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what backup utlity to use?

by weski / April 15, 2005 3:06 PM PDT

I have norton ghost but an somewhat intimidated by it.
Is there any freeware or inexpensive program I can use that is easy to use. I want to make an image file of my whole hard drive

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Bob doesn't do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 15, 2005 11:12 PM PDT

But I backup "My stuff".

Since you want an image, take another look at ACRONIS TRUEIMAGE.


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I don't either. . .
by Coryphaeus / April 16, 2005 12:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Bob doesn't do that.

Since very few "backup" programs back up the registry, I don't use one. I simply copy what I can't afford to loose to a CD-RW or in my case a DVD-RW.

Documents, pictures, email, favorites, etc. go directly to a plastic disk about once a week. To make this easy I copy everything to a specific folder on my HD, then burn that folder. This way I can save new items quickly, then do a burn. This is a true free backup.

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I also use Acronis TrueImage
by joehawk1 / April 16, 2005 1:51 PM PDT
In reply to: I don't either. . .

and find it it has never failed me. It is a mirror image of your hardrive so it,of course, backs up the registry, all programs and OS, as well as all data.

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Be careful
by glb613 / April 16, 2005 9:14 PM PDT

thinking Ghost will be the only backup you need. There have been plenty of posts from people who used it, had a computer failure and were unable to access their files or folders.

One of the best ways to save your data, photos, music, documents, downloads, etc., is to make CDs or DVDs. You can use USB portable drives, CD-RWs or DVD-RWs to add data as needed. But for permanent storage, I would recommend CD-Rs or DVD-Rs.

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I have Ghost and I have no problems with it
by metmichallica / May 26, 2005 6:49 PM PDT
In reply to: Be careful

If I can figure out how to use it, anyway can. I don't understand why anyone would go out and buy a program and not use it and then get another imaging solution that does exactly the same thing.

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Re: Back Up Utility
by Rilla927 / May 24, 2005 3:52 PM PDT

I second that emotion with Acronis True Image. It's a great product. It's money well spent, check out the Disk Director Suite also. If you use True Image, make sure you have your patches before you use it. Good luck!


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