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Old 05-27-04, 12:23 PM
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Tips for backing up a hard drive?

Ok so after my hard drive took a major dump last week, and I lost everything, I decided I'd better make a backup just in case.

What is the best program to use? How often should the drive be backed up? What media is best to use?

Any advice is welcome
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Old 05-27-04, 01:11 PM
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Partition a drive in to two parts:
1 for OS
2 for Data
You can remap things like "My Documents" to a folder on the Data drive. Usually when a virus or OS crashes it won't effect the Data Partition. Also it makes it easier to backup just the data section.

For backup/image I love Norton Ghost.
I backup my OS partition every now and then. I backup my Data partition onto DVDs every month or two.

Create a boot CD with Ghost on it, using PEbuilder
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
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Old 05-27-04, 02:26 PM
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damn I need to backup my 60GB HD (with 10GB free) to some DVDs quick!! And it's not even partitioned
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Old 05-27-04, 02:31 PM
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Check all your mirrors and your blindspots.
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Originally posted by Groucho
Check all your mirrors and your blindspots.
Thanks! No crashes thanks to your advice!

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Old 05-27-04, 04:07 PM
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Originally posted by breaux124
Partition a drive in to two parts:
1 for OS
2 for Data
You can remap things like "My Documents" to a folder on the Data drive. Usually when a virus or OS crashes it won't effect the Data Partition. Also it makes it easier to backup just the data section.

For backup/image I love Norton Ghost.
I backup my OS partition every now and then. I backup my Data partition onto DVDs every month or two.

Create a boot CD with Ghost on it, using PEbuilder
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
I have a 120 gig hdd, and it's partitioned into two drives (one is HP recovery, which seems pointless since I have recovery CD's in case I need them) so how would I go about doing it?

How do you partition a drive?
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Old 05-27-04, 07:03 PM
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I have a removable hard drive that I use weekly to back up all of my documents, e-mails, photos, music, program downloads, IE favorites, Outlook pst files, etc. It just slides in/out and makes it easy to restore in the case of a problem. I keep it in a fireproof safe.

I occasionally format my main drive and reinstall my OS (WinXP Pro) and all other programs. I recently got the free MS security update CD and have it backed up on the removable drive too. Makes for a painless restore/cleanup.

I have several drives that I bought on special & have been considering getting a firewire drive enclosure as well. I've only lost "everything" one time in 10 years. I'm paranoid I guess, with the redundency.

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Old 05-28-04, 12:12 AM
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I need like a walkthrough of what to do, god I am so clueless
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Old 05-28-04, 08:29 PM
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Anyone else have some tips?
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Old 05-28-04, 08:32 PM
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I would check out Dantz Retrospect. This has to be the best software out there.
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Originally posted by TheKobra
I would check out Dantz Retrospect. This has to be the best software out there.
I think I am going to try Ghost.
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Old 05-30-04, 08:40 AM
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Originally posted by breaux124
Partition a drive in to two parts:
1 for OS
2 for Data
I recommend going a step further: one drive for the OS and a second drive for the data. Plus you have the added benefit of a faster system (assuming you need to access both drives at the same time).

If the OS drive is big enough you could make a backup of the data drive to it.

I use FileBack PC to automate backups.
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Originally posted by breaux124
Partition a drive in to two parts:
1 for OS
2 for Data
You can remap things like "My Documents" to a folder on the Data drive. Usually when a virus or OS crashes it won't effect the Data Partition. Also it makes it easier to backup just the data section.
That's just what I do. If I want to reinstall Windows I can just format C:\.

Nickdawgy, you might want to look into Partition Magic, as it allows you to move your partitions around and resize them without losing data. It's not free though-I think it costs around $80.

Also, friends don't let friends drink and format.
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