laptop external hard drive

Dell / Inspiron 2650
May 30, 2010 at 16:50:19
Specs: XP SP2, 256 mb
Hi,
I would like to back up my laptop hard drive using Xxclone to an external hard drive. Can anyone tell me what I need to do? I'm not sure what connectors I need.
Thanks,
......... john

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#1
May 30, 2010 at 17:58:13
The first thing I would do is remove your email address from your signature. You are inviting spam by the truckload. Never include your email address on a public forum.

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#2
May 30, 2010 at 20:37:05
An external hard drive is typically a USB drive, so the only other thing you will need is the USB cable. You should have more than 256 Mb RAM though, the back up program will probably need it.

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#3
May 31, 2010 at 16:46:03
Thanks Ewen....... done.
Thanks Fingers...... I'm going to get some more memory. Unfortunately this beast only takes 512mb max. Do I need a power source for the external drive?
... john

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#4
May 31, 2010 at 21:02:25
That will depend on the drive, I believe most are powered from the USB, read up to be sure. If all are not, then look to the smaller ones. I do not use one, but use secondary internal drive since portability in not important to me.

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#5
June 1, 2010 at 16:48:19
Hi Fingers,
'A secondary internal drive'? You mean that you clone your OS to another drive that you can replace the primary with (in case it fails), and keep it as a backup?
Thanks,
..... john

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#6
June 1, 2010 at 16:53:12
Looks like you included your email address in your signature (under settings). Best remove it pronto. Voice of experience - when I did that way back I ended up with 120 junk emails per day. Unless that's a spoof address....


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#7
June 1, 2010 at 20:39:21
Hi Derek,
Thanks for the warning. I have tried twice to remove my e-mail address, but it doesn't seem to take. Any ideas on what I might be doing wrong.
...... john

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#8
June 1, 2010 at 22:14:18
I have my primary hard drive partitioned into two, one for OS and programs, and one for files. Then I took the harddrive from my old computer, installed it internal, copied over my files, formatted it clean and I use it as a back up destination for all personal files (system and programs I can reinstall).

As far as the signature, don't just remove it, replace it with something else, and save. That should do it.

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If all else fails, read instructions.


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#9
June 1, 2010 at 22:17:19
I just noticed, if you go back to edit, you can also change the signature line on already posted material.

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#10
June 2, 2010 at 07:18:12
Thanks Fingers,
For the information, and advice on how to remove my signature. I removed it from all my replies; but there seems to be no way of removing it from the initial post. Perhaps the administrator can do that. Do you know how to reach them?
..... john

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#11
June 2, 2010 at 12:54:46
I haven't used that software. However, usually cloning software sets the cloned hard drive as active, which may make your internal hard drive not boot.

I suggest that instead of using a cloning utility you use imaging/ backup software. That allows you to boot directly to the image and restore the original drive to the state it was in when the image was created.

Some imaging programs can also do incremental backups, which means you can keep current without re-imaging the entire drive.

Check your BIOS to verify your laptop can boot directly from an External USB hard drive.

Check out the link below.

http://www.acronis.com/homecomputin...


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#12
June 2, 2010 at 15:23:29
Thanks OtheHill,
I would like to use XxClone, since I'm familiar with it (been using it for years); but failing that I will be going with your suggestion.
...... john

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#13
June 2, 2010 at 16:25:25
Re email addresses. Oh, I assumed you could use EDIT on the original post
to get shot of the signature line.

If you PM the webmaster maybe he would be prepared to remove it for you.
His name is Justin Weber.


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#14
June 2, 2010 at 16:57:55
Derek

There are moderators for most forums that can edit or remove posts. Look for the gold star in place of the rating bullet to find the mod for that forum. Not sure who are the mods for this one.


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#15
June 2, 2010 at 17:12:58
OtheHill

I guess either my age is showing or I'm going blind LOL.
What and where are "rating bullet" and "gold star"?

I'm looking at this page - are these things elsewhere?


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#16
June 2, 2010 at 20:00:17
Hi Derek,
I went into the 'private message centre' and sent a request to Justin Weber to remove my e-mail address from my original post. I hope this does the trick.
..... john

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#17
June 2, 2010 at 20:08:58
The rating bullet is above the thumbs up/down. You only see the gold star when a mod is responding to a post in their forum.

I am a mod in the hardware forum. Go there and look at any of my threads. I will link the latest.

Place your cursor on the bullet above the thumbs up/dn and you will get a message. You have one too.

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#18
June 3, 2010 at 16:41:07
OtheHill

OK got it now - thx for info. Seems I've been ignoring the changes on this website rather.

EDIT
I assume you meant rating bullet rather than ranking bullet?


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#19
June 3, 2010 at 16:43:20
No problem Derek.

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