making an 'image' of my pc/h.d+am confused!

  buel 10:01 28 Apr 2009

hi, please can someone explain to me something about making an image of my hard drive? iv heard it is ideal to make an image of your h.d incase of h.d failure? does this mean that should your h.d fail completely then using the image you could just transfer the image on to another h.d and you'd have your desktop back, complete with programmes and downloaded data?

  Pamy 10:04 28 Apr 2009


  baldydave 10:18 28 Apr 2009

Use a program such as acronis true image(my prefered choice),although there are many programs out there some being free that will do the same job.
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Once installed use it to back up regularly then if hd goes down or gets infested with viruses you have an exact replica of your old hd to create a new one.

  buel 20:49 28 Apr 2009

Thanks for the answers! So im guessing that if i was to make an image of my pc, i couldn't just transfer it onto another pc that doesn't have an o.s? ie- the image doesn't transfer the o.s too?

  john bunyan 21:08 28 Apr 2009

You have to have a MS licence for each PC, an image will restore to a new drive on your pc only.

  buel 21:25 28 Apr 2009

So if i made an image of my hard drive/pc right now, my hard drive fails completely tomorrow so i buy a new hard drive only, i cant 'put' this image onto the new hard drive?

  gazzaho 04:35 29 Apr 2009

In order to make a complete backup of your hard drive you need a program like Acronis. You save the backup file to an additional hard drive (external or internal, internal drives are preferable as they work faster than an external USB drive) it's best to get the same size hard drive as the drive you want to backup.

If your hard drive fails, or becomes corrupted you insert the Acronis DVD boot disk which the program allows you to make on installation of the program, when booting from this disk it will allow you to restore the backup image to the corrupted drive or new hard drive. You may have to set the CD/DVD drive as the first boot device in your BIOS if it is not already set to do so.

I would imagine backing up like this only works for the machine you make the backup for, hardware changes on other machines will cause a lot of conflicts and problems if trying to use the backup on other machines.

I hope this explains it a bit better.

  birdface 08:09 29 Apr 2009

This program may be of use to you.Paragon free for 24 hours.

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  buel 13:08 29 Apr 2009

Thank you for your answers, that does help very much! if i buy Acronis is there any edition anyone would recommend? or is it just 'the latest'?? can i use this Acronis to back up a few of my pcs?

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