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??'s on Using an External Hard Drive for Backup, Imaging

by jodiwer / February 25, 2005 1:44 AM PST

I am considering this but wondering if I can use the same EHD for both my laptop and my desktop. Can an EHD be partitioned so I have a seperate partition for each computer?

At the moment, my plan is to make an image of each computer with some software that allows incremental updates. I would then take the drive offsite so if my home office burns down I have all my data. Once a month I would retreive it and update it, then return it to storage.

I now make regular backups of my critical data files on flash drives and CD's; some of which I also keep offsite. I have a 256MB and a 1G flash drive for this purpose. I would continue to do this between image updates.

I am a professional writer and if you think I have a phobia about losing my're right! Unlike the accounting I do for my husband's business, I could never reconstruct my creative work. Of course, I don't want to have to reconstruct my husband's work either.

I am eager for any advise anyone wants to offer. I would also appreciate recommendations on hardware and software. Thanks.

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