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Acronis True Image 2014, to Clone, Image, or Create Bootable Media or all 3...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Mike82, Oct 23, 2013.

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  1. Mike82

    Mike82 Thread Starter

    Jul 22, 2004
    Hey guys, it is good to be back on here as my problems are always solved, it has probably been a few years since my last visit! Anyway I am still running my 2006 Dell XPS 400 machine with windows XP SP3 media Center edition. It has a dual core 3ghz pentium CPU, 2GB ram, a 320gb Western Digital hard drive that is less than half full,and an Nvidia GeForce 6800 graphics card. love this machine so darn much as it does everything that I personally wanted to has one I had made back in 2006. And I absolutely love Windows XP. So being that the thing is 7 1/2 years old and I have never had a prior desktop last over 5 years without a hard drive failure, I feel as if I am running on borrowed time. This saddens me as I take great care of this machine and love it to death. Have everything set up the way that I like and I'm very comfortable with it, I don't adapt well to change LOL. So I recently began researching and found that hardware parts are pretty cheap now for this, but if the hard drive fails I will lose everything. So rather than install a new hard drive should this happen, and then boot from the original six and a half-year-old disks. Drivers, try to find lost photos, etc. I have learned about cloning software and have been researching it. So I purchased a Acronos true image 2014 an external Seagate 1TB HD (for other stuff too photos for the wife etc), And an internal hard drive dock, as well as a brand-new 320 GB Western Digital 3.5" 7200 RPM hard drive. Identical to the one that came with the machine from the factory. What I plan to do is use the dock to clone an identical image on this drive and then copy over it every few months as an update, does this sound like a feasible backup should my hard drive mechanically fail? Then I can simply swap out the drives since they are identical. Now that the remaining question though is should I also use Acronis 2014 to create a "bootable media disc", and if I should also make an image file to store on the Seagate external hard drive. As double and redundant backups. I am confused as to the difference between making a bootable media disc, and making an image file onto the external hard drive. Is the bootable disk needed to load the image file onto a newly installed blank internal HD? Or can you use the original Acronus True Image DVD to boot and then transfer the image file on the external hard drive to a newly installed blank hard drive inside the machine? Obviously I won't have to If my cloned spare internal Western Digital HD works, but I am just curious? From my understanding there are 3 options of the clone, the bootable media disc, and an image file. I definitely am going to make a clone onto a brand-new identical internal Western Digital hard drive. But where the confusion lies is if I also, for redundancy, make an image file onto my external hard drive, Could I install a blank internal disk into the machine (Just say the Western Digital clone backup I purchased for some reason failed in storage say) and then use the original purchased Acronus DVD to facilitate transfer of the image file off the external drive and onto the new blank internal drive, or is the "bootable media disk" that acronos can create needed, what is its point and does it contain the image file thereby negating the need for the external HD with image file LoLÂ… Thanks 1 million guys! Sorry for the long post!

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