external hard drive and xp operating system

  dontnoafing 15:10 20 Oct 2005

i,v often read that sooner or later most of us will get hard drive breakdown with the advice to back up to cd/floppy all important files/data/music/photos etc.is it possible to put windows xp(pre installed)on an external hard drive for just an emergency ?,if so how ?.

  ventanas 15:17 20 Oct 2005

I think what you mean is can I make a copy of my installation and store it externally for copying back if needed.

Yes you can with either of these:

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  dontnoafing 15:29 20 Oct 2005

thanks,i,m getting there.....

  freaky 15:43 20 Oct 2005

You can purchase an external Hard Drive, then buy either Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image. Of these two programs I prefer Acronis.

You can then use either of these programs to Clone or Back-Up your HD.

I have a Maxtor One Touch USB External drive + Acronis. This is an excellent drive, well built, has it's own power supply and a on/off switch at the rear.

If you Clone, then that creates a mirror image of your HD. Whereas Back-Up creates copies of your files etc.

If you buy an External Drive, then you will need a USB(2) connection on your PC, USB(1) would be too slow in transferring data.

Hope that helps.

  dontnoafing 17:13 20 Oct 2005

great,fully understand now.many thanks.

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