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Windows Vista Backup

by myeske2 / April 14, 2009 2:02 PM PDT

Now I have a Vista PC that is up to spec and in case it crashes; I want to have something to lean back on. If I could use my backup hard drive in this case would be perfect.

Is there a program out there that will copy everything and turn it into a boot file of an external hard drive so when I reset the computer it was just as it was when I backed it up, if so tell me.

Thank you.

Dell XPS 400
4.0 GB RAM
3.0 GHz processor Intel Pentium D
BIOS Revision A07
Windows Vista 32-bit upgraded PC

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Two products
by Jimmy Greystone / April 14, 2009 10:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Windows Vista Backup

Two products come to mind, though I can't say for sure they'll let you boot from an external hard drive. Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image are probably what you're looking for. They will make exact copies of your system at a specific point in time, and then allow you to restore your system back to that point.

There are probably other similar programs out there, so feel free to look around.

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More inormation
by anmor / April 15, 2009 10:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Two products

"Is there a program out there that will copy everything and turn it into a boot file of an external hard drive so when I reset the computer it was just as it was when I backed it up, if so tell me."
While the programs Jimmy specified will do the job, they are not bootable files in themselves.
Both require you to make a bootable cd, unless you buy the boxed version, which is bootable.
They make an image of your drive or partition to an external drive, you then run the program from Windows in the case of Acronis (don't know about Ghost)if you can boot in to it, and then tell it which restore file you wish to use.
If you are unable to to boot Windows, you use the program boot disk to run the restore image.
I wouldn't be without Acronis, in case of trouble in can be restored in about 15 minutes.

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