There have been various posts on this topic, but I have a very simple question/situation that I would like to address:
I have two internal hard drives (120GB and 250 GB) on my desktop PC. I recently bought a 500 GB hard drive to use only for the purpose of backing up my two internal drives. I would like a direct copy of each drive on my external drive.
As this seems like a relatively simple task, I am looking for a piece of *free* software that will do the job. Until now however, I can find software that will backup individual files and folders pretty easily, but have great difficulty in making direct copies of hard drives. Could someone advise on the best course of action?
Not free I'm afraid, bt your best option is to purchase a copy of Acronis True Image. You can use it to make an image of each of your hard drives. You can try before you buy, have a look at the manual, this can be downloaded from the Acronis site, and will give you a good overview of what this superb piece of software can do.
If one of your drives is a Seagate ( or I think a Maxtor) then you can go to the Seagate website and download the Seagate Disk Wizard, its a cut down version of Acronis True Image and is written by them and it should do this as you can clone the drives across.
Ok, thanks for the responses. Is there any reason why I couldn't right click and 'copy' my drives, and then 'paste' them into my external backup drive? I appreciate it would take a while and I'd have to remember to do it. Otherwise it looks like I'll have to stop being cheap and shell out some cash. Could someone kindly advise?
Not the best way to go.. with Acronis you have the option (take it) to make recovery discs in case of boot failure, you can make copies, clones and incrimantal backups so the files that you value will be safe...
I'd add my endorsement to the benefit of Acronis which you must use if you are going to make a restorable copy, a clone of your C: (Windows OS drive).
You can do the same thing with your secondary HD, but since this will not have an OS on it you can use a freebie like EZBackitup to make copies of all or some of the files from the secondary HD. (These are instantly accessible and don't have to be "Restored")