Need to back up hard drive- help?

Discussion in 'Computers' started by John Wilson, Apr 21, 2003.

  1. John Wilson

    John Wilson Supporting Actor

    Jul 6, 1999
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    I am looking for suggestions as to the best way to completely back up my hard drive such that if I experience a drive crash, I can quickly and easily bring up my backup solution very quickly. I have read that some people install an identical slave drive and just do a complete copy to it periodically. This seems feasible but how would I go about implementing it?

    Are there any other ways to do this? My system is as follows:

    Dell Dimension 4100 P3-866 running XP PRO.
    512 MB PC133
    NTFS-formated 60GB HD partioned into 20GB and 40GB drives
    MS Office 2000

    I am very concerned that my documents and Outlook Express email files and settings be preserved.

    I am looking for any and all possible solutions and a step-by-step procedure to implement it would be nice as well.:b

    I don't ask for much, do I?[​IMG]

    Thanks for your help/suggestions!
  2. Rob Gillespie

    Rob Gillespie Producer

    Aug 17, 1998
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    Easiest method would be to buy a new hard drive (preferably a big bugger, 120gb upwards), install it as a second drive and use Norton Ghost to image your entire first drive to it whenever you want. Using a large second drive means you can keep more than one archive and still use it as a secondary data storage area. For day-to-day backups of your mail files, the backup facility within Windows would suffice.

    No doubt someone will suggest using RAID but unless you really need up-to-the-second resiliance it's not necessary.
  3. Karl_Luph

    Karl_Luph Supporting Actor

    Apr 5, 2002
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    Sounds like a great idea John, wish I had done this before losing a hard drive.
  4. Tekara

    Tekara Supporting Actor

    Jan 8, 2003
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    I like raid's because they are mindless once set up, don't have to remember anything once you get the mirror going. If one hardrive fails your computer won't be sent back a few days just a few seconds. Plus if the Raid solution is up to spec the hardrive failure won't even cause a computer shut-down as the second hardrive should kick right in.

    if you don't want to buy a second hardrive and have a CD-burner, you can always go that route, I believe norton ghost will ghost to multiple cd's. . . though if you do go this route I wouldn't ghost everything.

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