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how to/ should i backup entire disk?


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#1 heath-mcintire

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 07:42 PM

So I'm headed off to college next year and have started looking at ways to save my files in case something happens. I purchased a 4 yr Crashplan+ plan, which I now use to automatically backup my entire user folder. I also automatically backup the same info (pics, music, and docs mainly) to two external hard drives onsite. I really want to know if that is all I need to back up? Should I worry about backing up the entire hard drive, if so whats a good free program to do so? Thanks for you help.

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 06:02 AM

So I'm headed off to college next year and have started looking at ways to save my files in case something happens. I purchased a 4 yr Crashplan+ plan, which I now use to automatically backup my entire user folder. I also automatically backup the same info (pics, music, and docs mainly) to two external hard drives onsite. I really want to know if that is all I need to back up? Should I worry about backing up the entire hard drive, if so whats a good free program to do so? Thanks for you help.


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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:12 AM

Windows 7

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 10:32 AM

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Click Start | Control Panel | Backup and Restore. Better to use either an external HD or a secondary internal hard drive rather than DVDs because you'll need about four of them. Then follow instructions on screen. It's also wise to create a System Image which can be used to restore Windows to the state it was in when you created the backup. You'll see the option to create one the first time you make a backup. The System Image is contained in a folder called "WindowsDiskImage" by default.

If you get stuck, have a look at this Microsoft site which includes video instructions: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Back-up-your-programs-system-settings-and-files

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:39 PM

<<Should I worry about backing up the entire hard drive, if so whats a good free program to do so?>>

Backing up an entire drive is a matter of personal choice by user...IMO, it saves time and effort if the backups are timely, since it doesn't require reinstallation of all programs and the O/S.

In addition to the previously mentioned Win 7 backup capability, you might take a look at Macrium Refled .

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:54 PM

So I'm headed off to college next year and have started looking at ways to save my files in case something happens. I purchased a 4 yr Crashplan+ plan, which I now use to automatically backup my entire user folder. I also automatically backup the same info (pics, music, and docs mainly) to two external hard drives onsite. I really want to know if that is all I need to back up? Should I worry about backing up the entire hard drive, if so whats a good free program to do so? Thanks for you help.


Macrium reflect is good, but todo backup free is excellent, like the commercial "Acronis" todo offers a bootable linux rescue disc that you can make (widows) backups, images, and restores from a cd. Really good freeware

Edited by compostery, 09 May 2012 - 10:01 PM.





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