Posted 16 January 2006 - 10:32 AM
You can use the Backup function in XP to do this (but I don't have any experience with it).
Since you've got 27 gB of data and no backup - let me tell you a story about my problems. I was replacing my primary hard drive (had just got a new Raptor SATA drive). Didn't need to backup my secondary drive with 3 years worth of data (an 80 gB drive that was nearly full).
So, I installed the new drive, booted up, and the secondary drive was gone! 3 years worth of work had vanished. I tried all the recovery options and nothing worked. I could spend $600 to $1800 to pay a recovery service to recover it - if I was wealthy! So, now it's a paperweight on my desk!
Oh, and another story: I was repartitioning my new secondary drive in preparation for putting my swap file on it (I'd replaced the old secondary drive with another Raptor). The program froze in the middle of repartitioning the drive.
Once again, everything was lost! I was able to use a free recovery utility to recover the info - but it was too darned confusing for me to work it effectively. So, I spent the money on GetDataBack in order to recover it ($80 for the NTFS recover tool; $120 for the NTFS and FAT32 bundle).
The point of all this being that a few bucks for another drive or a utility to do this for you will beat the cost of recovering it once you've lost it (and there's no assurance that you'll even be able to recover it)!
It's your data - and your choice!
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