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  1. icemn45

    icemn45 Thread Starter

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    i'd like to make a backup / recovery disk for my pc. a failsafe so to speak. i have an e-machines model 2895. it has a 2.8G processor, 512M RAM, 120 G hard drive (about 40% full) windows xp home edition. i don't want to go the external hard drive back-up route. is there any easy / inexpensive way to do this? is norton ghost an option, and if so , is it any good, or are there other/ better ways to go? thx in advance
     
  2. mphair

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    by "i don't want to go the external hard drive back-up route." do you mean to say "no extra harddrives?" cause an internal harddrive is an excellent rout to go for backing up. I believe that norton ghost makes an exact copy of one harddrive to another, so you would either need to partition your drive(that's just a guess...partitions might not even work, and for backup reasons it probably isnt the best idea since if the HD dies you'll lose both partitions), or buy a new drive.
    -mphair
     
  3. JohnWill

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    Acronis True Image is a better option than GHOST IMO. You also don't need to allocate a complete partition to your backup, since with either product you can backup the bootable partition/drive to a compressed image file. FWIW, I believe the external disk is the superior backup option for several reasons.

    When you aren't using it, it can be turned off, thus totally protecting the contents from any possible malware/virus corruption.

    If the P/S should fail and take out any internal hard disks, you'd still have your backup.

    USB/Firewire disks are portable, so you can take your backup with you, or use the disk to transfer files to friends/family.
     
  4. icemn45

    icemn45 Thread Starter

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    thx for the quick reply. i just clicked on the acronis link, and it looks great. just what i need / want. but i alaso see ur point with the external disk being superior. are there any usb/firewire disks you can recommend? this is something i'd like to do asap. thankyou again.
     
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    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    What I do when I want an external disk is buy an enclosure and stick a standard IDE drive into it, it's cheaper. Here's a sample of what I'm talking about: http://www.dealsonic.com/stpmidetousb.html

    Also, www.newegg.com usually has Acronis True Image for around $30 for a downloaded purchase, just search on Acronis.
     
  6. icemn45

    icemn45 Thread Starter

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    this looks like an excellent plan at the right price. you've covered all the angles. THANKYOU for the quick reply and all of the information.:)
     
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    You're welcome. :)
     
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