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What is the best way to backup the entire C drive, software, too, onto DVD-rs?

Q: What is the best way to backup the entire C drive, software, too, onto DVD-rs?

Hi! I have a Microsoft Update problem: Error code:80072EFD. Have decided to backup entire drive. Then, reinstall from Hp recovery manager recovery discs i've just made. Then, with automatic update working, one hopes, to reinstall the rest. Now, it is this "rest" that is the problem. Vista Home Premium backup, it seems is selective, neglects program files, etc.. I want to take all of my C drive, software too, and put it on DVD-Rs. Maybe the D partition as well, though the HP Recovery Manager may have already done that with the Recovery discs i've just made. If done within Vista, will running programs, OS, etc., vitiate total transfer of files? What would be the best freeware utility for the task? Thank you.

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A: What is the best way to backup the entire C drive, software, too, onto DVD-rs?

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Originally Posted by derritrane


Hi! I have a Microsoft Update problem: Error code:80072EFD. Have decided to backup entire drive. Then, reinstall from Hp recovery manager recovery discs i've just made. Then, with automatic update working, one hopes, to reinstall the rest. Now, it is this "rest" that is the problem. Vista Home Premium backup, it seems is selective, neglects program files, etc.. I want to take all of my C drive, software too, and put it on DVD-Rs. Maybe the D partition as well, though the HP Recovery Manager may have already done that with the Recovery discs i've just made. If done within Vista, will running programs, OS, etc., vitiate total transfer of files? What would be the best freeware utility for the task? Thank you.




Hi -

Error code 0x80072efd has to do with Internet connectivity issues dealing with the Microsoft servers for Vista installation activation. This is most likely the reason for Microsoft Update problems.

You cannot back up the entire Vista OS c: drive then simply copy it back after using the HP OEM Vista recovery DVDs. It will never work.

You can only back up files in your user profile folders - documents, pics, music, etc... ALL programs will have to be re-installed after you re-install Vista.

The HP recovery manager is among the worst piece of software that you can ever use for file backups - even those from the user profile folders. I can show you "horror threads" where many users have used the HP R/Mgr only to learn after the fact that the files can't be or will not restore. I myself ran several tests trying to help in this matter and failed each time. I make backups simply by copying the files to an external USB hard drive as they are.

The HP OEM Vista recovery DVDs (that you burn) or the recovery partition (drive d: ) is also not immune from problems. Both went south on me and I ended up ordering a replacement set from HP and all went well. The system was successfully restored.

If you are doing all of this b/c of error 0x80072efd, I would suggest that you contact Microsoft and activate your Vista installation. You will need your product key code that should be on the bottom of the system if a laptop; on the back if desktop. You should also run the Belarc Advisor as it contains information on all devices in your system, the actual product key codes, a list of Windows Updates and a list of installed programs. Run it before doing anything else.

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

If there are other problems, issues, concerns or questions, please let me know and I will try and answer them for you.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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EDIT: Apologies - forgot to include the Microsoft KB on this particular error - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/925616

You may not have received the exact error message specified, but you will find the error code in the KB.

JC

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Hello, folks! I want to back up my ENTIRE PC to an external HD. By entire, I mean the whole XP Pro OS, settings, programs, every last byte and bit.Is there a freeware backup program or a reliable software program with a GOOD track record which anyone can recommend?Thanks!Sandy GerliEdit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Backup ENTIRE HD, What Software??

The best disk imaging software is Acronis True Image, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect.
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

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Hi,

I use Windows 7's built in back up feature to backup my libraries and a system image every week. I partitioned my external hard drive so that the backup files are stored seperately from my other files on the drive.

Windows 7 gives me 2 options of how to manage the space. Either 'Only store the most recent backup' or 'Let Windows manage my space (Max 60GB)' (See screenshot)

I would like to know if there is a way to set it to use the full 200GB of the partition. Is this possible?

Thanks in advance,
Caleb

A:Make Windows Backup use entire drive

Hello Caleb,

By default, the maximum size will only be up to 30% of the total free space on the HDD or partition that you have the system image saved to. Unfortunately 30% of 200GB is 60GB. The only way to have more space available is to increase the size of the partition.

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All:I am trying to include the entire contents of the C drive minus the program files, and windows folder in my capture data task sequence..It seems to be including just the "typical" file extensions, txt, doc, xls, etc... Could someone assist me on this one?Here's the code I have below in my "miguserspecial.xml" file






  <!-- This component migrates user files with known extension--> 

    <component type="Documents" context="System">  

        <displayName _locID="miguser.userdata">User Data</displayName> 

        <role role="Data">  

            <rules> 

                <include> 

                    <objectSet> 

            <!-- <script>MigXmlHelper.GenerateDrivePatterns ("* [*.*]", "Fixed")</script>--> 

             <pattern type="File"> C:\* [*] </pattern> 

 

                    </objectSet> 

                </include> 

                <exclude> 

                    <objectSet> 

                        <pattern type... Read more

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Synctoy was suggested to me on a previous thred of mine for easier backup of files without duplications. So I used synctoy to backup my documents, pics, and music to external drive with ease.

But I would also like to backup software such as my operating system-
Windows Vista, my HP printer software, Mcafee ect using synctoy.

I did backup up my entire drive when I first got my backup drive. But there have been software updates since then and some software additions.

Is it possible to use synctoy to backup the above types of software. If yes, any help on how to do that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
 

A:Solved: synctoy v2.0-backup entire drive?

You would be better off using Acronis True Image.
 

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i just bought a new computer running windows 7 home edition. my question is, can windows 7 make an entire image of my hard drive including (and this important) the recovery partition? If It can can anyone please tell me how. i need to have a complete backup of my hard drive in case of hard drive failure. Your help is greatly appreaciated.
elcoppo

A:backup entire hard drive including partitions

  
Quote: Originally Posted by elcoppo


i just bought a new computer running windows 7 home edition. my question is, can windows 7 make an entire image of my hard drive including (and this important) the recovery partition? If It can can anyone please tell me how. i need to have a complete backup of my hard drive in case of hard drive failure. Your help is greatly appreaciated.
elcoppo


A better backup program than Windows backup is Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download It backups whole partitions. You just need to tell it which ones to backup and on what schedule and it does the rest. I have restored my partitions several times and have never had a problem. A large portion of the members here use Macrium. You need a large HDD for the backups as it makes an image of all of your partition on each backup, not incrementals unless you use the pay version of it. I bought a 500 GB drive that I use for only backups and delete the older ones every few weeks. I think you will like it.

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Following a hardware upgrade we reinstalled software and attempted to restore data from the old drive now housed in an external caddy. Everything was able to be accessed apart from payroll backups.

The backup payroll files, indeed all the files within the payroll directory can not be moved even using Windows Explorer...the error message "Access Denied Make sure the disk is not full or write-protected and that the file is not currently in use" keeps appearing. No other files on the drive seem to be affected.

Is there any way we can change the access rights to this directory? The software in question is Sage Payroll (current version).

A:Access denied to entire directory on backup drive

Hi Dalwhat and welcome to TSF !

Try to take ownership of the folder and see if it helps :
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

If you're using XP Home you'll need to restart the computer in safe mode and log as the administrator for the security tab to appear.

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Backup/Restore Procedures (as done by RolandJS)
Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time ... Read more

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** Admin/Mods: I cannot find my original thread! If found, I will gladly update that thread and ask that this thread be deleted.**

Backup/Restore Procedures (as done by RolandJS)

Have been paying closer attention to my external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI (Acronis) or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
In order to maximize the idea of restorable backups, minimize the idea of failures in backup and/or restores, I've been doing the following...
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x(ddd)C, data partitions S0x(ddd)D, x being computer number (1 2 or 3), ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty(*), the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. WDE1, WDE2. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. (* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.)
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD ... Read more

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I have a new HP Pavillion Elite HPE with 920 GB of memory running Windows 7. I am an average computer user. I have a WD external backup drive with 1TB memory. I don't like the backup software that comes with the computer. I can't access anything to see how old the files are. The only option is to restore. Thank God I haven't had to do that. I have the files important to me backed up manually. I tried Nova backup but all I had was a bunch (really- a bunch) of files again that I couldn't access. I had a copy of Norton Ghost that wouldn't work with my old XP computer so I tried it on this one. After days with support manipulating my computer, going through three people to the software engineer, they could not make Ghost work on my (64? whatever) computer.

I don't know if I need a mirror or clone or whatever I've been reading about that I don't understand. I have plenty of room on the backup drive and have CD's and DVD's that will restore, I think. Best Buy made me some when I bought it and the computer made me make some as well when I got home. I can manually do a system backup less my files that doesn't change. So what I really want to do is to find a software that will enable me to choose the files I want to that sometimes change (My Documents) and have those backup on a regular basis. I also want to have those so I can go to my M drive (backup drive) and see my files just like in windows explorer. That way, if anything does happen, I know my files are alright and if I have ... Read more

A:Is there a backup software that transfers files I can read on my backup drive?

and welcome to the Forum

I use Syncback for that:

SyncBack Freeware - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

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Changing entire ownership of entire hard drive any risks etc ?

I am using method of

Right click entire hdd

Properties
Security
Advanced
Change owner
Advanced
Find now

Name - In Folder
Users - Computername(mine is for example Furkan)
Ok this makes me even able to enter inside of System Volume Information folder

Can this cause any problems in future?

For example if i format windows can i still access these harddisks without any problem ?

Are there any details, detailed information, article about ownership of files / folders on windows 8 ?

ty very much

Windows 8.1 x64
Also changing windows having driver - boot driver ownership from Trustedinstaller to user would cause any problem ?

A:Changing entire ownership of entire hard drive any risks e

When I took ownership of C:\ There were numerous popups saying it was unable to take ownership of various folders & subfolders.

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I formatted my external usb drive and I'm using it as a back up drive b/c my internals are stuffed. Isn't the purpose of backup software mainly to schedule your backups? I don't necessarily need that so...
 

A:Do I need software to use a backup drive?

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I got a My Passport Essential SE a few months ago and I've never got around in setting up the backup.

I just searched around and read that their smartware stuff is actually crapware.
If so, I would like to use some other backup software but I have no idea which free one is good and can provide live backup.

I will update the firmware of the drive and hide the smartware contents soon but for now, i am considering options of drive backup software.

any suggestions ?

A:Free backup software for a WD Drive?

WD comes with Acronis which is one of the best backup software you can get

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Hello,
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!
Kenny
 

A:best software to backup pc to external drive

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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?

T

A:Backup Software & External Drive

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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So I'm headed off to college next year and have started looking at ways to save my files in case something happens. I purchased a 4 yr Crashplan+ plan, which I now use to automatically backup my entire user folder. I also automatically backup the same info (pics, music, and docs mainly) to two external hard drives onsite. I really want to know if that is all I need to back up? Should I worry about backing up the entire hard drive, if so whats a good free program to do so? Thanks for you help.

A:how to/ should i backup entire disk?

So I'm headed off to college next year and have started looking at ways to save my files in case something happens. I purchased a 4 yr Crashplan+ plan, which I now use to automatically backup my entire user folder. I also automatically backup the same info (pics, music, and docs mainly) to two external hard drives onsite. I really want to know if that is all I need to back up? Should I worry about backing up the entire hard drive, if so whats a good free program to do so? Thanks for you help.And your operating system is........?

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I have 2 HD.

I would like my second drive to be an exact copy of my main drive.

My goal is to be able to use my second drive as my main drive in case my main drive fails.

Is there any software that allows such a backup? Free if possible.
 

A:How to backup entire disk?

Vista and 7 (I believe) have a native backup utility. But they do not copy system files. For that you need a third party solution.

Since this is not a Windows Vista / Windows 7 issue, it would be more appropriate in a different forum. Click the Report link and request to have it moved.
 

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I am trying to find a program that will back up my entire computer to the littlest thing. I am planning on refomatting my hard drive but I dont want to lose anything. I am a pretty big gamer and I am trying to not lose any of my saved games, characters etc. Is there a way to do this? Thanks a lot.

I am running XP Pro, SP2
 

A:Backup entire computer

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I would like to backup the hard drive on my laptop to dvd before I reformat it to reinstall the OS. I was wondering if there is any program that can backup my hard drive to DVDs and then later restore a bootable hard drive on its own. I don't want something that requires an OS pre-installed to do a restore (just in case my installation fails). I would prefer something that I can just boot off of that doesn't require an OS to restore the computer. Any ideas?

Thanks,
Jerry
 

A:Software to backup and restore the hard drive

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After having abandoned my 35 GB Sony AIT Tape drive when I upgraded to Windows 7 as its backup software no longer supports tape drives, I just bought an HP LTO5 1.5 TB tape drive but will need to get a backup program. The HP page says you get a free download but I don't know if I'll be able to since I bought the drive used.

What backup programs support LTO tape drives and have these features:

Absolute necesscity:
-Ability to backup open files
-Ability to do incremental backups

Would be nice:
-Be able to restore without having to re-install Windows first
-Ability to set scheduled backups set to be on specific tapes and if the wrong tape is in it will request the correct one

I'd like the software to ideally be free but otherwise under $100.

Thanks

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New desktop with Windows 7 (64 bit) Home Premium.

I want to use a system backup to a 1 or 2 TB external hard drive. Should I use the software within Windows 7 or the software that comes with the external hard drive or other?

Is there a brand of hard drive whose software you can recommend?

Thanks, cb

A:Software for Backup to External Hard Drive

abredt,
Welcome to SF. I would suggest Acronis software personally. What make is the hard drive and included software? I've also used the W7 back up and found if very capable.

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Hello Gang,

I just bought a new external hard drive from Transcend. It has a "one-touch backup" system that has a software to backup my computer. It seems really good from what I have been reading from the manual. It also says that it can encrypt it with 256-AES.

However, I am debating to whether use the software on the device or just use Windows Backup. I have Ultimate, so I can use BitLocker for an encryption solution here.

Also, I believe the Hard Drive is in FAT format. Should I change it to NTFS??

Thank you guys, I apologize for asking lots of questions..

A:Should I use Hard Drive's Software, or Windows Backup?

It's a matter of personal choice as to which backup software you use, but if you can't decide either way, you can use both.

For example, you could use Windows to create a system image, and then use Transcend's software to create incremental backups of of your personal data.

As for the hard drive's format, change it to NTFS as it can handle larger cluster sizes and it will be quicker. You can use the Windows Disk Management utility to do it, just delete the existing FAT partition then create a new NTFS one and give it a quick format.

In fact, you could create two partitions on it: one for a full system image backup and the other for incremental backups of your personal stuff.

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Hi

(1) External HDD

Looking for advice/recommendations for a powered external hard drive, to sit on the desk rather than portable.

My hard drive failed a couple of weeks back: luckily most files were backed up online. What I missed was a quicker way of retrieving them instead of downloading... fast broadband where I am isn't very fast! Still not quite through getting it back. Something here would be much easier in an emergency, with the online as a fallback. I did have this "double cover" with an external drive, but sod's law -- it bit the dust a few months ago and I hadn't got round to replacing it. After years without problems I'd got a bit complacent, thinking 'oh well, it's backed up online'. Well, most of it was (not quite all) and it saved my bacon, but I won't make the same mistake again!

The one I had, from quite a few years ago so it did extremely well, was a Maxtor/Seagate One-Touch with its own backup software and power supply, but if the new one doesn't have inbuilt software I can get that separately (see below).

As it's for the desk, I'd rather have something robust, not small, light and flimsy that could easily be knocked or pulled off. The Maxtor was good as it was chunky and weighty (about 1.5 kg). A good shape as it didn't have flat smooth surfaces like I see now: the metal casing was itself mostly encased in a protective nonslip rubbery-like compound (protection against knocks and dr... Read more

A:(1) Which external hard drive? (2) Backup software

I've got a couple 2 tb external passports; one WD, one Seagate, and use MS's Synchtoy to synch them each Friday (keep on at work, one at home).......that's always treated me fine.

I'm sure that there are better options for synch software, but got used to this with xp, never got rid of it.....
 

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anyone recommend any software to backup a complete partition or drive to another partition or drive

i have 13gb on my C drive & want to duplicate to new hard drive - both are SATA

i have tried symantec ghost corporate edition but although the boot disk creates OK, it won't boot to it.....it gets all the way thru loading cd drivers etc. but seems to hang at the "loading...." point. i think it is trying to load the ghost.exe software in dos but it just won't go past it.

i have tried 2 or 3 floppies in case they were corrupt & taking some RAM out.

if i ctrl+alt+del when it is in hang state it says "invalid stack parameter" (or similar - i forget)....."system halted"
 

A:wohat software to backup hard drive

Shenty

Have u tried to get in touch with symantec ? The reason that I ask is that You are going to need some DOS drivers to access SATA drives under DOS - and Thats where GHOST lives. If it can't see your drives, it will never back them up. I have been using GHost for a couple of years and if it can see the drives it works pretty good. I did not check the symantec web, give it a shot - maybe they have a driver for u.

Storage_man
 

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I have a dual-boot system, Win-7 Ultimate and Windows-ME (needed for old software). Both operating systems are located on a single 80 GB IDE hard drive that has two primary partitions, one NTFS for Win-7 and the other FAT-32 for Win-ME. (Win-ME requires FAT-32.) All data files are on separate physical hard drives. My need is to be able to backup The ENTIRE Windows-7 partition including the system and all installed programs. As installed, that partition has some 30 GB occupied on a 42GB partition.

Windows-7 won't allow me to create an image of the entire drive because one of the partitions is FAT-32. I don't need to image the whole drive, only the NTFS partition that contains the installed Windows-7 system and software.

When I use Windows-7 backup (no imaging) to back up my Windows-7 system and programs it appears to run and complete but the resulting backup file is only about 1.7 GB in size. This leads me to suspect that everything (maybe most everything) did not get backed up. The size difference between the backup file and the space taken by the installed system and software on the boot disk is too great.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can get a COMPLETE backup of all my Windows-7 system files and installed programs?

Thank you.

A:Need a way to backup entire Win-7 boot sector ONLY.

Windows backup files never show their true size as most files are hidden/locked, firstly try to open each folder and subfolders within the backup directory confirming access as you open each for the first time. After you have opened all folders (there aren't many) when you look at properties the true size of the backup will be revealed.
You can look inside the backup after it has been created heres the tutorial to do that
System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management
Backup - Manually Extract Files from in Vista & Windows 7

If that doesn't work I would try using a third party app like acronis to clone the disk but im not sure if it would definitely work or if it will allow you separate the fat partition from the ntfs so you may have to clone the entire drive

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I am getting an external HD any minute and I want to backup my entire pc to it. programs, data, music, files, folders, registry etc. Basically an exact copy of my current system but I want it to be bootable just in case I mess up the reinstall. Is this possible? If so what is the easiest way to go about it?

A:How do I backup entire pc to external HD then Reinstall

Take a look here:

System Image Recovery

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Hi there!

I'd like to backup my entire System or at least most of it onto a seperate Computer/NAS but as the size of what has to be transferred has gotten quite big in the meantime ( 4TB+ ) so I'm running into a problem concerning the time it takes to do this.

Let me get some facts about me:
Right now I consider myself a Noob when it comes to networking 2 PC's together mainly because I'm not working with it that much.
Other than that I can solve pretty much any other computer problem in the blink of an eye.

What I'm looking for:
- A system that serves as a backup for my entire current system which has about 4TB of storage housing - MANDATORY!
- A system that does the Copy/Move Process of the respective files fast - MANDATORY!
Waiting 11.65h to transfer 1 TB of files at ~25 MB/Sec over a GBit Network is an absolute no go.
If possible I'm looking for something that rivals the 150-200 MB/Sec from my internal RAID-0.
- A system that serves as a MediaServer for my Home Cinema System either directly connected to the TV or a PS3 - OPTIONAL

What I've tried so far:
I recently bought myself a QNAP TS-412 which transfers the files at speeds of ~25 MB/Sec not giving me a happy face.
Blame me for trusting the clerk at the shop where I bought it before reading through the specs.

What I could do:
Build a second PC from former HighEnd bits and pieces acting as a homemade NAS.
Question is will this give me the results that I demand or will it lack the same way as the NAS?

I really... Read more

A:Backup entire System ( 4TB+ ) the fast way. HOW?

You might want to check this tutorial on using Windows 7's Robocopy utility.

ROBOCOPY - Create Backup Script

You'll get a fast file transfer with it, but its main drawback is that it copies folders, not individual files.

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Hello everyone this is my first post in the forum.
I was just wondering if you can suggest a tool to backup my entire computer , i have a lot of programs installed and it ll take me days if not weeks to find them all again in case something wrong happens .
also i d like to know if the configurations of the programs can be saved .
thank you

system info :
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Édition Familiale Basique , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 460 @ 2.53GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 2806 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1275 Mb.
 

A:A tool to backup my entire computer .

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I have a Windows XP Pro SP2 laptop with Ultimaco SafeGuard Easy encryption software installed. I would like to make a backup or image of the drive [whatever would be more appropriate] to secure the data that is currently stored on the hard drive. The drive is 60 GB.

Does anyone know if it is possible to backup the drive or create an image of the drive for security purposes? Are there any particular drive backup/image software packages I should check out?

Also, I know when I log onto my computer, the data in unencrypted. When I shut it down, the data is again encrypted. Will the backed up data be encrypted too?

Any input or help appreciated.

Joseph
 

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Is there software that will simply backup, monitor a few folders for any changes and produce incremental backups while immediately backing up any changes or additions to a USB drive...preferably free software or inexpensive?

Thanks!

A:Simple & Reliable backup software to USB drive? Needed

I would use a sync tool like this: http://allwaysync.com/

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I updated my system from a Dell XPS 8700 to a Dell XPS 8900. My 8700 had an SSD boot drive and 3 internal HDDs and several USB externals for backup. It worked well for backups. 8900 came with SSD but it was not setup as boot. Boot was a HDD. I moved operating system to SSD. Now when I backup, the HDDs transfer data at a reasonable rate, usually several hundred MB/min. The SSD is ridiculously slow, running at sometimes 0.5 mb/min. Rarely is it in triple digits per minute. It took over three days to backup 100 gb from SSD to external HDD? The other internal drives backup normally to the external drives. I have used Retrospect backup software for years and even tried updating to the latest version. It made no difference. Any ideas why the "fastest" drive would be the slowest to run backups?

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Hi,

I'm looking for some hard drive backup/restore software with some specific requirements: I need to be able to backup a partition into a single file (ideally compressed) then this must be able to be restored from a USB drive/stick. Ideally if there was an option to make the USB memory stick bootable so all the user needed to do was insert the stick, boot the PC and follow the restore instructions - that would do the job.

I've used Ghost (ages ago) which I believe could do something similar but I'm not sure that the latest version will from what I've read.

Thanks
 

A:Can anyone recommend some good hard drive backup/restore software

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I have a HP Pavilion a1767c that will no longer boot to Desktop in Normal or Safe Mode. I'm ready to run a Factory Restore, but would like to copy all the data from the Hard Drive for temporary storage, then after the Factory Restore, copy the data back over.

The Hard Drive has a Recovery Partition (Vista) and a "Regular" partition, and so I do not want to copy the whole (physical) hard drive, just the data on the regular partition. I don't want to mess with permissions issues, system & hidden files, etc... I just want to push a few buttons, and come back a few hours later and have all the data copied.

I'll be copying the data from the hard drive while it's mounted to an external USB caddy, to a secondary HD on my computer, then after the Factory Restore, I'll remount the HD in the caddy and copy the data back.

Is there a software that will do this?

A:[SOLVED] Need Recommendation for Software to Copy/Backup Hard Drive

Use an Ubuntu Live CD

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Hi. My parents finally agreed to replace their aging Gateway. It was 8 years old, and running horribly slow, and I was tired of cleaning it up. A few years back, my brother bought my parents a backup drive that would run nightly backups without them having to do anything. It was a WD Dual-option External Hard Drive, and it runs Retrospect backup software, version 6.5. I have since found out that the auto-backup feature somehow got turned off, and no backups have been done since July. Anyway, they bought a new Dell 620, core i5 with 6GB ram...probably overkill for them right now, but they wanted something fast for a change, and I think they'll be happy with this one.

Well, the new PC came in this past weekend, and as I have been out of town, I had not yet been able to set it up for them, so I was going to try sometime this week. Well, wouldn't you know, the old Gateway crashed this morning - gave the BSOD, and my mom called me today at work to give me the news, asking when I could "fix everything". So I go over there tonight, and I can't even get the Gateway to boot in safe mode...I mean, it just did a quick blip of the setup screen, then gave an error. Nothing. I tried everything. Hitting F1, F2, F8...F12 even...all to no avail. (I have a boot cd so I was prepared to run some diags and see what the issue was).

So I gave up, and just pulled everything out, and put in the new PC, and got it up and running. I hooked up the Western Digital backup dr... Read more

A:Western Digital backup drive software not compatible on new Win7 pc

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I keep trying to use the backup software that comes with Windows but it never does the scheduled backup like its supposed to... Does any one have any suggestions for different software that may run alittle better, i will be running it on an XP Pro machine.
 

A:Solved: Need backup software for Certance Travan Tape Drive

Just in case anyone runs into the same problems i had with the built in backup programs, i went out and tested a few programs and found Genie Backup Manager Pro... easy to use and runs when its supposed to... it doesn't seem to be too expensive either only 70 bones...
 

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Hi there
This is just a note to people who think it's too much hassle to backup their systems.

Just recently I needed to swap from a SAMSUNG 830 128 GB SSD to the newer 840 250 GB SSD on my laptop.

Plugging the new SSD into a USB2 (not even USB 3) slot I restored a previous system image that I'd backed up to a bog standard external passport drive. Time taken for restore -- 17 Mins for 54 GB. This system had Office, Photoshop and quite a few other applications installed.

This laptop was only an i3 powered device but I like it because it's really portable and powerful enough for my requirements - especially when used with a decent external monitor so more powerful machines will complete the operation faster than the 17 mins mine took.

Opened the computer and swapped the SSD's -- Booted fine first time (and faster SSD too) -- although the old one wasn't that bad either -- I'm now using the old one as my Windows to Go system !!.

If I'd have to restore Windows again and all the applications I probably would have spent the best part of at least half a day -- certainly several hours -- plus probably some time on re-installing updates for the OS and the applications - SP1 for office 2010 contains a LOT of fixes !!! if you have to do it again.

So there is really NO EXCUSE for anybody to avoid backing up their systems --keep the OS and applications separate from your USER DATA -- separate partitions or preferably on separate drives.

I used Acronis 2013 but any type of decent... Read more

A:To Backup Haters - 17 Mins for restore of entire W8 system

Originally Posted by jimbo45


Hi there
This is just a note to people who think it's too much hassle to backup their systems.

Just recently I needed to swap from a SAMSUNG 830 128 GB SSD to the newer 840 250 GB SSD on my laptop.

Plugging the new SSD into a USB2 (not even USB 3) slot I restored a previous system image that I'd backed up to a bog standard external passport drive. Time taken for restore -- 17 Mins for 54 GB. This system had Office, Photoshop and quite a few other applications installed.

This laptop was only an i3 powered device but I like it because it's really portable and powerful enough for my requirements - especially when used with a decent external monitor so more powerful machines will complete the operation faster than the 17 mins mine took.

Opened the computer and swapped the SSD's -- Booted fine first time (and faster SSD too) -- although the old one wasn't that bad either -- I'm now using the old one as my Windows to Go system !!.

If I'd have to restore Windows again and all the applications I probably would have spent the best part of at least half a day -- certainly several hours -- plus probably some time on re-installing updates for the OS and the applications - SP1 for office 2010 contains a LOT of fixes !!! if you have to do it again.

So there is really NO EXCUSE for anybody to avoid backing up their systems --keep the OS and applications separate from your USER DATA -- separate partitions or preferably on separate drive... Read more

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Hi,
I have a drive that was using PGP that has become damaged and will not boot despite trying 3 days of different fixes and repairs. I have a complete drive backup that will restore but when I try and boot after my PGP password I get 'Missing operating system'. Again I have tried decrypting and fixing but to no end.

I have another disk with a working and booting install of Win7 (same architecture etc) on. I have the entire contents of the non-booting system disk that I can access from the image of it.

If I booted into something like Windows Recovery or Live Linux environment, can I copy the entire contents of the non-working Win7 drive over the working one and expect it to work and then boot?

Aside from a fresh install of Windows and all apps and settings I am at a loss and hoping something like this will work!

Thanks

Ant

A:Copy entire system from backup image over bootable fresh install?

Better to try Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot.

After disinfecting and attempting boot repairs there are steps for copying out files at boot which should bypass encryption since the OS is inert. Then you can restore your image or Clean Reinstall following best practices in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

I would not use any Norton or Symantec product.

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Hey any help would this would be GREATLY apprciated.

One of the hard drives on my pc [250gb drive , drive E:\] has about 180gb of that data inside one folder. Today I went to open the folder and the pc locked up for a second and then said that DRIVE E:\ is not formated and asked if I wanted to format it. If I select no and try to access the folder again it does the same thing. I cannot risk loosing any of the data that is inside this folder on this drive. IF anyone could try and help me access the files inside this folder I would be so appriciative!!!

Someone please help....


btw...

All other folders on the drive open just fine...

A:Folder inside drive will not open - telling me to format entire drive..

It also says that there is 0 bytes in the folder when there should be over 110gb ...

Is there any sort of program that will repair something like this...

When I right click the drive in my computer and check properties it says used space 184gb...but then when I go into the E:\ drive and select all the folders and select properties it says there is only 74.2gb used ?

The other 110gb is in that folder that I am not able to access....

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I want to add parameters to the script, such that only a new folder is targeted, instead of every folder in the drive.

The script is at post #4 here.

strFirstDrive = "E"
strLastDrive = "N"
strSavePath = "C:\Test\Index.docx"
Const ShowDoc = True
Const CloseDoc = True

Only 1 drive will be read, so I can change first + last drive accordingly:

strFirstDrive = "J"..................."J:\FolderName" maybe???
strLastDrive = "J"
strSavePath = "C:\Test\Index.docx"
Const ShowDoc = True
Const CloseDoc = True
 

A:Modify a VBS script to target folder within drive, instead of entire drive.

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Hi. I am a first time user, so be gentle. I woke uo this morning and walked to my computer, only to see Windows Antivirus Pro on my desktop, telling me "Youre computer is infected. Download our software to fix this." I've had these types of infections, but nothing that Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware couldn't fix. I try to open anything, it'll tell me that everything is infected. So I opened Windows Task Manager and ended the process. But it would come up every 10 seconds, which was no big deal, as I could still acess everything. uTorrent is left runnign for some reason, as well as PeerGuardian. So I opened Firefox, and I looked for a solution. But theres some stupid virus for my web browser too. It bringsmem to Windows Antivirus software website, and it brings me t other websites, sometimes porn sites, sometimes handyman websites. So now that I knew I could get past it, I tried MBAM, but nothing happened. I tried HiJackThis, didn't work. I scanned with AVG, nothing happened. So I looked on Firefox again, and I found one made by Microsoft. It's called Microsoft Malicious Software Removal tool. So I figured since it's made by microsoft, it would be pretty safe and trustworthy. So I downloaded it. It installed and scanned. So it said "All infections and malicious software have been removed." So I restarted my computer, because the antivirus program was still up. When it rebooted, I noticed that nothign was loading. So I tried Firefox, ... Read more

A:Windows malicious removal software tool has screwed up my entire computer

Hello, I am moving this from XP to the Am I Infecred forum. I hope we can run this.Next run MBAM (MalwareBytes):NOTE: Before saving MBAM please rename it to zztoy.exe....now save it to your desktop.Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2MBAM may "make changes to your registry" as part of its disinfection routine. If using other security programs that detect registry changes (ie Spybot's Teatimer), they may interfere or alert you. Temporarily disable such programs or permit them to allow the changes.Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan.If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue.If you encounter any problems while downloading the definition updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click o... Read more

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Ok after figuring out that I had a bad motherboard. I have now went to install my WD 120JB 8meg cache hard drive into the computer and format using windows 2000 (brand new out of the wrapper). When the bios boots it recognizes the entire 120 gig which is what I had expected, when I boot from the cd to format using NTFS filing system it says that there is only 114470 meg on disk, I ran WD's software on it with no luck and have already flashed the mobo's bios.

I figured that I would try to format with windows 2000 to see if it made a difference it didn't! it actually froze at 97 % complete. I reran the WD software but this time downloaded it fresh and ran the utilities on it where it said there were errors on the disk. when I finally gave up on it last night (@ 1000pm) to come home, I left it writing zeros to the full drive.

Any suggestions would be REALLY APPRECIATED at this point.
 

A:120 gig WD drive with 8 meg cache not finding entire drive space

The manufacture is figuring 1000 bytes=1 kilobyte, but your PC is figuring 1024 bytes per kb.

I'm bad at explaining things, this article does a better job:

http://www.anandtech.com/guides/viewfaq.html?i=136
 

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G'day everyone

Does anyone know of a simple backup program that is capable of backing up large files incrementally by splitting the file and backing up only changed parts of the file? The files I'm talking about are files that get altered by appending stuff at the end of the file, e.g. log files or mailbox files, so it's generally possible to split a new version of the file at the exact point where the old version stopped, purely by file size.

Specifically, I want to back up Thunderbird and SeaMonkey mailboxes without having to create additional subfolders within those programs.

I understand that if something had changed near the beginning of the file, then the whole file will have to be backed up, unless the backup program is capable of some very clever searching, but mostly the files will change only by having data appended to it.

Thanks
Samuel

A:Backup software that splits large files for incremental backup

You may want to rethink incremental backups. Where I worked, until I retired, we first used incremental backups for our servers. That seemed like a good approach - make an initial full backup on one day of the week and then only incrementals the rest of the week. That allowed smaller backups however when it came time to restore it was a nightmare making sure the incrementals were installed in the proper order, and it took much longer to restore. A decision was made to only do full backups every night and although the backup was bigger if a restore was needed there was no confusion on order of reinstall and it took less time.

I do the same thing with my own PC backups. I use Acronis True Image, which has incremental backup ability, but I only do full hard drive backups, to a separate hard drive.

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I'm preparing to upgrade from Windows 2000 professional to XP. I would like a perfect backup of my C: drive in case the worst happens and XP kills my computer (so I can revert back to 2000 and my old system without a problem). I have 2 hard drives so I have the room to put an exact image of my C: drive onto the slave drive. Just wanting to get some feedback as to the best way to do this.

So far I just used the "backup now" option in Windows 2000 and saved a .bkf file of my entire drive to the slave. It actually didn't take up that much space--the .bkf must contain some sort of compression.

Anyway, is this the best way to go about protecting myself or would it be worthwhile to instead invest in a 3rd party backup program instead before undertaking this? There are tons of programs out there of course, Norton Ghost, Backup Now, GoBack, or what have you. If Windows' option works well I don't know why people would buy a 3rd party program but I hear about it a lot so I thought I'd ask. Anyone ever restored an entire system from a windows .bkf file before and had difficulty? Protecting myself is pretty important to me.

Any advice would be helpful.
 

A:Computer backup before upgrade to XP--backup software suggestions,.bkf files,etc?

With the windows backup you have to reinstall windows and then restore the backup to get back to where you were. I use and love ghost because it makes a 100% exact copy of EVERYTHING and all you have to do to get it back is to restore the image and you're up a going again - no need to reinstall windows. Is also fast and can clone one drive to another or create an Image file.

GoBack I don't like and Backup Now needs windows to be installed to restore the backup
 

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How come the built in Vista backup utility doesn't backup software? Does anyone know of a way to do this, or know of any software that will create an image of my harddrive? I seriously need to reformat my computer and I can't do it without this.

Thanks.

A:Vista Backup Utility Doesnt Backup Software?

Norton ghost or Acronis True Image... the latter is the easier of the two apps IMO.

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I have tried to create a batch file to backup our important data from our program to our server(drive letter Z)on our network and cant seem to get it to work.Could someone look at it and be able to tell me what is wrong with it. We also decided to include backing up our my documents folder too.

@echo off
:: variables
set drive=crocare.win
set backupcmd=xcopy /Z

echo backing up procare data
echo please wait...
@pause

xcopy "Z:\Procare\DB\*.*":\\dataonserver01\users\Jeannie\Procare.win"

echo Backing up My Documents
%backupcmd% "userprofile%\My Documents" "%c%\My Documents"

echo Backup Complete!
@pause
 

A:Software doesn't backup so trying batch file backup

I guess it depends on what you're backing up. I use Beyond Compare to sync files between machines.
 

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Hi,
I did a full backup using vista backup and recovery centre onto a seagate 160gb usb drive.  The backup completed successfully so I rebuilt the machine.
 
On trying to rebuild, I run bakup and restore center and it cant even see the drive (it can see the C partition, the E (recovery) partition and nothing else.  It doesnt see the D (Data Partition) or the USB device.)
 
Tried copying it to the E partition and forcing it to use it but get  backup location not found which is mentioned elsewhere as an issue with mediaid.bin.
 
any ideas, i now have a shiny sparkly new machine with no data on it. 
 
The data is there in a compressed form but id much rather restore properly.
 
grateful for any help.
 
Cheers

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