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Multi-computer backup

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#1 RF_artist


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 12:44 PM

Currently there are 3 laptops in the family:
XP machine with a 40GB HDD
Vista machine with a 320GB HDD
Win7 machine with a 500GB HDD

I would like to purchase an external USB 1TB HDD, partition it into three partitions, and use it to create images or clones of each of these three machines as a method of backing them up.

Is this a possible/practical way of doing backups? What would be my best bet for easy to use software for this (preferrable freeware) that would run under all three OS's? Opinions on which external hard drive to get?


edit: Would 'Redo Backup and Restore' work with three separate partions on an external drive?

Edited by RF_artist, 23 May 2011 - 04:55 PM.

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#2 Bulldawg23


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Posted 25 May 2011 - 09:31 PM

I would create a base image of each PC using Norton Ghost or Acronis and then backup the My Documents/Libraries folders periodically(every week or month or so) using scheduled backups with a free backup software like Cobian.

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