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Backing Up To External Hard Drive


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#1 missmuffit47

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 01:42 PM

Hi all

I have bought an external hard drive Seagate 250 GB, I have backed up my hard drive to it and made a rescue disk. I also have a trial version of Acronis, my question is do I need Acronis? as the software that was supplied with the Seagate hard drive backed up my drive with no other software involved.

This maybe a stupid question but this is the first time I have done this, I learned the hard way when I had to reinstall all my programmers and software after a PC crash.

Any help gratefully received.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:03 PM

The Seagate externals come with their own backup software (I saw one of these 2 weeks ago), so there's no real reason to use another program...if you are satisfied with the backups produced by the Seagate software.

I suggest that you become very familiar with what it does, how it does it...and what it won't do that you might like it to do.

Then you can make a decision that is intelligent.

You know (or maybe you don't)...XP comes with a backup program but many of us choose not to use it. Not because it doesn't do the job, but because of the way that we want the job done or options which are not part of the NTBackup program.

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:07 PM

Did you backup your harddrive, or did you image it?
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:45 PM

hamluis
Thanks, no I did not know that XP has backup program (maybe could have saved some money lol)
I do intend to become familar with the software, I dont want a repeat of the last PC problems, I have now learned a lesson.

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I backed up my drive, what is the difference between that and imaging?

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:03 PM

http://www.cmsproducts.com/press_details.asp?ArticleID=62

Is this what came with your drive?

FYI: http://disk-imaging-software-review.topten...ht-for-you.html

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:50 PM

Oh dear

Looks like I bought wrong product. No hamluis....I just looked ot product info and cannot see any mention of Bounce back, and I looked at the article you sent and looks like I only got something to backup my files NOT hard drive as I wanted.

I have acronis is it possible to copy hard drive via that software or has this just been a waste of money ?
The model I bought is ST302504FDA1e1-RK. I might be able to return Seagate to Maplins?
If you have any suggetions I may have to get back here tomorrow (babysitting)
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:02 PM

If you've got Acronis True Image, you can use that to image your drive, and backup your personal files.
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