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How To Create A Restore Disc In Xp


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#1 cartmansdad

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 02:56 AM

Hi

I have a new PC which was preinstalled with XP .

I am told I should really have the backup cd, but I dont and the shop has now gone out of business. I tried to backup using XP but it tells me to use floppies, I bought 10 but I only got about 10% of the way before I had used all 10. I have a dvd R but I dont get the option to create a backup/reload disc onto this format?

My HDD is only 40gb and the only things on it are internet connection and yahoo and a few small programs. I still have 35gb left?

What do I do?

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 08:43 AM

The easiest way to do this is with a disk imaging utility.

I understand that Digital Dolly will do this for free - but I have no experience with it. Also, the maker of the hard drive will have utilities for this purpose on their website (also for free).

I use a program called Acronis True Image ($50 US) that creates an image of my hard drive that I can restore at time.
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Posted 02 September 2006 - 10:13 PM

I have a dvd R but I dont get the option to create a backup/reload disc onto this format?


By dvd R, are you referring to your CD drive? If so, then you cannot burn CD's or DVD's on your drive. For that you need a read/write drive. You also need read/write CD's if you are going to put stuff on them.

Another option to use for back-up is thumb or flash drives. These plug into a USB port, and these drives are now available in 1GB or even larger size unlike the floppies which have a much smaller storage capacity. Additionally, thumb or flash drives are more durable than floppies.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 12:37 AM

You can find the Acronis for maybe as low as $30. Look on www.newegg.com and www.amazon.com.

I have Acronis, but I haven't been able to do the backup on DVD's. I just used a external hard drive. But absolutely get your system backed up.

Another though. There mignt be a partition on your HD that has the backup softwere for that pc, but since it's only 40 gig, probably not. They really should have given you a set of backup cd's, that's just standard.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 02:07 AM

if you want some info and some free options:

http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/backupandimage.shtml

good luck




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