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Backup to external hard drive.


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#1 michael-m

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 07:41 AM

I've tried Ubuntu from a cd, and decided to do do a full install alongside XP.

I've backed up my HD to an external HD.

I wanted to see if I had a good backup, so tried to boot up from the external HD - but my screen just goes blanc.

Start/my compter/e-drive shows that I have a backup file - if I click on that, the backup/restore wizzard opens. Not sure I want to restore - i just want to check all my data is safe.

How can I check that all my data is safe on the external HD before proceeding with the Linux install?

Thanks.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 09:48 AM

What software did you use to back up the XP install?
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Posted 01 January 2012 - 10:03 AM

The XP backup tool.

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 08:19 PM

i don't believe there is a way to verify the backup using the tool other than by restoring it on a computer which isn't very helpful. Also remeber that when using ntbackup you would have to re-installwindows before you could restore the backup which is time consuming. The better bet is to use an imaging program. Most can verify the back up as part of the image creation. Also you can browse the image without having to restore it and re-install directly to a blank machine without need for the OS. There are several free alternatives that BC members have used in the past. I use Acronis which while it isn't free is a great program.
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Posted 02 January 2012 - 06:42 AM

I'm afraid what you are trying to do isn't possible.

Unlike an image file which you can explore, it isn't possible to "check" the contents of a standard Windows back file. Restoring it is the only way.
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