Hi folks I would like to do a complete back up/clone of my hardrive icluding my OS as I think it may be on it's last legs.I don't have an external hardrive however I do have an old computer with an 80gb drive which is enough.What would be the best way to do this without having to remove the internal drive from the computer and could I then transfer from this old drive to a newer external9When I get one).Also I don't have acronis so I would really appreciate advice as to which free software would do the job best.Many thanks.
I think you will need to have both drives on the one computer to perfrm the cloning. There may be solutions to do it over a network but I do not know of one. Also, it would be slow to perform this task over a network.
I would suggest u to use some external hard drive to back up ur whole data else u can use software such as Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image is favored by information technology professionals, but there are a number of free or free-for-personal-use options out there, such as Runtime's Shadow Copy or Macrium Reflect.click here
Thankyou for the suggestions.I really must get myself an external drive and quickly.If I save my image of my current drive(including my OS)and say for example my current hardrive fails.Can I then use my external drive to boot from and can it then become my main drive from which I can boot into windows from?Thanks.
With ATI (I think!) you can use the ATI disc or a recovery disc made with ATI to boot from , then restore the image to the (new) drive.Maybe other more experienced ATI users will comment. An external HD is essential in my view. So many folk loose precious music etc in the event of a drive problem, and the likes of PC Techguys charge £90 for data recovery - nearly twice the price of a 500 gig HD.
What would be the best way to do this?Would I need a caddy or would I be able to fit it in the computer tower?What's the difference between a clone and an image?I have "most" of my documents backed up to dvd's but I dont have any windows discs and it's my windows XP I'm trying to "back up" incase this drive fails completely.So if this drive fails and I have a clone/image of it on an external I still wont be able to boot into windows?Is that right?Sorry for all the questions :)