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Backup Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by swampmonster, Sep 18, 2004.

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  1. swampmonster

    swampmonster Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a Dell 4400 running XP. I had a hard drive failure and lost everything. It has taken several days to reload a new drive. What is the best way to back up the entire c drive? Should I buy an exra drive or zip drive. I don't know much about hardware. I just want an easy way to rebuild a drive if my new one fails and of course, not loose all my personal files again.

    My computer won't even recognize the original drive. Any suggestions on how I might retrieve some of my lost files? I'm assuming it's a lost cause but I'd like to retrieve my digital picutures if possible.


    TIA!
     
  2. ranger007

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    I bought an external USB hard drive and only use it to backup files I don't want to lose. And, if need be, it's portable and can be used with other computers.
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I second the USB and/or Firewire external disk, I have a bunch of them in use here. They're reliable, portable, and more immune from damage than a backup that you leave on-line all the time.
     
  4. Jakbrud

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    I am not a fan of backup software. I personally just backup my important data to a cdr once a month. Its important to keep the backup in a safe location AWAY from your home (work, school, etc.)
     
  5. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I backup my source files and documents every day, and I take an image of my O/S once a week. I have DVD-RW backups that I keep with me that get updated about once a week. I couldn't live with once a month...
     
  6. Tumbleweed36

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    Hi,

    I have a second internal hard drive that I use Norton Ghost on once a week. Then if one fails, I simply change cables and have my original files ready to boot. Oh, you can pick up a copy of Norton Ghost 2003 on Ebay for usually less than ten bucks with shipping.

    I would also suggest that you put this drive that failed as a slave in your computer and see if you can retrieve your original files.
     
  7. swampmonster

    swampmonster Thread Starter

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    OK. Sounds like getting an external disk (USB) is the way to go. I looked at the Maxtor One Touch 120 GB drive but the description says that it backs up data. Are there any external drives that I can use to back up the entire system (os, drivers, software, etc)? Do I need to buy an external drive and software (ie. Norton Ghost) to get an image of the whole disk? It has been such a pain loading a disk from scratch...I never want to do it again. :) Thanks for you help.
     
  8. JohnWill

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    Norton GHOST or Acronis True Image will both save/restore a boot image to your USB/Firewire drive. The partition image is better than cloning the partition IMO, because it only takes up the space needed for a compressed image, and it's just a file on the disk until you need to restore it. You can also explore the image and extract individual file(s) if you desire.
     
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