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Old 11-08-2004, 06:31 AM   #1
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Can somebody please point me towards a good resource that might provide a good tutorial on methods of backing up ones hard drive.

Answer to questions of:

how to?
Things to watch out for?
How completely one can back up their hard drive?
Types of info that may still be lost if you have to restore?

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Old 11-08-2004, 06:42 AM   #2
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The built in backup feature in XP is pretty handy...
Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Backup

This utility gives you the options to back up individual files, user settings or the whole HDD...

Another option is Norton Ghost...

What sort of backup hardware do you have? ext. HDD, DVD/CD burner?
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Old 11-08-2004, 06:28 PM   #3
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The only real options I have are:

DVD/CD Burner
250Mb Zip Drive.
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Old 11-08-2004, 06:36 PM   #4
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DVD burner I hope =), definetly can be done with CD burner, it will just take more time...let me know how the backup goes...
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In my opinion, the most efficient way to back things up is another hard drive. Notice how I said "efficient" and not "cost-effective"

If cost really isn't any object, you can set up what's called a "redundant RAID Array"; a system of two or more hard drives that mirror each other so that if one fails, the other still has the data intact. This would be the absolute easiest method because by having two hard drives, you'll constantly be protected against data loss from hardware failure.
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Fox is correct, although you would have to have some pretty important info to justify this setup...most of the time all that is required is a dvd/cd burner and a few blanks...
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Actually, since I just looked at a 160gig drive on one of the rebate sites for $60, a second hard disk isn't all that bad. I have multiple layers of backup, disks, network disks, Firewire disks, and DVD-R/RW for longer term and off-site backup.
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