I have just bought external drive and have the Acronis backup disc, when you do the first backup and then do the incrementals after does this backup the Windows XP. Haven't run the disc yet so any advice would be helpful, what happens when you first run this Acronis disc?
I bought an LG External 200Gb USB Hard Drive. Solely for Back Ups on my last visit to the UK, because the electricity supply out here in Spain can be a nightmare sometimes. Everything I do on this Lap Top is backed up to the hard drive. And It's been a godsend believe me. So go ahead and buy one. I was advised NOT to put the OS on it (XP Home) but do put System Resore point there.
What Acronis does is to take a snapshot of your C drive with OS and progs together with anything else you have on it. This is called an image. It then writes this image to the place you designate. If you need to restore from this image, boot up from the disk that Acronis recommend you to burn. Acronis then asks if you want to delete the partition you are restoring to (I say yes) and it then writes the 'snapshot'onto your C drive. I keep all data on my D drive so that I only restore the OS and progs when os is playing up. I keep a copy of the data from D on my ext drive as compressed files. Incrementals can take up a lot of room and IMO are not needed if you keep data on separate drive. I find it best if I add several progs, to make a new complete image in a different folder then after a while delete the first
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