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#1 ErnieO


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Posted 05 September 2008 - 10:38 AM

I own a Dell Dimension E510. I have a 250GIG hard drive and just added a 640 GIG hard drive. My OS is Microsoft XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 2. I want to back up the old 250 to the new 640 using Windows Backup Software. Will this OS back itself up so that if the 250 crashed I'd have the current OS on the new 640?

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#2 arcman


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Posted 05 September 2008 - 12:38 PM

The Windows ntbackup program isn't so much a direct drive copy tool or image backup program as it is an incremental backup program. It's more for making backups of selected files than for transplanting an entire OS onto a new drive. For this you're better served with a program like Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image. There are a handful of free programs that can pull this off also, although they require certain amount of computer knowledge to use.

If you'd like, Acronis is offering True Image Home 2009 as a free download. This is beta software, meaning software that may not be fully stable in some cases. Use at your own discretion.
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