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External Hard Drive & Disk Imaging basics

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hambone, May 3, 2010.

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  1. hambone

    hambone Thread Starter

    Aug 13, 2004
    I have a Dell Vostro laptop running Windows XP Home SP/3. I use it for business (ACT database, Oulook, Word, XL, web surfing) and only a little personal use. It is not loaded with junk and I intentionally keep it very lean/clean to minimize possibility of tech headaches that could get in the way of business. I backup data to a flash drive, but having had a hard drive crash several years ago know that data back-up is but a fraction of the issue. The time it takes to reload software is a pain. So, having read many posts here am preparing to buy an external hard drive for back up. I have also read about imaging and that I can recreate my environment via that path. All that sounds excellent, except I don't know how to create a boot disk, what drive to buy, what software to use for the imaging piece, and how to keep it all VERY simple. By the way, I boubght this laptop in Dec. 2007 and have only used 20GB of a 100GB hard drive. That may go up as we bought a new camera that has digital video and I will be using the hard drive to store those images as well. Suggestions, step-by-step stuff, warnings, etc. would all be a tremendous help.

  2. TekTime


    Sep 21, 2009
    I would recommend that you purchase "Acronis True Image Home 2010."
    It is a very user friendly program that is pretty simple to use for someone not experienced in backup and imaging. You could create an image of your hard drive (cloning) on a regular basis (weekly etc), and use that image (ISO) to restore your hard drive back to the "original" condition in case of a disaster. You'll only need a second drive with ample space to save the image to.

    It's also great for when you decide that you want to increase your disk space by purchasing a bigger hard drive.

    If you need any assistance using it, I'm sure we could assist you here. Once you have made a couple of images of your hard drive, you will get the hang of it!

    I have included a link to the PDF manual....best regards!

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