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How to backup system

by TivoBoxBoy / March 25, 2009 8:27 AM PDT


I was thinking of getting Norton Ghost to use as a way to back up my system. I really just need a way of saving my data and my system settings so that if the computer gets corrupted somehow there is an easy way to get it back to its original setting.

This could be the result of a hard drive dying or a virus.

Is Norton Ghost the only way of backing up everything or is there another way to do this?


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System backup
by anmor / March 25, 2009 8:57 AM PDT
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creating an image of your drive is a good way to go.
Don't rely on an external USB drive alone to store your image, burn a copy to dvd for safe keeping, 3 copies even better.
I havn't used Ghost for years so I can't comment on it's use.
I like Acronis True Image Home, it can make automated sheduled image backups.
In the event of drive failure or upgrade it can restore the backup to a new drive of equal or larger size (even smaller if the data will fit).
It can also do file, folder and settings backups.

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Are you saying
by TivoBoxBoy / March 25, 2009 9:14 AM PDT
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that if the hard drives dies, can you install the image on a totally different system? (if the hard drive is at least as large). Could I transfer an image of my laptop to my desktop?

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imho, acronis is a better choice
by ramarc / March 25, 2009 10:08 AM PDT
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by TivoBoxBoy / March 25, 2009 10:53 PM PDT

that is what I read in the posts on Amazon, that the Ghost is very pushy and takes most of the power away from the user, I hate that.

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imho, acronis is a better choice
by les haworth / April 12, 2009 3:37 AM PDT

I agree I have been using true image for years and has saved me many hours of recovery time it backs up your whole system and can restore it in a very short time

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Try this
by FrankQC / March 26, 2009 1:24 AM PDT
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It's not an system image but it does back up your files to an external hard drive (i.e. USB).

CNET Forum Link

Check post 5 of 12. Onwards is more explanation to the person asking for help.

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You seem to have missed his desire ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 26, 2009 3:51 AM PDT
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"...saving my data and my system settings so that if the computer gets corrupted somehow there is an easy way to get it back to its original setting."

XCOPY is fine for files but will not handle system settings nor application customizations etc. while an image will.
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by FrankQC / March 26, 2009 4:03 AM PDT

Just giving suggestions. He could always do both.

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by kidkaz541 / April 10, 2009 4:15 PM PDT
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What about using Norton Save & Restore?
That's a bit easier program then using Norton Ghost

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If you backup corrupt data using image software
by Dango517 / April 10, 2009 6:06 PM PDT
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you end up with a corrupt backups. Corruption is not always an event, it often happens gradually over time.

The real question is where does this corruption come from and how can it be stopped?

Always run anti virus software from reputable companies.

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Backup complete your hard drive
by gordon1946 / April 11, 2009 6:51 PM PDT

I use Norton ghost14 and ghost 2003, I find they both work perfectly. I keep a copy of all ghost images on another hard drive interal or external. These have been a God send when I needed to replace or have had a major hard drive failure. Ghost 14 does everything for you. I have used others, but Norton for this job, is best.

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What about online storage
by TivoBoxBoy / April 13, 2009 1:03 AM PDT

I just thought of this, does anyone use an online vendor that can store your data over the internet. This seems like a safe reliable solution>

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by FrankQC / April 13, 2009 1:54 AM PDT

Online storage is useful but maybe it's just me but I wouldn't trust the people who are keeping track of the storage.

I'm paranoid that way but when I do something my favorite is just to back it up locally and shutdown the external hard drive.

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by AllthewayfromDC / April 13, 2009 2:37 AM PDT

I use dropbox as my on-line backup for my home computer. It's free for 2 GB so i use it only for my important files and some of my old valued photos. For a reasonable fee you can get up to 50 GB worth.

What I like about dropbox - and the other on-line services - is that it operates in the background PLUS it is offsite. If someone breaks into my house and steals all of my tech stuff, including my external harddrive, then I'm covered. Same goes if i suffer from a fire, tornado, hurricane, etc.

Dropbox and other services also offer convenient ways to set up folders to share documents to collaborate with others securely, save yourself from having to email 20 MB files, all while syncing your documents regularly. Definitely worth a try.

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Do you have any
by TivoBoxBoy / April 13, 2009 2:50 AM PDT
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Idea how fast the upload/download speed is?

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