Full System backup

  srwpchelp 19:36 27 Jul 10
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Hi,

Before I upgrade my PC to Windows 7, I want to do a full System backup to be on the safe side.
What's the best way of doing this? Preserving the original folders is important. Is it just a question of copying and pasting everything in "Computer" to my external hard drive? (e.g. using Teracopy)

Thanks,
Steve.

  Technotiger 19:47 27 Jul 10

IMHO the best way is to use Acronis or similar to make a complete backup of your hard drive, to your external drive.

  mooly 07:04 28 Jul 10

As with TT. Use Acronis.
Acronis doesn't need an operating system to run, so although it's convenient to run it as a Windows prog when you can you an also just load the CD and use it from there to find your backup files (disk image file)and restore from them. All in a few clicks.
There's no copy and paste or anything like that, Acronis creates a single file that is an image of the HDD and restores it exactly as it was.

  Andsome 07:39 28 Jul 10

Acronis is one of the best inventions since sliced bread.

  compumac 08:42 28 Jul 10

Acronis very easy to use.

  AlanHo 09:07 28 Jul 10

If you are changing to a different operating system the only files you can easily copy back are your data files.

You will have to reinstall all your software.

It is worth taking a full system back up of your whole drive(s) in case you ever want to revert to your present operating system. If not - then copy to your external drive just your data files and settings so that you can restore them on the new OS.

  srwpchelp 22:28 28 Jul 10

Thanks for the replies.

The only reason why I want to do a full system backup is just in case (a) I forget to back-up a file/folder that I want to add back to my PC or (2) I don't save a file/folder because I wasn't aware of it's existence (e.g. a settings file).

Will Acronis let me restore individual files/folders from the image file and show me their original locations?

Thanks,
Steve.

  srwpchelp 22:28 28 Jul 10

Thanks for the replies.

The only reason why I want to do a full system backup is just in case (a) I forget to back-up a file/folder that I want to add back to my PC or (2) I don't save a file/folder because I wasn't aware of it's existence (e.g. a settings file).

Will Acronis let me restore individual files/folders from the image file and show me their original locations?

Thanks,
Steve.

  Technotiger 22:37 28 Jul 10
  mooly 07:22 29 Jul 10

Yes... you can even look at all the files and folders in the backup image as though it were a real drive. You just click your way through the initial single backup file and it keeps opening in new windows as you go further in. Just like exploring your primary C drive... it's all there in just the same format.

That's a good link from TT

Acronis is one of those programs you just have to use to get a feel for it... it really is brilliant.

  srwpchelp 22:13 03 Aug 10

Thanks for the replies & advice.

I've decided to backup individual files & folders rather than do a full backup.

I've just purchased an external HDD. Unfortunately, the software won't let you backup folders (only pre-defined file types). Neither will it let you backup hidden files.

I've read quite a few bad reviews on Acronis True Image. Are there any other programs that are worth looking at?

I want the backups to be as simple as possible.
i.e. always backup these pre-defined folders and pre-defined files. The backup folder structure should be the same as my PC. No need for compression.

Thanks.

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