Posted 21 January 2010 - 08:56 PM
Thank you, Hamluis, Stang777, ReviverSoft and ThunderZ for your helpful responses.
I tried hard to formulate the question carefully but I see that I did not make it absolutely clear. However, I think you have given me the answer, anyway.
1. I am creating a C-partition to hold the Windows operating system and all my programs
and a D-partition for all my data.
2. All backups will be saved on an external hard drive for safety, as you recommend
3. The question is: should the backup of data on the external drive consist of a copy of all the files in the D-partition
or an image of the D-partition.
4. I can see why I would need a bootable image of the C-partition, because that holds the Windows operating system.
You have already steered me in a previous post, Hamluis, to software (PING) that can create an image of a partition (bootable if appropriate).
But in the case of the D-partition (data), is it better to create an image or simply to copy the files?
5. From your suggestions, it seems that an image of the data partition confers no particular advantage and it is better to copy the files.
Therefore my understanding is:
that (i) for the C-partition, I should write an image to the external hard drive (or DVDís)
but (ii) for the D-partition, I should just copy all files to the external hard drive.
Thanks once again for your helpful comments. Iím hoping that one day, I may be able to contribute to other peopleís questions,
but Iím not there yet.