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? How to - Create Image backup on Ext Drive, pls


AroundAgain

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Hi

I have, very recently, bought myself an External Drive, for backup. I'm able to copy files/docs across but I haven't a clue as to how to create an image backup of OS and installed programs etc.

Having just read the post re (Teamviewer) scams, I realise I'm now in a position to have this backup, and how vital it is!

So, please, in 'simple' language, could you explain.

I'm using Win XP but have Vista on my laptop - would like to do both machines.

Thanks very much

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rdave13

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This explains a lot but depending on which backup software you use you need to carefully read their help files. If you decide to buy Acronis then study how to use the software.

Wikipedia

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AroundAgain

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robinofloxley Thanks. I've looked in Disc Management and there are only my two physical drives, C and E, - E being a second drive I put in a long time ago. I've taken a screen dump having been into Disc Management - so far is it in Paint, waiting for me to save it as something!!! If it would be of any value to see it, how do I get it viewable via a link in the thread?

As far as I am aware, there is no partitioning, in either the Master drive (c\:) or the second drive (E\:).

The new External Drive is still in the box, so no partitioning done there either!

E\: is just to keep some stuff separate from C\:, partly to leave space on C, partly in case the PC goes 'phut'!!! ;) Yes, rather basic, eh?

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robin_x

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c: and e: are your partitions. I think what you mean is you haven't divvied them up into further partitions.

You are allowed 4 (Primary) partitions per drive. You can have more but that is beyond the scope of my reply.

I suggest you unpack you new drive and have a play. Download one of the free 'backup' programs too.

Note: If you are lucky, your new drive will be formatted. If not, it takes several hours.

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robin_x

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Actually I strongly recommend Macrium

It's easier than Easeus and Paragon for a first timer.

When ready, and you are all set up with new drive plugged in, I'd be happy to walk you through it.

(maybe tomorrow?)

Use imageshack.com for your partition map and send the link.

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AroundAgain

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Hi robinofloxley

Thanks

No, my drives are two separate ones, physically separate. I put the second drive in myself a long while ago, so I know it's physically a separate drive.

C drive has the OS and programs I've downloaded. C also has documents, as does E.

I could put all personal stuff from C to E. Presumably, then, C would be ok for one partition in the External drive, and have personal docs etc in the remaining partition in Ext Drive???

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robin_x

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C is a single partition on one drive. E is a single partition on your 2nd drive.

Your new ext drive will need a partition on it. It may already have one. It may have a manufacturers partition as well.

Plug it in and go into Disc Management again and take another screenshot and paste the imageshack link.

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AroundAgain

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"C is a single partition on one drive. E is a single partition on your 2nd drive"

Ooops, my apologies. I obviously didn't understand what you were saying. So, yes, each C and E are 'single partition'

I'll check out the Ext Drive as to whether it is already partitioned. Also, I'll have to check out Imageshack. I've heard of it but not used it so may take a litle while to suss it...

Cheers Thanks

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robin_x

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Open Paint, paste screenshot, Save As .jpg (not bmp or png).

Imageshack.com, upload jpg. Copy and paste the link.

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AroundAgain

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AroundAgain

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Ooops! Seems none of that lot is any good! Apologies Will try again

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