Solved copy the c drive to an external hard drive

March 22, 2012 at 06:08:31
Specs: Windows XP
How do I (in one operation) copy my HP Pavillion "C" drive with Windows XP over to a Toshiba Canvio 320 external hard drive??? It would seem that this must be a simple operation.

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March 22, 2012 at 18:45:08
"What would be the use of this copy operation?"

I was going to ask something similar. What would be the point of copying the entire C: partition to an external?



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March 22, 2012 at 12:27:05
No, it isn't simple because certain files in the C: drive are constantly changing and some are not normally accessible, so you end up getting errors & the process doesn't complete. There are programs like Acronis and Norton Ghost that will give you images of your drive, which is what I'm guessing you are looking to achieve, there are also a number of freeware solutions, but I have not used any particular one so cannot comment on their suitability. Do a Google search for 'disk imaging software' to see what you can choose from.

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#2
March 22, 2012 at 15:53:08
Google for the free version of Macrium Reflect. This programme will do what you want.

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#3
March 22, 2012 at 17:13:06
What would be the use of this copy operation?

If you want to make an snapshot of the current drive, then you should use ntbackup with system state.

If you want an image then many many ways exist. Generally as above you boot to some live cd or usb. Only programs that use live state can do any real copy live. Some are out there like ntbackup.

You can clone to a file too or folder. Free clonezilla and redobackup work usually. G4U is a good tool. Partimage and any form of dd should work.

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#4
March 22, 2012 at 17:22:12
Because Windows is running many files won't shift by using a simple copy.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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March 22, 2012 at 18:45:08
✔ Best Answer
"What would be the use of this copy operation?"

I was going to ask something similar. What would be the point of copying the entire C: partition to an external?


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#6
March 22, 2012 at 19:27:43
Thanks for all the info. The problem here is you are dealing with a 75 year old grey hair who is not "into" this stuff very deeply. I had (it turns out) a naive notion that by copying the ENTIRE C drive to the external hard drive I would be sure to get a copy of EVERYTHING which would include ALL the data type files I wouldn't want to lose in case of a failure to the installed hard drive.

I wasn't really aware that this would ALSO include all the system operating files and that seems to be the problem.

It seems that in order to do what I set out to do in the first place I'm going to have to "rummage around" and pick out the particular data files I want to save and copy them.... one at a time... to the external drive.... a much more laborious job.

So be it!!!!

Again.... thanks for the responses..... everyone!!!!!


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#7
March 23, 2012 at 08:31:32
You don't have to 'rummage around' too much. Most of what you want is in the 'Documents and Settings' folder under each username, so you just go there & select the relevant folders that you want to keep backed up. The only other bits are things like your desktop folder, which is still under 'documents and settings' and your emails which are, admittedly, a bit more hidden depending on what email program you use.

Also, if you use Windows backup, or any other backup utility then you just need to make the selection once and then set it to back up at a regular interval.

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#8
March 23, 2012 at 10:47:09
Comodo Backup is good. You even get 5GB free cloud storage.

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#9
March 23, 2012 at 12:38:35
To johnr...

Your suggestion worked great!!! I was able to copy 95% of what I wanted to save over to the external drive in 20 minutes or so.

Just to give you an idea of how antiquated some of it is..... There are hundreds of engineering algorithms (thermo, fluid flow, etc) I use quite often that I wrote years ago.... IN BASIC!!!. I've had them backed up on a whole bunch of 3-1/2" floppies until now.

Thank you again


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#10
March 23, 2012 at 12:39:52
You have the best way already. It is NTBACKUP.

XP pro puts it on by default. XP home has you installing it from the CD. Use it with system state choice. It is the best way to save data. (well , one of the best ways.)

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