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Backing Up A Partitioned Hdd


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#1 spree

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 12:55 PM

Apologies if this is in the wrong section

I have a 160gb HDD split into four partitions, all NTFS. Two are sub 10gb and hold XP and Office, the other two are larger, one holds my itunes library and the accompanying software and the other holds pretty much everything else

If i were to back them up, would i need four separate HDDs or could they all be backed up to one larger drive?

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#2 Wassim

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 01:36 PM

You need a large drive and not 4 different ones and u can create in the backup drive 4 different folders, probably the software you will use for backup will handle this.

Of course you may use 4 different drives but its totally unnecessary and the cost unjustified.

If i was you:

i Would get A 250 GB external HD
Select a software for backup or use the one Provided with the OS.
This software will allow me to backup the 4 Partitions into 1 External Drive.

and if u have large files like Videos for example that you don't need to access every minute you can store them on the backup drive and save the space on your PC.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:05 AM

Backup your personal data files & Itunes music only. Dont backup the entire thing, its a waste of time

Lets say your hard drive fails a year from now. You will then need to install Windows from an original cd & reinstall all the software. You wont be able to just restore your entire backup.
Remember, when you install a program it makes entries into the registry and updates files etc. If you just restore your backup those entries wont be there & the programs wont work.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:18 AM

You might also consider creating an "Image" of each partition (or drive). I do that about once a month, as it will restore everything (even the OS) in the event that your HD dies. It is equivalent to backing up.

The 2 programs I have used are True Image by Acronis and Ghost by Symantec. The entire image can take about 15-20 minutes to burn and you can then transfer that to a safe place.

Good luck.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:58 AM

I agree with Eysee, back up your personal data, not the whole thing.
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 12:23 PM

Disk imaging software is probably the way to go...if you have a lot of files (e.g., video/music/graphics) which you don't have duped somewhere.

Programs such as those mentioned by Rigacci...allow users to take a "snapshot" of everything on the system...and to access it any time, for any reason, in the future. And it eliminates the need to reinstall the O/S, Windows updates, programs, and reactivate. You can also retrieve individual files of any type from a disk image, at any time.

Users often use "backup" and "image" in the same manner, as you will find if you do a Google search.

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Edited by hamluis, 22 February 2008 - 12:29 PM.





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