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#1 mikem3

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 04:32 AM

Good Morning,

 

I am running XP Pro and like all XP users, I am now a bit

concerned about the no support or security updates.

 

So I bought a Seagate back-up system, it is an external

disc that will hold 1TB of data.

 

What do Back-Up systems save, is it only non-system

files, or do they save a clone of the HDD?

 

I would like to get Windows 7, but I don't want to lose

all my Documents & Pictures.

 

Thank you for reading this and hopefully clearing my

mind as to what it, the back-up, does.

 

Mike.



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 07:00 AM

I suggest you create an image of your hard drive using either Acronis True Image (not free) or Macrium Reflect (free) to the external drive. You can do this on a regular bases, keeping the most current 1 or 2 images. This is your best means of insuring that ALL data and files on your hd are safely backed up and can be accessed and/or restored as needed.



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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:12 PM

Thank you Allan for your advice.

 

If I do that will I not be also saving the XP?

 

I would really like to keep the programmes and the

"My Documents" file, but not the XP as I have the

XP Disc.

 

Mike.



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 06:24 AM

Yes, you would be taking a snapshot of the system so it could be restored "as is" at a later date. That would include the OS.

 

However, the programs do allow for the backup and/or recovery of individual files or folders. You might want to download Macrium or a trial version of Acronis and take a look.


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Posted 01 August 2014 - 08:55 AM

Just a point of clarity...the only way that you can "save" the programs installed...is to either do a backup or clone of the XP O/S.

 

If you have the CD/DVDs, downloads of the programs installed...then you have the capability to reinstall those again after a clean install of XP with your disk.

 

You cannot save installed programs in isolation from XP...the programs need XP to be useful and saving the programs in isolation...is not really even possible once they are installed.  Programs can be reinstalled if you have the original installation files saved somewhere.

 

You can save documents, pictures, data files without saving XP...but you cannot save installed programs and move them to a new O/S installation...unless you have the original installation media/files by which you installed these programs on XP.

 

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Posted 01 August 2014 - 10:43 AM

Thank you both for your suggestions.

I will have a look at Acronis & Macrium and see what I think I can do.

 

Back-up is something we sort of know about, but it is never really

explained properly, it backs up files we know, in case of future problems,

I think. The one I have continually back stuff up as I am working at the PC,

this tells me that it is saving what I am doing and keeping the back-up

current, which led to my initial question.

 

In another forum, not to do with computers, though there is a computer

section in it, I read where one man says that to keep his PC clean and fast

running, every month, he re-instals his O/S and then puts the backed up

files back on to the hard disc, this led me to believe that the back-up only

saves non system files.

 

Thanks again for your help.

 

Mike.



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Posted 01 August 2014 - 11:00 AM

I can't tell you to be careful about believing that there is "truth" or "logic" behind every comment made by anyone on the Internet...just remember that the Internet provides a world-wide speaking platform for anyone of any age with enough sense to do a few things on computers which provide pictures :).  There is no direct correlation between the ability to post...and the testing of such.

 

What one person does...or even a million persons...is really of no consequence, when you consider the world population.

 

If you see something and it approaches "common sense" or "makes sense" to you...give it due credit.  But don't try to interpret such as a "universal" that can apply across the board to every computer user online or who posted something in 1998 that makes no sense today.

 

"Back-up" is a generic term for a process/procedure...with the intent of providing a user system access when something unforeseen happens to the system.  The plans employed by each user...are variable in nature and there is no "right" or "wrong" way to backup, since what/how/when depend on the user.

 

Louis






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