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Full Backup On 2nd Hd

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by nmnerd505, Apr 23, 2004.

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  1. nmnerd505

    nmnerd505 Thread Starter

    Apr 23, 2004
    Hi, Im running XP pro and have 2 MAXTOR hard drives, one 80GB and the other is 30 (both are NTFS). Currently everything i have is on the 80 gb faster hard drive. If, in case it fails can i backup my current setup onto the 2nd HD AND be able to boot from it in case I have to??

  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    The best way to do such a backup would be with an image backup utility like Norton GHOST. Obviously, if the image won't fit onto the smaller drive, that creates a problem. :) GHOST will compress the files, but without knowing what else is on the machine, it's hard to say if this is a viable option.


    Jun 11, 2002
    In a word.........No.
    As johnwill said you can store an image of your 80gig drive on the 30gig drive but it will not be bootable. You have to "restore" the image to it's full size to make it work.

    You can have another working set-up on the other drive, but not an "image" of the main system. Until you run into space problems with the smaller drive you could have it nearly the same and run it as a dual boot. This will not "save" your original installation like an "image" would, but it would still function if you happened to somehow make the main drive unbootable.

    I suppose you could put the image onto an external drive first and then install that image to the second drive. You are still looking at a dual boot though with to fully functional OSes on the available drives. You are also needing additional hardware to make that happen. Then you would have space to save your images to externally anyway..........overly redundant.
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