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#1 JH&A

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 10:24 AM

Hello! Other discussions on this forum were very helpful in my first purchase of an external hard drive. I purchased the Maxtor One Touch 4 250 GB and successfully backed up files. The problem is that I thought this product also came with SafetyDrill, software to recover the internal drive contents and operating system. Unfortunately, that's only included with other models.

I have a bit more knowledge than a beginner, but if my computer would completely crash because of age or a virus I would probably need extensive tutoring or have to pay a professional to get it running again. I have a Dell desktop, almost 4 years old, a good firewall and anti-spyware/virus programs and use the computer mostly for home finances and digital photos. So the possibility of this happening is on the low side.

I downloaded the Disk Wizard software from Seagate in an attempt to back up the operating system but this is new territory for me and the terms used are confusing. Can anyone offer an opinion if backing up the internal drive and OS is overkill based on my family's limited reliance on this computer? Is this task too advanced for someone of limited knowledge? If you think it is prudent to back up the OS, is there an easier tool than Disk Wizard?

Thanks in advance!

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 12:04 PM

IMO...the best tool for doing backups for the user who wants minimum fuss/irritation...is a disk-imaging program, such as Acronis True Image or what is now called Symantec Ghost.

I don't use Acronis or Ghost because I still have a program I acquired in 2001 which works well with XP..if I didn't have it, I would probably go with True Image.

http://www.tech-faq.com/disk-imaging.shtml

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...Inc.-_-32200004

It's a lot cheaper and less frustrating to have at least one good disk image...than taking your system in to a local shop for items which you yourself can correct or overcome.

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Edited by hamluis, 27 July 2008 - 12:05 PM.


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Posted 27 July 2008 - 02:39 PM

That makes sense. Thank you!

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Posted 27 July 2008 - 03:03 PM

Easily done :thumbsup:.

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