back up of system

Amd / ATHLON 64
January 22, 2009 at 08:44:49
Specs: Windows 2000 XP professional sp2, amd athlon 64 processor 3000+ , 1.0gb ram
We bought a custom built computer from a business that was recommended to in August 2006 . We were completely computer illiterate so we got a system without recovery disks and no barcode on the tower . This gentleman has left the country I should add . The m/s is legal as we still get updates but our concern is the dreaded computer crash . Our personal info , photos , docs & music are on a external hd & added to regularly . Is there any way ( low cost or free as we are retired on pensions ) we can safely create an image or ghost of our system and programmes ?


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#1
January 22, 2009 at 08:51:21
There are lots of free drive backup tools which will back up your drive to a single file (or multiple files) which you can store elsewhere and restore from later. Check snapfiles.com or download.com.

There are also programs (such as xxclone) which will copy your entire hard drive to a second hard drive. If your computer dies, you can just take the backup drive and switch it with the drive in your computer. There is no restore process needed.

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#2
January 22, 2009 at 10:29:55
My recommendation would be Acronis or Ghost. They are well worth the cost for peace of mind, if nothing else. You can relax and not worry about hard drives crashing, viruses, etc. But you need to do regular backups.

FWIW to XP users: When you click on the 'Command Prompt' you are just causing the 'Command prompt' to be displayed. This prompt gives you access to NTVDM.EXE, the 'NT Virtual DOS Manager'.


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#3
January 22, 2009 at 13:49:45
Drives are so cheap these days, it might be worth getting an external USB/eSATA drive the same size as your hard drive, then using xxclone or a similar program to mirror your entire drive to the external drive. Then you have a whole backup if your hard drive mechanically fails, and you can also pick an chose files from it if you accidentally delete a file etc.

-Ryan Adams
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#4
January 23, 2009 at 11:57:06
Thanks for your advice , have checked the items mentioned . Currently plucking up the courage to start doing it . Wait for clear head on monday next .
JHC

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