Best Free Software to Create Backup Advice

  Mary144 14:54 03 Feb 2010

I want to copy my entire system to an external USB hard drive before I replace my damaged internal hard drive (I am getting SMART failure imminent message on boot up). Once I replace the internal hard drive I want to copy back all my system data to the internal drive. I have read some previous posts that recommend XXCLONE and Driveimage but looking at the FAQs for these products I'm not sure they will allow me to do what I want. I wondered if anyone has used software in the way I would like to and can recommend something.

  canarieslover 15:15 03 Feb 2010

Try Easeus Todo copy software. Free and it will clone your hard drive. click here

  birdface 15:19 03 Feb 2010

Maybe get some advice on this.It is free for 24 hours.

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  john bunyan 15:56 03 Feb 2010

This thread may be worth a read. Most would agree that Acronis True Image 2010 (not free) is very good and worth paying for.

click here

I would take the opportunity of having two partitions on the new hard drive - about 60 gig for system and the rest for data (My documents) . For the latter I use FreeFileSynch which creates a mirror image of your data but you need other software for cloning or imaging system (programme) files.

  Mary144 16:15 03 Feb 2010

Thanks for the advice. I just called Western Digital support and they have an Acronis download for customers to backup and restore data from one drive to another, including an external drive, so I will give that a go.

  Pamy 10:54 04 Feb 2010

Mary144, the Weston Digital software will only backup your data and you have said you have done that .
If you do not have a CD with your operating system on it, you will not be able to install it.

You must have imaging software (free or bought) or a program to clone the whole HDD over to a new one

  canarieslover 11:55 04 Feb 2010

I have just used the Easeus ToDo software to clone my drive and, although I have not yet used it, it also offers back up and restore facilities. Seems a good alternative to Acronis and its free.

  Input Overload 13:35 05 Feb 2010

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  Input Overload 13:36 05 Feb 2010

Sorry buteman, missed your post.

  DieSse 15:59 14 Feb 2010

The Western Digital version of Acronis will do exactly what you want - click here

  john bunyan 15:36 15 Feb 2010

Not sure what OS you have. The WD Acronis is, I think, based on ATI 2009, and I am not sure if this runs with Windows 7 64bit. Maybe DieSse would comment.I bought ATI 2010 when I switched to W7 but maybe the 2009 version works.

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