Complete system back-up

  chriscross72 11:54 24 Mar 2008

I would like to make a complete copy of my hard drive contents.
Is the best way to do this to use an external usb hard drive.
If I copy everything onto an external drive then experience a hdd failure will I be able to copy all my files and current windows installation onto a new hard drive and use everything as normal ?
Could someone point me in the right direction as how to do this and what software programme to use to copy all my current files and settings onto a usb hard drive
The hard drive in my pc now is 250gb with 188gb free space.
I'm using windows xp
I have a programme called 'acronis true image 8' which was free on a magazine cover disc.
Thanks for any help and guidance : ))

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:56 24 Mar 2008

You cannot just copy everything to an external drive it will not work.

You need specialist software to backup the operating system and the best is Acronis True Image.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:57 24 Mar 2008

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