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best free back up utility

by TDUG / June 15, 2007 4:50 AM PDT

I am able to back up my drive on floppies only for some reason with the utility that came with XP Pro. is there a better and easy back up progrm out there that will let me back up my drive to dvd's?

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What do you want to backup?
by Kees Bakker / June 15, 2007 5:00 AM PDT

The whole drive (say, the full 100 Gb) each time (an 'image')?
Or individually changed files? Only your own documents/music/photo's? How often?

In other words: tell your planned backup strategy.


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Installed new hard drive
by TDUG / June 15, 2007 7:15 AM PDT

Old drive crashed, had to install new 160GB drive. Had a Copy of XP Pro and put it on there. The backup utility on the XP wouldn't let me back up my drive to DVD. I wanted to back up the entire used volume on the drive ( about 7GB ) so if it did crash again, i wouldn't lose everything again. My PC is a HP Pavillion, which had the recovery partition, so I lost everything. I made anew startup disc, now I want to back up everything safely and easily.

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You need a cloning utility...
by John.Wilkinson / June 15, 2007 7:44 AM PDT

Since you want to backup the entire partition, OS included, you need to use a third-party cloning application such as Norton Ghost, Norton Save and Restore, or Acronis TrueImage. They all let you backup the hard drive to CD, DVD, or another hard drive and provide for full restoration. Save and Restore is a more advanced spinoff of Ghost, but all three are legitimate options...I'd choose whichever is cheaper.

Hope this helps,

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What about nero?
by TDUG / June 16, 2007 3:08 AM PDT

I noticed in my program of Nero, there is a backup hard drive Option. Is this a good alternative or not?

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Yes, it is a valid alternative.
by John.Wilkinson / June 16, 2007 5:41 AM PDT
In reply to: What about nero?

Nero isn't normally mentioned because it is primarily a burning application, but its ability to backup your hard drive cannot be overlooked. It's a valid alternative and can prevent you from having to pay for another program if you choose to use it.


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by TDUG / June 16, 2007 8:54 AM PDT

Thanks for the info. Nero has been good to me so far, I guess it won't hurt to try it for something else.

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free backup software for windows 7
by jack_61 / January 6, 2010 4:20 PM PST
In reply to: Great!

I used a free backup software: EASEUS Todo Backup 1.1, which is compatible with the latest Windows 7,it has detailed instruction wizards,perfect.


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