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Q: set external drive as backup

Hi All
I do not know a vast amount when it comes to networks...but I have a usb2 280gb hard drive (freecom) and want to configure it to be a backup drive. There are 25 XP pro pc's. The server is running win2000 (one pdc..one backup pdc, a fileserver and a mail server) We have BT Broadband 512k.
Is there software that I need to use...or can I set a daily backup from what I have.
Hope I have made sence!!...any advice greatly welcomed!!

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A: set external drive as backup

Lot's of ways to do this.

One might be to create a separate directory for each user. Then on those 25 computers, create a simple batch file to copy whatever you want to the appropriate directory. This can then either be scheduled to run at a specified time or when the user clicks on a shortcut to it on the desktop. I have users that each prefer their own method.

You might also schedule something from the server but this might mean you would need to set up a lot of shares on each computer.

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I'm running Windows 7 64x Home Premium on a Toshiba Qosmio X505 laptop. I just got it back from the warranty repair center, where they replaced the hard drive and graphics fan & heatsink, and reloaded the factory windows version. Before I sent it out for repair, I used Windows Backup to create a backup of all my files on a Toshiba casio 500GB external USB drive (I had over 300 GB of files, so it was easier to use Windows Backup than drag and drop all the files, at least at the time). Now that I have the laptop back, I'm having trouble restoring my files. When I go to Control Panel-> Backup & Restore, a message appears in the restore section, saying "Windows could not find a backup for this computer." I've tried reconnecting the drive as well as restarting my computer, but to no avail. I can see and explore the files in My Computer, so I know the hard drive is properly connected. I appreciate any help you can give.


A:Backup External drive seen by My Computer, but not Backup & Restore

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So I want to clone one external 2TB with another. So one drive is the main use one and another the backup one. So I copy everything over to backup and i store the backup at another house and then I start using the main: deleting and adding/editing files. What is the best software or whatever to allow me, after some time, synchronize/clone the externals again without deleting all on the backup drive and recopying? (main to backup) and make them clones again? ..Adding and deleting or replacing any nonidentical files.. Like where i can press a button on some software and it do the work for me.
Sorry if this is confusing

A:Best external to external hard drive synchronized backup plan?

There's a bunch of applications that can do that.

They all work pretty much the same way, but would differ in how easy they are to understand and configure---the interfaces would differ and the help files would differ.

I use FreeFileSync from sourceforge.net.

Others are Syncback, Folder Clone, Karen's Replicator, FBackup, Second Copy, and Synchromagic.

You should be able to configure them to do one or the other of the following:

1: If you delete or modify a file on the "original", it will also be deleted or modified on the backup.

2: If you delete a file on the "original", it will be retained on the backup. If you modify a file, both the modified and unmodified file will be retained on the backup.

It's up to you which choice you prefer. I use the first method, which is often called "mirroring"--one drive is an exact match of the other.

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I've got a new external hard drive.
I have many other external hard drives for which I want to backup the files of.

What's the best way of copying files from one drive to another?

1. Should I connect both on USB3 and copy one from another?


2. Copy to computer and then copy to new hard drive?

I've got a feeling that the second option might be the best one?


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I'm trying to backup Win7 to an external HD that currently is used to backup mac. Can anyone help explain what I need to do to make this happen? I'm sure I'll have to format the ext HD then backup the mac using a different file format, but am unsure just what I'll have to do or how to do it.


A:Backup to external HD that also has Mac backup on same drive

I assume the external drive is formatted HSF+. If you want to keep using it for the Mac, you can partition the drive with 1 partition HSF+ and the other partition NTFS for windows. Failing that, the Mac can read from but not write to NTFS.

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Hi,Bit of background first, my old harddrive , which was split into  C and D ,approx. 500 gig each, went Kaput,had it replaced with an SSD(at my request because I heard they don't overheat and are faster) by an experienced computer technician, and no longer  having to deal with split drives suited me fine.I only  have half the storage space now, about 500Gg in comparison to 1,000 Gg,  but cost was a factor at the time, SSD's being so expensive.Very happy with the new SSD, speed etc. My operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit , SP1. My backups were all stored on a Goflex external harddrive, which  the technician accidentally  dropped on the floor, he then replaced this with an external drive with an on/off switch. (Pleased about the on/off switch, the other didn't have one, very upset about the dropping my other one). All working fine, doing my backups to my new external drive  he gave me, using  my Acronis True Image software 2015 version, that I had always used.My old external  drive was set up to drive E, and all my previous backups in Acronis show drive E, so perhaps this is why the technician set this new one up to Drive F, not sure.And maybe this is why I got the error message below? Well, in my infinite wisdom (which with computer technology isn't great I must admit) I suddenly decided I wanted to backup to an external drive with the letter E,(E for External seemed so much mor... Read more

A:Changes to Drive letter & rename causing backup problems to external drive

 I don't use Acronis, but if you think changing the drive letter caused a problem, can't you just change it back?  The Administrative Tools applet of the Control Panel is what I've always used to change drive letters. Changing the name (I assume you mean the drive label) should have no effect.
 Good luck.

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When I switched my Laptop on yesterday the nice Seagate Icon for my external backup hard drive had vanished but has been replaced by a dull looking generic Windows page icon ? This external backup drive is the K:\ drive on my system.

I surfed google yesterday trying to find some advice on how to restore what was a very attractive Icon ? . . but have been struggling to find any advice I could understand or thought I'd be able to follow ?

On a positive note, I have located the exact file for the disappeared icon on my laptop (its called SeagatePortable.ico) and I have copied it to my desktop temporarily, but, I have no idea how to re-apply this icon to my K:\ drive ?

Whilst surfing, I discovered a simple freeware program called "Drive Icon Changer" so I downloaded this program and tried to use it. It is very easy to use, but, try as I might, I cannot get this programme to interact with my K;\ drive ? . . so I've given up and uninstalled that programme, as, in this instance at least, it clearly does not do what it is supposed to be able to do.

I also saw some advice about going to a DOS prompt (I do not understand what this means or how to do it?) and deleting or editing something called the autorun.inf file - I suspect this type of action would be well beyond my understanding and I'd probably do more harm than good if I attempted to edit this sort of system file and got it wrong !

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A:How do I restore the Seagate Drive Icon for my External Backup Drive?

Also just spotted an obsolete thread on this site where someone suggested:-

"Un-install the driver while the external drive is connected and then rebooted and let windows reinstall - everything should go back to normal when Windows re-discovered the drive".

I don't know if this might cure my problem ? . . but unfortunately I do not know how to uninstall a driver ?

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I purchased a Western Digital 250gb external hard drive (My Passport Essential I think) a few years back with the idea that I would use it as a backup to my main computer and/or an alternative hard drive storage for my music. But I have been sadly deceived and luckily I have only used it as a sync/temporary access drive when I needed to print stuff away from home.

Well the time has come to upgrade to a new computer (with more space and speed etc than current) and I have been trying to find ways to transfer my existing files across.

In my search, I have stumbled across many forums/websites that advise the WD external hdd and the preinstalled software (WD Sync/Dmailer Sync whichever it is now) is not suitable as a backup drive and that if the computer is erased and at any point resync'ed, the data on the external hdd will be deleted. Also many people advise they have lost files as a result of computer crashes etc and cannot retrieve the files from either their WD hdd or their computer. All of which has prompted me to start this thread.

Can anyone please tell me, is there a way to...
1. Transfer my files to my new computer using the WD external hdd? NB. Not as important as I have alternative methods/may start another thread.

2. Turn the WD hdd into a back up drive without purchasing the Dmailer Backup software? (NB. I am not opposed to buying new software but I feel I have been "done" by a highstreet (actually retail park) computer store and I don't par... Read more

A:Use Western Digital external hard drive as a backup drive

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Hello all. This is puzzling me, my windows backup is also backing up one of my external drives (I have 4) as well as my 'C' drive (yes, the one I do want to back up). I am looking all over trying to find where I can stop this. I am backing up to an external drive, and no, its not the same drive that's being backed up. Here is my set-up... Primary Drive "C", external drive "F", external drive "G", external drive "H", external drive "I". The "F" drive is one of my external drives. As you can see in the screen shot, drive C and F are being backed up.
Now, I want to only back up my "C" drive to the "I" drive and have that set to do once per week. That is what I have it set for. I am allowing Windows to choose the files for me. Does someone know why this is happening and how to stop it? Thanks to all for your help.

A:Windows Backup is backing up an external drive as well as my C drive

Windows Backup works in mysterious ways.

That's one of the reason many avoid it. It's not intuitive or easily understood.

It has it's own idea of what needs to be backed up.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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I have had two Maxtor external hard drives fail on my wife's PC. Each one has only lasted 18 months or less. Even though the backup process was easy and automatic I am considering going with a Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive to manually backup important files and images. Is there anything wrong with this method of backup that I'm unaware of?

My wife's PC has genealogy software with lots of files and associated images, etc. (for over 40,000 people), which is about 10GB in size. It is this information that needs to be backed-up whenever additions/changes are made.

I am thinking about replacing the [most recently] expired Maxtor external hard drive with either a 16GB or 32GB Flash USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Thumb-type Drive. Is this a reasonable method for backup? Which GB size would you recommend? Brand?


A:Backup with Flash USB Drive instead or External Hard Drive

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I use an external hdd for data due to frequent carrying. Make backup manually once per 14 days on an other external storage. How can this be a way to relieve automatic incremental backups, so that data on both disks are up to date?
It operates some sw this style?:
1/ primary backup data to another disk
2/ after a certain time comparison of both disks
3/ update backup - only new or changed files (incremental backup)
I tried Beyond Compare, which is great for some users. Especially for someone who wants to have total control over the process. After all, it is more efficient for me to somehow automate= more simplify.
Thanks for the tip

A:Backup external drive

Your topic appears to me to be the same question as your earlier topic here

when a couple of suggestions were offered to you
That said if the OS if Windows 7 then the windows backup - will
After you create your first backup, Windows Backup will add new or changed information to your subsequent backups. If you're saving your backups on a hard drive or network location, Windows Backup will create a new, full backup for you automatically when needed.
It all depends on your requirements and whether you are looking for free software or are prepared to buy.
Many free versions are perfectly adequate for the average user.
The paid for versions offer more options of course.
One of the easiest to use is Easeus Todo
the free version offers both incremental and differential
there is also as you can see a comparison between the free and the paid for version.
The only drawback, as like with most free software, is the popup add when using it for asking you to consider the paid for version, but that is the case with most free software

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I have an external drive with lots of data. If I use it to back up from Windows 7 64 bit, do I lose the fata already on the drive?

Thank you


A:Backup to External drive

Welcome to SevenForums.

Which program do you use for backing up? Keep your data in a seperate partition and backups in a seperate partition on your external drive.

( I use Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 11 to back up to an external drive partition exclusively earmarked for Backups. That way I can monitor and ensure that there is always sufficient space for backups.

I also keep a copy of the most recent backup on a seperate partition (not on the System Partition C drive) in the internal drive and run the WinPE Rescue CD from my bootable pendrive to restore should there be a need, without connecting the external drive.)

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I move my laptop between two locations with docking stations that have eSATAp(owered) ports, and I'm thinking of getting a 240-480GB SSD to carry between the two locations, to make backups on i.e. daily documents and periodic image backups. What I like about this idea is that I can just have a single eSATAp cable at each location, and carrying the 2.5" SSD along with the laptop is trivially easy and less dangerous than a HDD (e.g. if dropped).

My question has to do with use of an SSD in this scenario i.e. are there any down-sides as an external device? Does "TRIM" work with an eSATA drive or don't I care about that?

Any thoughts are welcome.

A:SSD as external backup drive?

If you can afford, sure it`s a fine idea.

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I know this question has been asked before, "What NAS to buy?" My Network consists of:

Windows 7Pro Desktop,
Windows 8.1 Laptop,
Linux based Satellite receiver,
HP Photosmart Printer.

I want to download, and view later films from XBMC or TsMedia. I have shortlisted 3 NAS Enclosures:

Synology, WD and Qnap

Any/all advice appreciated.

A:What NAS/External backup drive?

No problem guys,

I have sorted which NAS to buy. An Asustor, it has all the Apps and pre-installed software I will need for my purpose.

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Windows backup is set up to not allow backups onto the C drive (or whatever drive windows is installed on), which generally makes sense. But I have a C drive with a lot of empty space, and an external hard drive that I need to back up. So... is there any way to get around the default behavior so I can back up FROM the external drive TO the C drive?

A:How to backup FROM external drive TO main drive

I guess you have a couple of options:

1. Make a folder on the C partition and copy to folder from the external drive to that folder.

2. Shrink the C partition with Disk Management to gain unallocated space. Then define a new simple partition in that space. Use this partition as target for the Windows backup.

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I'm an accidental techie for a charity; Forgive me if this is not in the right forum.....wasn't quite sure....I bought a Seagate external
hard drive that the young man at Best Buy said I could back up my four
person network to. He said I would have to do it manually which I tried to
do using the backup feature in Windows XP. It won't back up to the E
drive. My error message is “This set cannot be catalogued because the media containing the set data is missing” Can someone please in English tell me what I'm missing? Is there
software that is supposed to be involved? I've been looking all over the
net for an answer but everything seems to be going over my head and now I'm just tired and cranky! Thanks, Robin

A:Backup to External Hard Drive

Cobian Backup will do the trick. It's free and will run rings around Windows backup.

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I have a external drive that I used for backup with XP. What do I need to do to make it work with windows 8? How do I get win to recognize it? It is a IDE drive and is connected via USB.


A:Connecting External Backup Drive

What happens when you plug it in?

If the answer is nothing, I would try installing the drivers using compatibility mode XP SP3.

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I need to learn more about backups. Bottom line is what do I do right now to make sure what I need is saved, because there's some indications that my hardware may be failing. But I want to do it right from the git-go so I don't waste a lot of time redoing things.

Here's where I'm at:

A) I have read the 1/26/06 thread started by cway's question--["Originally Posted by cway I am a 'Novice' to Backups, but am trying to learn..."]. It all seems to make sense to me.

B) Now I want to use what Stallcup (in that post) suggests as the 3rd option--["3) You want to avoid having to reinstall WinXP and have the quick, less labor intensive way of frequently backing up programs files and data." namely "frequently clone the system HDD to the backup HDD. In this way, if the system HDD gets corrupted, I can clone the backup HDD back to the system HDD"]

C) I have MAJOR concerns about what Bob Cerelli mentions about having outdated datafiles backed up--["...data has changed since the image was made, you will have old data restored. But a lot depends on how the computer is orgainized. For example, if just the OS and programs are on one partition which is imaged, and data on another, then restoring that first partition it will not affect data."] I have ADD-like memory problems about when I back up what, and I can't afford to overwrite new data with old...

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A:More Backup Questions--got the external drive. Now what?

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Apologies beforehand. Just about to go to work so I didn't have time to look properly before posting this question.

I'm about to install win7 ultimate 64bit to replace the trial 32bit version I was using.
Will I be able to reinstall software backed-up on my external drive or will I need to redownload etc?


A:Using backup on external drive after upgrade

If you saved everything on an external the programs must be reinstalled. You will need the DVD, and key if required. That is the only drawback of a clean install, but it is worth the trouble many times over.
Everything else can be tranferred via the image.

If you are going from 32 to 64 there is no option you must do a clean install.

Good luck

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my restoration disc was damaged from dell, so I used my laptop vista, then installed windows xp pro with service pack 2. Of course had problems, kept telling me to repartition the drive. Now I have 4 drives,

Drive 0: SATA-0
Id:WDC WD1600JS-75NCB3 Capacity=160GB, this system is controlled by System BIOS.

Drive1: SATA-2, Controller=Serial ATA Port=SATA-2

Drive 2: PATA-0, Controller=Parallel ATA Port=PATA-0 (PRI IDE Master),

Drive 3: PATA-1 Controller=PARALLEL ATA, Port=PATA-1 (PRI IDE Slave),

SATA OPERATION: this field configures the operating mode of the integrated hard dribe controller. It is factory default set to RAID AUTOdetect/ATA.

The partitions are as follows:
Volume Layout Type FileSystem Status Capacity FreeSpace %Free
- Partition Basic FAT Healthy 47MB 47MB 100%
C """ " NTFS Healthy 15.01GB 570MB 3%
D """ " - Healthy 131.95GB 131.95GB 100%
Media Drive Partition Basic FAT32 UnknownPartition 2.00GB 2.00GB 100%

I have backed up my programs & files to an external hard drive, but my friend said even if I repartition to have just one partition, when I copy everything back onto my c drive it will come back in with all those partitions again.
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A:backup on external drive then repartition

If you have all of your data backed up on an external drive then just delete all 4 partitions and create one partition for your xp pro.

Your C drive should have the largest space becuase that is where most of your programs will install to.


You can also do it through disk management Utility


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Hi. I have a Lenovo 3000 laptop which works well reading info from any external USB pluged in device, ie my Nokia N95 phone, floopy disc drive, hard disc drive,etc. But when I want to transfer files to the devices, I have no luck at all. I have read the 'Dummies book' and just don't seem to get the pages that are supposed to come up. For example: I wanted to backup to an external hard drive, I should have a choice of where I want to save it to, but I only get the internal CD burner. Same goes for my phone. I get all the info from it, but can't pit anything in it. I tried bluetooth etc., but still only one way traffic! I've checked that the devices are installed correctly etc., but must be doinng something wrong. Can anyone help please?

A:Can't backup to external hard drive, or anything else!

What messages (if any) are you receiving when the copy or move attempt is made?

What method do you use i.e. drag 'n drop from one device to the other?

Some applications automatically default to the CD Burner as the target device as that is where they think you will want to put it.

Is there a small black down arrow beside the burner name or a browse button that will let you dig into the PC to find other devices to back up to.

It can be pretty tricky copying/moving to some external devices such as mobiles, PDA's etc. as they ofteh have their own little ways of doing it.

Some of them use the import/export technique that usually comes under FILE on the application itself when opened.

Can you copy/move from one folder on the HDD to another without any problems and is it only the external ones you are having difficulty with.

On my owm mobile and PDA, there is no way the normal copy procedure works such as using My Computer to drag 'n drop files to the ext devices.

A bit more detail here would help in terms of the exact steps you are taking to try to complete the copy/move procedures.

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I am looking at external drives for making system backups and additional storage. The storage part and copying data files are easy, but the backup/restore side of the equation for Windows XP is harder.

Let's assume that I made a full (XP, registry, everything) backup of my C: drive onto the external drive and my internal drive crashed. I install a new drive.

Would I need to install XP and all of my software onto the new drive first in order to run the restore software? If I did that, then did a file-by-file restore of both data and software files from the external drive, would there be problems?

I know software installs set up shop all over the place in Windows, including the registry and other places. Am I better off installing all of my software from scratch and restoring data files only?

Would I be able to restore a FAT32 file-by-file backup to a new NTFS drive? I know an image backup has to go to a like file system.

Installing all of the apps could take days, but a complete restore could be done in a few hours. Any thoughts?

A:XP Backup/Restore using an external drive

Can't answer that without knowing what you used to make the image file of "C" drive. If Ghost or Acronis True Image , you need to make a rescue boot disk after installing the program (Ghost the install cd is one) and then you put in a new hard drive and simply restore the image file to it. NT Backup no you have to install XP first before restoring the image file.

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Hello sevenforums members,

I want to backup my system and then do a clean Windows 10 installation, so my whole system is fresh after installing Windows 10.
Is there a good way to do that?
My real question is: How does the backup on an external hard drive look.
Does it backup in a seperate backup folder, because I have more things stored on that EHD.
Thanks in advance

Greets Ruud

A:How does a backup on an external hard drive look like.

I would use Macrium Reflect from here:
Macrium Reflect Free
Look at the tutorial and the use "create an Image" rather than cloning your disc. Make sure you then create a rescue CD . The tutorial tells you how. If you have any doubts as to how this works come back here for guidance. It is important to get it right. It is always a good idea to create a backup image from time to time on a regular basis. Then if you are unlucky enough to have a major crash you can be back up and running within the hour.

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On a computer using Windows 7 64 bit. When using external hard drives for data backup. Is it better to format them for MBR or GPT?

I know MBR is old. And I believe the GPT has redundant partition tables. Though have read of some people having trouble getting data off of drives with GPT as the partitions are "protected".

I thought of going with GPT as it has redundant partition tables, whereas MBR only has a single partition table that if it gets corrupted. That can/will screw the whole drive up and the data on it.

I only use these hard drives for data backup.

A:External backup hard drive, should it be MBR or GPT?

This is something you really have to research and decide for yourself. So many variables.


GPT vs. MBR: How the humble drive partition led to the larger hard drives we all love | PCWorld

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Anyone know of a relialbe 120gb external backup disk drive for XP? $150 or less?

A:Reliable 120 GB external backup drive

There are plenty of 120gig drives that you can buy in the $60-80 range, and USB 2.0 cases for 3.5" drives start around $20.

The "reliable" part is a loaded question, since hard drives are probably the most fragile thing on your computer. They work pretty well, but it's NOT wise to have a single copy of important data on a single hard disk, because someday it will fail.

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I back up all my changed folders (usually 2 or 3) every evening to an external hard drive. Is it advisable to have the ext. HD plugged into the laptop all the time [usb], or should I plug it in just for the backup operation which never takes more than 2 or 3 minutes? Thanks in advance.

A:External backup hard drive

I would keep it removed.

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I've tried Ubuntu from a cd, and decided to do do a full install alongside XP.

I've backed up my HD to an external HD.

I wanted to see if I had a good backup, so tried to boot up from the external HD - but my screen just goes blanc.

Start/my compter/e-drive shows that I have a backup file - if I click on that, the backup/restore wizzard opens. Not sure I want to restore - i just want to check all my data is safe.

How can I check that all my data is safe on the external HD before proceeding with the Linux install?



A:Backup to external hard drive.

What software did you use to back up the XP install?

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I have set up automatic backup in Vista to an external hard drive on USB2. I turn the power of to my PC equipment nightly through a Belkin surge master including the external drive. On powering up the external drive runs but my PC does not register it, PC boots ok. I have to turn the external drive off and on again for recognition on my PC, this prevents auto backp from working correctly. When external drive is turned on/off it works well. Any suggestions would be helpful.

A:problem with external drive for backup

Mine does the same. Why not just turn off the external HDD when you turn off the PC, and turn back on the external when you turn back on your computer?

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Can anyone recommend a reliable external hard drive backup for a laptop. Preferably an automatic one about 500 GB.

A:External Hard Drive Backup

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My external backup drive is a SimpleTech StorageSync unit used with an XP OS. I recently purchased a Dell 64 bit desktop. Can I just connect the backup drive to the new PC or should I make other adjustments?

A:external backup drive connection

I would think you can just reconnect assuming you have the proper connection point on the new PC.

See if it then shows up in Windows Disk Management.

I assume the external is just used to store personal data?

Might be a different answer if you are using any of the software that may have come with the external.

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I'm trying to backup my Windows XP PC to an external 150G hard drive which has two 74G partitions - one formatted for my Mac (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)) and the other for PC (MS-DOS FAT(32), or Windows NT File System (NTFS)). I created the partitions using the Mac. I use Time Machine to backup the Mac. I tried using the Backup Tool in Windows but it stops when it reaches 4G of the partition and tells me to insert a floppy disk to continue. How else can I backup my computer to the external drive?

A:How to backup onto external hard drive

NT Backup has known limitations, but the 4GB file size limitation is a FAT32 known characteristic.



I suggest converting the FAT32 partition to NTFS.


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I'm new to this, and already posted this under "Other Software" but this looks like a better place for it.

I have spent at least 12 hours with six different tech folks at Norton and the bottom line is that the last guy told me that it is no longer possible with version 2 to back up files that exist on an external drive (laptop is NOT on a network). In version 1, I could "Add a Folder" from an external drive and it would back up fine. I have been told that this feature no longer exists, but I just can't believe it. What I suspect is happening is that Norton360 has somehow latched on to the notion that I am part of a network since I am using a wireless router (Norton "Help" does state that network drives cannot be backed up). SO, my questions are: Is it, indeed true that Norton360 has removed the ability to backup files from an external drive? AND, if this ability still exists: How do I make this happen?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

A:Norton 360 backup from external drive

epm001 said:

I'm new to this, and already posted this under "Other Software" but this looks like a better place for it.

I have spent at least 12 hours with six different tech folks at Norton and the bottom line is that the last guy told me that it is no longer possible with version 2 to back up files that exist on an external drive (laptop is NOT on a network). In version 1, I could "Add a Folder" from an external drive and it would back up fine. I have been told that this feature no longer exists, but I just can't believe it. What I suspect is happening is that Norton360 has somehow latched on to the notion that I am part of a network since I am using a wireless router (Norton "Help" does state that network drives cannot be backed up). SO, my questions are: Is it, indeed true that Norton360 has removed the ability to backup files from an external drive? AND, if this ability still exists: How do I make this happen?

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Hi epm001,

This is Mike from the Norton Authorized Support Team responding to your posting. The information you received from the last representative that you spoke with is correct.

While you can still add files and folders from local, attached drives to your backup set, you are not able to add files or folders from a removable drive in Norton 360 version 2.0 to the backup set. You can still choose an external drive as your backup location if you prefer.

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Boris6, welcome to the forum. When requesting help you should always include the make/model (i.e. p6-xxxx) of the computer and/or monitor. This information is necessary for us to review the specifications of them.

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Is there a free program that would enable me to backup various family members computers to an external hard drive (I fresh install, run all updates, update driver, put in some of their software like Google Chrome, etc.) and whenever they run into problems I just load that image? Is there a program for that? I'd like to be able to place multiple system on my 2tb external hard drive.

Thanks for your help.

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Hi there is a list of free programs here Best free backup software: 11 programs we recommend | News | TechRadar
2,5,6,9.10 are better known

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Hi, I'm trying to use the Windows 7 Backup to generate a backup which I want to export to my external hard drive. But it keeps failing, is there a way I can use some other program of find a solution?

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Quote: Originally Posted by rosefox911

Hi, I'm trying to use the Windows 7 Backup to generate a backup which I want to export to my external hard drive. But it keeps failing, is there a way I can use some other program of find a solution?

2 great programs: Macrium Reflex (free)
Acronis (30 day free trial)

Both are highly promoted by members of this forum.

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I have been successfully backing-up to my Freecom hard drive classic 3.5 500GB via Windows Live however the drive keeps on filling up rather than overwriting/updating the current data, which is what I'd assumed was supposed to happen.

Is this how it goes or have I missed something? The only option I have is to delete the current data and start again every month which is a bit of a pain!

Kind Regards,


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I have not used this particular program - but many other backup/imaging programs. Usually they let you specify the amount of storage you want to give them. Although reading thru the documentation of your program it appears that it grabs 25GBs per default.
Did it in your case already store more than 25GBs of data?

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I'm new to posting and I hope I am doing this correctly, but I think I've stumbled on what looks like a good source for Norton360 support. I have spent at least 12 hours with six different tech folks at Norton and the bottom line is that the last guy told me that it is no longer possible with version 2 to back up files that exist on an external drive (laptop is NOT on a network). In version 1, I could "Add a Folder" from an external drive and it would back up fine. I have been told that this feature no longer exists, but I just can't believe it. What I suspect is happening is that Norton360 has somehow latched on to the notion that I am part of a network since I am using a wireless router (Norton "Help" does state that network drives cannot be backed up). SO, my questions are: Is it, indeed true that Norton360 has removed the ability to backup files from an external drive? AND, if this ability still exists: How do I make this happen?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

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I am considering getting an external drive to backup my PC to. I would not just want to back up my documents and files, but also my settings. The problem is that I would be backing up from a Windows 7 (32-bit) PC, but if my computer failed and I had to buy a new one, it would most likely be Windows 8.1, or later (64-bit).

I have 3 questions:-

1) What is the best external drive for this purpose (transfer speed would be important)?

2) What is the best cable to use and what do I need to check (compatibility etc.) before buying it?

3) What is the best software to use, given the fact that:-
a) I would most likely be restoring from Windows 7 (32-bit) to Windows 8.1 or later (64-bit) and
b) I would like to get software that is easy to use i.e utilises "user speak" rather than "techie speak".

Also, I've heard the term "system image". Other than my own documents and files, is this what I am looking for?


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This one is free and should be easy to use EaseUS Todo Backup software for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows Server/Workstation/PC
Amazon has plenty of external HDD's http://www.amazon.co.uk/External-Har...node=430544031 they are usually usb so if you have a usb 3 port then use a usb 3 drive if not then usb 2 and they generally have the cables. I used Amazon as you can pick the size and type in the left hand column, But you can buy anywhere that suits you.

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I have a couple big WD external drives for backing up my pc's and the backup software they came with I'm finding seems difficult to deal with (WD smartware I think it's called). Can anyone recommend an effective and simple backup software which will allow one huge backup then weekly followups to just keep the backup up to date (and not have to repeat backing up already backed up data).

Advice appreciated!

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I have an external backup disk drive that for some reason has too much on it. I need to format it and start over. I have done it before but forgot how. Please help.

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If it is an internal HDD, you just right click the device, say aftering clicking "My coomputer", and choose "format".

Your question prompted me to power up my HDD to check it for my self.

Just the same.

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I had always thought Acronis was good, but I see many bad reviews for recovery/UI. Any ideas? Many thanks!Edit: Moved topic from Business Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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I had always thought Acronis was good, but I see many bad reviews for recovery/UI. Any ideas? Many thanks!Edit: Moved topic from Business Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal
Thanks, sorry I thought this was business related. Where did you move it?

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I've been using a salvaged hard drive from an old PC (with an enclosure) for my external file back-up.

As it's getting long in the tooth, and capacity is getting pinched, I want to explore a new one (say... 1 to 2 TB range).

I know there's lots of them out there from different manufacturers, but hoped to get a few recommendations from this esteemed forum.

Or maybe it's just all about price given the technology itself is quite "commodity."

Thanks for any input on what to consider.

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First off, I apologize if I selected the wrong sub-forum to post this question in, but I really couldn't decide for sure which one might be the most appropriate.

I have an HP Pavilion desktop with Windows XP Home SP2. I am interested in learning more about the procedure of backing up my system to an external drive in case of computer failure. I know so little about this (in fact, not one thing), that I don't even know where to begin, or how to make an intelligent selection of hardware. I have come here seeking advice on recommended reading material, recommended external drives, and where I could purchase one, and any other advice that might be helpful to me. I have had this PC for a few years now. The time spent "tweaking" it to just the way I like it (the hundreds and hundreds of options, setting up Firefox the way I want, etc.) are more hours than I can count. My goal, if it is possible, is to have the peace of mind that if this PC ever fails, I can have it repaired, or even replaced, and then be able to make it just like this one. And, of course, all of my important data, too.

Thank you to all who take the time to reply.

A:Creating An External Backup Drive For My Xp Pc

I would recommend starting at http://newegg.com they have a good choice of external hard drives. I would probably go with a western digital used them for years many models never had a problem. Look at the starts and the number of people that bought that model. I mean one thats been bought 500 times with 5 stars probably is a safe bet, if you don't understand the technical aspect. With the prices in hard drives I might recommend a 500GB hard drive as that seems to be were the pivot point in prices are, but at the very least make sure your external is at least as big as the computer you are trying to back up. From what you are describing you want to make a disk image an exact copy of the computer in its current state.Some paid software to do this would be Norton ghost.Some free software would be Clonezilla.As well as many others that could be found with a simple Google search.Hope this is a starting point feel free to PM me if you need more help.

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I have an internal dvd drive that I have had for a couple of years. It is a read only and I'm able to watch movies on my computer. My question is if I up grade my comp. and get and external dvd drive can I still watch movies and buck up data? I am wondering if you can get the stereo sound also with an external dvd or should I just get another internal with a sound cable to watch dvd movies?

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Yes you will still be able to watch movies and back up your data. No sound cable needed for stereo.

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I have documents on Word Perfect , and have not been able to copy, or backup, to my Iomega external hard drive.I have tried right clicking on the particular page in that program,looking for a "copy" and then "Paste" to the location of the esternal hard drive.
What have I overlooked?. I have little or no problem with backing up other material.


Oneoldman ...Very!

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What happens? Is the file in use?

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I use my external hard drive for back up purposes. I manually did a back up on Jan 31 just by copying the files over to the external drive. I now want to back up all the changes to my master files on my PC hard drive as of Feb 1.

Is there a way for me to do this without having to manually go through each folder or overwrite every single file all over again?

Also, through a disk check, my system found some sector errors and truncated some of my files (I think mainly some jpg files) on my external drive. Is there a way to find out which files were impacted so I can overwrite just those with the still good master files?

Makes me feel like I need umpteen backups just to make sure at least some of them survive the various problems that crop up!

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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