Backing up the whole system with XP Home?

  Hedontownee 09:08 28 Sep 2005

I have been trying to fathom the easiest way to back up the whole system so that I can quickly recover in the event of a "fatal event"
Why cant you just copy C: drive ,which contains all the OS files and all the installed program files and all the data files etc...and burn the whole partition onto a CD, which you could then boot from if the system went down??
Would the CD made up in this way be bootable?
There must be a simple way to get your system back in the event of a irretrievable "crash"
I am sure there are many "gurus" out there who have a simple solution?
Thanks in advance

  rawprawn 09:13 28 Sep 2005

Acronis True Image, in my opinion the best there is. To recover completely just press F11 on boot
click here

  Terry Brown 09:45 28 Sep 2005

I use a second drive to keep all my working files on, including Backups. Even if the C: drive crashes, all your important information is still safe, even if you have to re-partition * format c:.

Admitted you will stil have to reload your applications (including XP), but I find it the best option.

  pj123 10:35 28 Sep 2005

My main C: hard drive is cloned to another hard drive of the same size. The cloned hard drive is then taken out of the computer and stored. If my C: drive packs up I then remove it and replace it with the cloned drive set as master and reboot. You can get xxcopy or xxclone from click here or click here respectively.

I usually re-do it about every 6 months or if I have installed any new applications.

  rawprawn 10:43 28 Sep 2005

Acronis will do all of the above from F11

  Skeletor 14:00 28 Sep 2005

Acronis is the way to go. In fact, shhh! don't tell anyone...(whispers)but you'll find a full free copy inside one of this months PC know, the one with the Answers.

Acronis. Excellent.

  Hedontownee 05:18 29 Sep 2005

OK Folks
Many thanks for all the advice
I have a Copy of Acronis version7
So hopefully the job will be sorted
Watch this space

  pj123 15:02 29 Sep 2005

Not a believer of Acronis, or even Nero Backitup.

I have 7 CDs which were backed up using Acronis.
and 4 DVDs using Nero Backitup.

If my C: drive fails how do I use Acronis or Nero backitup to restore it? if I can't boot at all.

  Confab 15:07 29 Sep 2005

The NERO disks are bootable.

  De Marcus™ 15:08 29 Sep 2005

by installing xp on a new or 'repaired' c: drive then acronis or nero, restore your os to the last backup.

Acronis works best as do most backup solutions by backing up to a different hardrive.

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