Hard Drive backup

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    I have a Dell Inspiron laptop with 30Gb hard drive, I have just bought a 80GB hard drive and am wanting to clone the 30Gb so that I can restore it on the 80GB.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    a) What software?
    b) How?

    Regards

    ShiftZZ
     
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  3. sinbad1

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    I agree with Jim best software choice for backups and cloning instructions on how to do this are straight forward.

    Regards

    Also posible to make your backups appear as a virtual drive and extract any info just as you would with any drive
     
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    but you need to connect the new HD to your computer to do this
     
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    I have always used Norton Ghost and Partitionmagic for our customers previously.

    Used a dedicated PC and ide/sata 2.5" converters for it.

    I know people who use Acronis too.
     
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    i prefer ghost finding it easier to use, also some of the free software for cloning i have found hit & miss when it comes to restore.
     
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    I use Iomega Automatic Backup Pro in conjunction with an Iomega 250 GB External Drive. It backs up any files as they change and by default keeps the last 6 updates, this can be increased ( or reduced ) if required.

    It has 2 main modes - System backup and Data backup.

    Phil.
     
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    I've recently upgraded my HP 6720s from 80 to 320Gb hard drive. I used Acronis True Image and it was totally painless. I then bought a hard drive case from ebay for just over a fiver and put the old 80Gb sata drive into it. You now have an extra hard drive. I put Linux on it and use it sometimes for internet work as it is quicker than Windows.:Smile:
    Vaughan
     
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    Hi,

    Have tried all the above, at cost, and found them unreliable. I now use the following and have had no problems. Plus it's free.

    No fancy GUI but it does what it says on the tin!

    Clonezilla

    Get youself an external harddrive and install this software on it. Boot from it and backup multiple PC's to the one external drive as often as you like. Not automatic but reliable.

    Stu
     
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    Hi,

    Downloaded a copy of Clonezilla yesterday and it appears to work very well here's a youtube video giving what appears to be a fair comparassion between it and Acronis

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nHur5BvV6o]YouTube - Clonezilla vs Acronis[/ame]
     
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    I use Acronis, its superb.:thumb: I couldn't watch all the video above as after about 3 minutes I lost the will to live :Smile:
     
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    Hi, I must agree he does go on and on and on, but in the end he makes some very valid (in my opinion) suggestions, i think the summary in my opinion is one is free and the other you have pay for, albeit i think there was a suggestion that some backup drives ship with Acronis ?free.

    Being a cheapskate I bet you can't guess which one I chose :Rofl1::Rofl1:

     
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