me a bit nervous cause if C:/ went down it would make all the programs on the D:/ useless
so i'm looking for suggestions on how to image my drives that contains the OS & other programs so if anything happens i don't have to reinstall everything from scratch

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  Reply # 516365 4-Sep-2011 10:32
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Acronis Total Home Image (

Although this is a topic that have been discussed here a few times and I'm sure other will suggest something else (or just search on the site and you will find more information).

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  Reply # 516368 4-Sep-2011 10:40
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Acronis is good, and if you image your C: drive and install apps on one of your terabyte drives, reimaging shouldn't be a problem as windows will still look in the same place for your apps.

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  Reply # 516373 4-Sep-2011 10:49
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yeah true never thought of it like that - the path will be the same if i have the image of C:/  - thks back to Acronis then

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  Reply # 518923 9-Sep-2011 10:40
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acronis, norton ghost is supposed to be good also. but i havent tried it.

gz ftw

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  Reply # 519036 9-Sep-2011 15:04
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FYI: If you have at least one Seagate hard drive in your system you can probably download Seagate Disc Wizard for free which is actually powered by Acronis True image.

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  Reply # 519135 9-Sep-2011 21:16
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sweet thks the seagate one sounds interesting - have used acronis but being a ssd drive are there any settings i should watch out for should i ever have to out the image back on?

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  Reply # 519810 12-Sep-2011 09:56
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Windows 7 has the ability to back itself up to another hard disk, and you can restore to that point using the windows install disk.

If you image a whole drive you often get a whole lot of crud, page files, random files on the hard drive, etc, when you really just want programs and data. That's why I keep only OS and programs on my OS disk (an SSD), so that if I do image it my image is 10GB instead of a silly 500GB or whatever.

Data is backed up independently of the OS, to multiple offsite locations.

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