how do i back up mywinXPpro?

May 12, 2009 at 04:58:20
Specs: Windows XP
I need to back up my windows XP p;rofessional operating system so i can put in a new hard drive. i am unable to find my origianal installation disk but was able to find the product key because it is labled on top of my computer for reference. How do i back my operating system up from waht is already installed in my computer? please someone help me if my drive crashes then i h9ave lost everything and if I domt back my operating system up then i gb drive!!!!cannot replace my old 20 GB drive with my new

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May 12, 2009 at 05:18:04
Your new drive should contain software that will allow you to copy the old one to the new one.


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May 12, 2009 at 05:48:05
Really, Don't try to put your worries over on us if you lose everything...It is not our fault and I for one am getting extremely tired of it. Just ask the question and leave your hysterics and drama to play with your GF/BF.

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May 12, 2009 at 06:04:06
Why do you want to replace the old 20GB drive? If it is because of storage space you need to be aware that a new drive may not work if it is not compatible with your BIOS.

If the computer originally came with the 20GB drive then chances are it is NOT 48 bit LBA compatible. That means you wouldn't be able to use a hard drive with a capacity larger than 127GB.

This brings us to the real concern. You have been playing with fire if you haven't been creating any backups of your personal information. If that is the case then IMO the FIRST order of business is to back up those personal files.

If you have an optical drive that is capable of writing to CDR or DVDR then burn ALL your irreplaceable data to disk before trying anything else.

You provided virtually no specs on your computer as required by this site so I can't really advise you how to proceed any further than that without more info.

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May 12, 2009 at 06:20:56
Seagate have a disk utility, which you can use to clone the drive.

Or the manufacturer of the new hard disk will have one.

Backup, & backup regularly

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May 12, 2009 at 09:27:25
Or... get yourself a copy of something like Acronis True Image. If posible get version 11; as it covers many earlier OS too... Next version is usually OK although one or two seem to have minor issues using it?

The util (has clear and simple how to on-screen instructions) allows you to create a full image of your drive at any time; and you can easily restore it to the drive as needs-be; and also to a replacement drive - which then requires a small tweak to make it all work...

But first... as suggested/advised by OtH... copy off all your important (all the "I don't want to lose those files stuff...) to optical media. Verify too that they are accessible/readable both on the parent system an ideally one other...? Then set about learning how to back-up (create an image) of your system as is...; it's easy to do and often a better option than a standard restore CD approach. The latter usually sets everything back to way it was when you took delivery... and not always what you'd want...?

Having your own "customised/tailored" image means you can set it back (restore it) to the way "you" like it to be; with all those additional apps/utils there as well...

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May 12, 2009 at 10:46:15
Yes, definitely get Acronis and back up the drive to DVD discs.

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May 12, 2009 at 13:02:00
Consider using what Jennifer SUMN suggested.

Other ways include MS's NTbackup and restore with System State. Any xp install would work then.

Other choices are image software. G4U partimage, ghost, acronis, linux live cd's with cat or dd would work.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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May 12, 2009 at 13:25:09
Jeffiner's suggestion is laudable - and viable as long as one has the "new" drive before the current (old) one is still operating OK...?

If one gets the new drive and the old one hath already died its death... then no-way one can use bundled software to copy old drive to new?

But using Acronis or other similar utils (as listed below by "jefro") would allow one to make that all important image - ahead of disasters. And thus have it ready to transfer/copy/install to a new drive if/when needs-be?

And again well ahead of any anticipated disaster... make those copies (to optical media) of all that data etc. one would not wish to lose...; and renew/update etc. regularly...?

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May 12, 2009 at 23:27:18
And yet we still haven't heard from the OP.

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May 13, 2009 at 04:56:58
mmm... as is so often the case...?

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