I have a laptop -using XP pro - and have an external hard drive of 250GB - via a USB port. Is it possible to backup the laptop complete system -as, I believe, Ghost would do and without creating a separate partition on the drive. The drive already holds a lot of data, and I would hope to backup to a folder, from which I could restore the laptop to exactly the state it is in now. Thanks in anticipation. Rob
I have almost same set up as you. Laptop, XP Pro 120 GB External HD via USB. I do a full backup with Acronis TrueImage very week, takes less than 30 minutes, always keeping the last two backups. Works perfectly.
Indeed; I have always said that there is no need to partition with any modern computer. There are no benefits whatsoever with modern HD drives, processors etc. I also maintain that you should never have a bckup on your main disk...use an external disk that can be removed. I use Acronis to backup to external drives and these drives merely have folders. My advice is to dump the partitions and NEVER backup onto the same disk as your OS.