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#1 Demon Cleaner

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 03:00 AM

hi.i have about 80 gig on a back up hardrive and was wondering what was the best way to back that up as i have nearly just lost all that!
i have heard of progs that make an image(iso?0 of the hard drive.
anyone know any more about this??

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Posted 04 February 2007 - 09:22 AM

There are several progs that can create a backup image of a hard drive's data, but they don't make an ISO, they use there own proprietary format so you will need to use the same prog to access any files on that backup image.

The two most popular are "Norton Ghost"
http:\\www.symantec.com

and "Acronis True Image"
http:\\www.acronis.com

You will need to have at least 60Gb spare drive space on which to create and store the image as that will be the approximate size of a compressed image file from a full 80Gb disk. It should ideally be on a separate physical drive not your system drive, since if your system drive should fail your backup image file will also be lost. That's less likely to happen on a separate drive which isn't reading and writing all day long.

Edited by pip22, 04 February 2007 - 09:27 AM.


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Posted 04 February 2007 - 12:43 PM

And with Acronis (I don't know Norton) you can make the image, or even parts thereof, direct to a CD. ( That would be an Acronis image - not an iso.)

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Posted 05 February 2007 - 08:30 AM

Use an "image" program if you want an exact copy of the disk.
Use a "backup" program if you want an exact copy of the files.
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Posted 10 February 2007 - 04:33 AM

I think that backup programs are better because they save some hdd space. As for particular backup program I'd recommend you True Image.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 07:11 AM

Here's a tutorial on how to use Cobian Backup, to backup your partition, or hard drive:
How to backup and restore your data using Cobian Backup

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 10:15 AM

Generally, you don't need an imaging program if you're not concerned where the files end up when they're restored (this usually isn't an issue unless you're working with some of the system files - such as the boot sector of a disk, or maybe even the pagefile).

Most good backup programs have a good compression utility built into them.

Finally, programs like Acronis True Image are starting to blur the distinction between imaging and backup. Their current offerings will allow you to backup using the imaging utility. The main issue with imaging your hard drive was that the file was so large. This prevented regular imaging because of the storage space that it took up.
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