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How to make mirror image of hard drive?

by theblands / June 2, 2006 3:41 AM PDT

Recently my 4 year old HP Pavillion WinXP crashed. I ran HP recovery software and then spent HOURS upgrading WinXP from the OEM version to today's WinXP SP2 with all of its updates. What do you recommend as the best way to mirror the image of the hard drive so when it crashes again, I won't have to spend hours updating WinXP?

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Easy. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 2, 2006 3:55 AM PDT

Go to the Maxtor site and download a copy of MaxBlast. It will do exactly what you wish to another HD. It makes a clone of the drive. Free. As far as I'm concerned it's much easier than trying to back up everything to optical drives. When you're finished, put the cloned drive in a safe place. In case of a catastrophic failure, just remove the crashed drive, put the cloned drive in its place, a power up. Done. On the odd occasion that XP may want to reactivate, it's quick and painless.

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MaxBlast only worrks when there is a Seagate H.D. on system
by PDHandsome / January 24, 2014 3:44 AM PST
In reply to: Easy. . .

I downloaded MaxBlast and it wouldn't work because I did not have at least one Maxtor or Seagate Hard Drive on my system.

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How to make mirror image of hard drive?
by pcrx_greg / June 2, 2006 4:08 AM PDT

The best option for creating an image of the disk for restoration would be to get an external USB or Firewire hard drive and use a disk imaging software to create an image. The external hard drive should be USB 2.0 or firewire, if your PC has USB 2.0 or firewire capabilities. If not, you will also need to install a new USB 2.0 or firewire card. There are several good disk imaging programs available from Acronis, Paragon and Norton. Check the online reviews to see which would best suit your needs. You can also burn the image to CD's, but depending on the size of the image, you may need multiple CD's. Also remember that the image will only include information back to the point that you created the image, and any additional information that you might want to save, will have to be backed up.

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Thanks for the advice
by theblands / June 2, 2006 4:41 AM PDT

This is exactly the information that I was looking for. Thanks.

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