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#1 GoTwins

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 02:42 PM

Hi

I know that Windows XP comes with a back up utility that backs up Documents and whatnot. But I'm kinda wondering if anyone here knows if thats sufficient...and how often they do it. Any other better programs out there?

Is it also possible to somehow save EVERYTHING, including programs and whatnot...?

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 08:29 PM

There are utilities like Acronis's True Image that you can use to maintain a back up for your system. It's funny that you should be writing this after explaining that you had previously deleted Norton's Ghost in another thread, it is the same type of utility.

For files and programs that you have downloaded you can always back these up on CDs.

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 08:54 PM

Well I'm just really confused about this whole backup thing. But hillbillygreek answered all of my questions, so this thread is kind of pointless.

I uninstalled Norton Ghost because the trial on it ended, so I couldn't use it. I looked around in Nero, and theres a Backitup utility, anyone know if that's a good one?

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 09:57 PM

I looked around in Nero, and theres a Backitup utility, anyone know if that's a good one?

I use that and find it very easy. You can just pick the files you want to backup if you don't want to do the whole lot.
Feel free to assume that I won't know what you are talking about...

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 10:35 PM

Just finished doing a full backup. Seemed to go smoothly...

Question is, it will restore programs I uninstalled correct? Like say I got rid of a program, and I restore it a few days later, it will be back correct?

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 01:58 AM

What I described to you was using the System Restore function. What that does is make a snapshot of specific system files & allows you to restore your system to a prior state from within the Windows operating system itself. Norton Ghost, Acronis true Image, & Windows Backup (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Backup) allow you to make backup copies or images to an outside source such as CD/DVD or an external drive, which are completely independent of the Windows operating system. With imaging/backup programs, you get to decide what you want to make a backup of. Read this tutorial-->How To Backup/Restore Your Data Using Cobain Backup. It describes how to make a backup & restore using the Cobain Backup program. Pay close attention to the Wikipedia articles on backups & images referred to in the tutorial.

Edited by hillbillygreek, 03 June 2007 - 02:42 AM.


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Posted 03 June 2007 - 03:13 AM

Ohhhh. It makes a lot more sense now. So much confusion for me over all of this.

Thanks hillbillygreek, been a savior for me :thumbsup:

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 04:23 PM

Check this link for free imaging utilities (they'll save your programs and OS): http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html
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