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Backing up te whole hard drive on a DVD?


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I have several programs that I have purchased over the years. I would like to back them up on a DVD so that if my PC ever crashes I will be able to download then again on a new PC. I can't find a backup button in system tools. My son told me to use a DVD. He said that I can back my whole computor up on one DVD and that it would maybe take five CD's to backup the same amount of information.

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Welcome to geeks to go. It is great to see that someone is taking a proactive approach to " what if my computer crashes"?

An installed program on a computer can not be backed up. You may make copies of the original CD, or if it is a downloaded program, you may copy it to the CD/dvd.

As for backups. Are you trying to backup the "entire" hard drive? or just the data/ music/ pictures.

The backup is in system tools/ backup.
There are mutiple ways to backup a computer. Anything from cloning to ghosting an image. I use syncback (free), and also Norton ghost.

Please give us some more info as to what you are attempting so we may furthur help/ recommend.
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Welcome to geeks to go. It is great to see that someone is taking a proactive approach to " what if my computer crashes"?

An installed program on a computer can not be backed up. You may make copies of the original CD, or if it is a downloaded program, you may copy it to the CD/dvd.

As for backups. Are you trying to backup the "entire" hard drive? or just the data/ music/ pictures.

The backup is in system tools/ backup.
There are mutiple ways to backup a computer. Anything from cloning to ghosting an image. I use syncback (free), and also Norton ghost.

Please give us some more info as to what you are attempting so we may furthur help/ recommend.

Thanks for your quick response! Most of the programs were downloaded. Some of them have key codes to open them up. I have key codes in folders at a couple locations in folders. That's why I thought that I need to copy my whole hard drive. chap10
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If they are downloaded programs they contain the executible and they can be copied to the dvd. I do that, and also I add a "readme" file to the dvd that contains specific/ odd instructions and also the key code.
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