Vista 64bit Back-up

  denshed 14:31 14 Jan 2009

I read with interest the recent comments re:32 or 64bit OS, and have to agree that I am very pleased with my new 64bit machine.One thing however is that I am having trouble finding a portable external hard drive to back-up my OS. I have tried a number of manafacturers but without success.

Can anyone provide an answer please.

  ened 08:38 15 Jan 2009

I have a Seagate Freeagent pro which works fine.

But I don't use the bundled software as it had loads of problems in XP.

  denshed 15:55 15 Jan 2009

Thanks for the response ened.
I have visited the Seagate website where it states that the Vista 64bit OS is not supported by their software in the UK. This is why I have a problem In Vista Ultimate (the version I have) it has a back-up facility and the external hard drives I have tried will back-up the OS without the HD software supplied but I cannot then retrieve it from the F8 boot-up option or,in normal mode.Luckily I have tried this prior to my system crashing otherwise,I would be in real trouble.

  ened 16:26 15 Jan 2009

I too have Ultimate 64bit.

Have you considered Raid 1.

Whilst it is not external it will provide you with a mirror should your Hard Drive fail.

  denshed 17:33 15 Jan 2009

Thanks ened and sorry for my misunderstanding I thought you had XP not Vista.
As for your most recent response - if I do as you suggest and then my hard drive fails will I be able to use the Raid mirror image to boot my system?

  Teaboy 17:56 15 Jan 2009

I have purchased Acronis True Image Home 2009 to solve my back-up problem. Advantage being storage can be CD-r/RW DVD-R/RW discs. Acronis has a very good reputation and seems easy to install and use. (I hope!)

  ened 18:20 15 Jan 2009

That is the point of RAID 1.

Everything goes onto two drives so that if one fails nothing is lost.

Personally I didn't use it with this machine. I have a disc for re-installation and all data is backed up to both an internal drive and my Seagate.

Mind you something like Acronis, as Teaboy says, is a good idea because it would take me a long while to set everything up just as I like it again.

  denshed 20:18 15 Jan 2009

Thanks to you both for your suggestions. I have to say that you have increased my knowledge and am on my way to buy the Acronis back-up as 'teaboy'suggests. If you do not hear from me again you will know it has been successful.

Many thanks ened and teaboy

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