Imaging External Hard Drive

June 3, 2009 at 14:42:14
Specs: Windows XP
I want to create an Image of my Hard Drive onto an external Hard Drive. Specs: Internal Hard Drive is 40G, External Hard Drive is 160G..My question is: can i image my internal hard drive to the external hard drive and still use my external hard drive to save other things? Thank you in Advance.

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June 3, 2009 at 14:55:07
Make folders on the external. That is what you should do anyway. Don't save file directly to the root directory. If you make a folder called image6309Cdrive then the next time you image name it in the same manner using the current date. Try to keep two images if you can. Make sure when setting up the image that you get the path correct to the folder you made.

You can also image to DVDR or CDR. Ghost and Acronis will span multiple disks. I use Ghost 2003 and the first disk of an image is boot able so you can restore directly from there.

With an external hard drive you would need to boot to the Ghost CD and then access the external that way. More chance of failure the more complicated things get.

You understand that most files will be compressed when imaging so they take less room. If you have your internal drive partitioned into multiple partitions as I always recommend you can image and restore each partition separately and the others will still be OK and will work.

All that said, imaging to the external is still better than not imaging at all.

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June 3, 2009 at 15:10:07
"I want to create an Image of my Hard Drive onto an external Hard Drive"

You can do that but you will not be able to boot this so what is the purpose? What you write is not about imaging to a file but image to disk.

"can i image my internal hard drive to the external hard drive and still use my external hard drive to save other things?"

If you have room presently then you would have room to save files to this external drive. If you desire you can expand the image to use the entire 160gig drive which will result in 120gig of space available.

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June 3, 2009 at 15:57:25
My purpose for posting this question is to get info on restoring the image from the extermal hard drive to a new internal hard drive in the event my current internal hard drive fails. I am not concern about being able to boot from the external hard drive. I just want to know .. after I image the internal drive to the external drive ..can I still use the external drive to save files? I have files saved on the external hard drive now..after Imaging the external hard drive, will I still be able to access those saved files? and can I continue to save additional files after the internal image is made to the external hard drive...I've tried to be as detailed as possible in this reply. Perhaps I wasn't in the first. I apologize.

Thank you

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June 3, 2009 at 16:10:00
Just make a folder to save the image to. Check that you have enough room.

What program do you intend to use to make the image?

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June 3, 2009 at 16:16:28
I plan on using SelfImage.

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June 3, 2009 at 16:54:19
I use the free version of Macrium Reflect and I image to an external drive. I restore the image from that drive on a regular basis.

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June 3, 2009 at 19:10:29
Floridian excellent plan to make a image to file [not disk]. You will have plenty of room since a image is condensed. 40gig ends up like 30gig in a file.

Though imaging is great you should consider an old fashioned way: backups.

ntbackup and checking the sytem state check box is an excellent way to get current changed data backups for far less room than an image. It is current data whereas image is static. Something to consider.

Reimaging on a regular basis... is far less than optimal and indicates a larger issue.

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