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.
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.
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.
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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