THOMASIO 20:42 30 Aug 2004

I intend buying an external hard drive and would like to back up my entire system including O.S.(Windows xp). I am not a high tech operator and have limited knowledge on how to go about this. Any suggestions of drive (eg. Maxtor one touch) I should buy and possible link to a tutorial on how to do it would be much appreciated.

  dez fowler 23:37 30 Aug 2004

Not really any need to back up your OS so long as you have all the installation discs for your drivers and software. It's good to reformat from time to time anyway so if i were you i'd backup your files and settings and things. For this there's two utilities in XP, one called "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" and one called "Backup", they're both straight forward and shouldn't present a problem. As for media, external hard disks are expensive so depending on how much data you have and how often you want to back up a dvd writer is probably a better option as you can pick them up for about £30 nowadays.

  woodchip 23:42 30 Aug 2004

It's a very good IDEA to backup your System to a Different drive as It means if it goes down you can restore it in a short space of time, the drive you suggest should do the job but you need something like Ghost or Acronis True Image to create a compressed Image to your new drive so it can be restored as and when you need it

  TomJerry 00:49 31 Aug 2004

It is very easy to use and powerful, you can do image or clone whole disk. $49.99 click here (sometime, they offer special price)

  THOMASIO 19:25 31 Aug 2004

Thanks guys. Is this software not available from Dabs, Simply or any of the other outlets, it would appear to be only available from Acronis
Many thanks.

  woodchip 22:44 31 Aug 2004

To try click here

to Buy click here

  THOMASIO 18:35 01 Sep 2004

Thanks woodchip

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