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Solved: Second internal drive for backup?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rbuck, Feb 23, 2013.

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  1. rbuck

    rbuck Thread Starter

    Feb 17, 2007
    I am currently using a Dell 8300 desktop with a 500gb sata hard drive. I run Windows 7 Home Premium. I use no more than 50 gb of the hard drive. I would like to have a backup of the whole drive including the operating system. In a primary hard drive failure I would like to boot from the 2nd drive. I have Acronis TRUE IMAGE 11 Home which I have never used.

    I thought about buying an 80 gb internal drive to use as backup. Any ideas or suggestions appreciated. I have sufficient skills (not used recently!) to install the 2nd drive and have an empty bay.

    Maybe an external drive would be better but can it be made bootable for system replacement?
  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    You can certainly clone your existing drive as a backup however IMO I would use acronis to make an image backup of your drive. In the event of drive failure, you simply boot with the acronis boot CD and restore the image [to your new or replacement drive]

    You can store multiple images on your backup drive so you can choose which one to use. When I do an install, I make an image of the clean install, drivers, etc. If I ever want to "clean install" again, it takes all of 5min or so to boot and restore the image. Clean install done.
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