Copying C drive to external USB drive

  geedad 20:32 17 Oct 2009

I want to clean up my "C" drive to then install some original apps.
Is it OK to use COPY, then PASTE to external drive?
( There IS sufficient space on the target drive).
I want then to select the software from the target to use on "C" again.

  peter99co 20:36 17 Oct 2009

If only things were that easy. You need special software like Acronis

  DieSse 21:12 17 Oct 2009

You can drag and drop between drives - copyÇ/paste is not the way to go especially with large files.

But explain further what you want to do - it may entail more than you think.

Are you planning to wipe C clean and re-install from scratch?

You can't move installed software back and forth like this - it doesn't work. You can do it with data though.

  geedad 21:30 17 Oct 2009

peter99co - Thanks!
"Are you planning to wipe C clean and re-install from scratch?"

Yes, I do have a Sony Recovery Disc, whereby I can install the system and all of the original applications. It does provide the option for "C" drive, and leaves "D" as is. (I hope!!)
One or two of the original apps. are not working, probably due to too many new ones added, uninstalled and ... you know what I mean.

  woodchip 21:44 17 Oct 2009

If the Operating System is on C:\ no you cannot copy Files that are being used. i.e System files. Only way to do that is Image C:\ using Acronis True Image. after you reload windows you can open the image in Windows Explorer if you load Acronis on the Drive first, it then allows you to Explor the Image and drag files from it

  geedad 22:13 17 Oct 2009

Thanks, I have Paragon Drive Copy 8.5 Personal
and Paragon Drive Backup 9.0 Express.
Any good?

  woodchip 15:26 18 Oct 2009

No Idea, as Acronis lets you Explorer the Image so you can get Files from it

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