can anyone please advise me on the easiest program to use to backup to a 2nd hard drive,considering i am not that computer literate,and i would like to move everything over,games ,folders, pictures,etc
If you use Win XP you can do a complete clone of one Hard drive to another using the FREE XXCLONE from click here or if you use Win 98 etc. use the FREE XXCOPY from click here. I have used the XXCOPY for over two years now with my Win 98SE and it's straightforward and reliable. It copies everything including Registry, System, System files, Programs and all Data files.
To use it you go to Start/ Programs/ MSDOS Prompt and enter C:\ xxcopy C:\ D:\/CLONE Press ENTER and one hard drive is "cloned" on to another hard drive. It takes about two minutes to copy 5GB.
In case of problems occurring on the main drive you simply boot up the second drive (which then becomes the C:\ drive) and repeat the above entry in MSDOS Prompt. This will replace the original D:\ drive back on to the C:\ drive.