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Complete backup of system files - HOW ?

by kwikie / July 27, 2008 2:51 PM PDT

How to backup the system files to another or portable drive ? I think having this type of back-up will ease the problem of frequent downloading the updates of softwares, antiviruse difinitions etc. on formating of Hard-drive. I am using Windows XP SP2.

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Frequently downloading updates?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 27, 2008 7:09 PM PDT

That sounds to me like you are frequently re-installing Windows, and then having to re-download updates. If so, then perhaps you need to be looking at why you need to re-install so often.

But that's another matter.

You might want to consider taking an image of your whole installation with something like Acronis True Image. If you don't want to pay for the imaging software, you could consider free cloning software like DriveImage XML. Whilst I use Acronis True Image and am very satisfied with it, I have never used DriveImage XML but I understand from others it is a good utility.

Finally, if you are looking just to backup your system with all the latest Windows Updates, then you could lookup "Slipstreaming".

I hope that helps.


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by kwikie / August 3, 2008 12:31 AM PDT

Thanks MarkFlax for your support. I have gone through your instruction and downloaded DriveImage XML but couldn't install on computer as it says the software is corrupted Sad Any alternative idea.. ? If possible I would like to do on free softwares...

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Where did you download from?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 3, 2008 7:53 AM PDT
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And what was the exact message?

It may be the download got corrupted and you need to try again. If you are using a download accelerator, I would turn that off.

Download options are; or

Runtime Software.

I would try again. The Runtime Software site appears to have good documentation, FAQ's and other program documentation, on its site.


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