PC backup prior to repair

  mcqueen 03:16 10 Aug 2006

Hi.Looking for advice on how to make my PC "safe" (all cookies/passwords etc cleared) and to have some sort of back-up in the likely event that my PC will be "recovered" back to its original state before I get it back (warranty) and all my music,pictures,contacts etc will be "wiped".Am I better to use discs or to take the hit and buy an external Hard Drive?Need to get this done today at some point.any advice greatly appreciated.

  €dstowe 06:11 10 Aug 2006

I suggest an extra hard drive. These are extremely useful for general use as well as this specialist one that you need it for at the moment.

For one thing, you should have a backup of your system in all circumstances, not just because your machine is going for repair.

  mcqueen 11:11 10 Aug 2006

If I buy an external hard drive with USB.WHat is the best method for creating a backup of my whole system? I know I can drag items "over" to the new drive, but is there anything els I need to do? Copy-paste or drag over?

  rawprawn 11:21 10 Aug 2006

You can't backup a system by dragging and dropping. You need a specialist program such as Acronis True Image click here

  seamus34 18:49 11 Aug 2006

I agree with the sugestion of the external hard drive PLUS a dvd writer, for all your data, the hard drive can have problems - if you copy/move your wanted files to a dvd - much safer than the external drive for long term data storage .. good luck

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