Automated System Recovery help

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March 27, 2009 at 14:25:58
Specs: XP pro & Vista home, 512
Hi, I have a question about using ASR on Windows XP... I have Norton Partition Magic on my pc and changed the size of my backup drive to a smaller size today. Once it completed and I was closing out of Partition Magic a message came up asking me to redo an Automated System Recovery. My question deals with not having to loose the original ASR backup that I have which is almost 5GB in size. If I do another ASR it will more than likely remove my original ASR backup that I would like to keep (in case of problems I may have in the future). But, I need to know... if I don't do this new ASR "as requested" will I have problems trying to use my original ASR floppy since I changed the size of my backup drive from what it was when I did my first ASR backup? Any help is much appreciated. Thank You

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March 29, 2009 at 09:09:51
You original ASR backup will enable you to restore any computer from it as long as there's enough disk space.

If you do another one, it doesn't mean it will remove the original - you get to specify where to save the backup to - so just pick another location/file name. Many operations will ask you to redo stuff after a major system change.

btw - it sounds like you're storing your backup on a different partition of the SAME hard drive your system is on. If this is so, its a bad idea, as a disk failure would take both system and backup. Ideally should be on CD/DVD or external hard drive, but at least on a separate hard drive. Also, have you considered using software like Acronis True Image. Not free, but gives you much more flexibility than XP's built in options.

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