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Back Up My Files And Programs?


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#1 lkholt

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 02:47 PM

I have searched every where I can think of on my computer and can not find out how to back up all of my files and programs onto a seperate hard drive. Please advise! Thanks!

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 03:28 PM

Well...first question is: What software program do you intend to use to do this backup?

Backup Options - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/backup.htm

Using NTBackup in XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422

Windows XP Backup Made Easy - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/s...t_03july14.mspx

Once you decide what program, etc. you want to use, about the only thing to do is follow instructions for said program...and format the hard drive you intend to back up to (before starting the backup). Of course, the destination drive must be large enough to contain files backed up.

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 03:38 PM

Do you need your solution to back up the data, or be able to restore the entire OS as well?

If you need a simple solution to backup the files, please follow the instructions of the excellent post by hamluis preceding mine.

If you need to image your disk (i.e., the entire disk, including bootable os), you can use something like DriveImage XML, which is free. If you need additional features, such as incremental backup, differential backup, scheduling, and the ability to mount your backups as a drive letter, you might want to look at Acronis True Image.

I use true image, but my needs may be different than yours.

For most uses, I'd go with DriveImage XML.

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