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KESTDAWG

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Thanks to alot of help from CAM DA MAN. I recently reformatted the hard drive on my wifes computer and reinstalled windows and got i all working again like brand new. My qestion is does anyone know of a program that I cn use so that just in case this drive ever goes crazy again I can retore it without having to re install all of these programs and drivers again from scratch. I usually back up my photos and music. But s tere anythng out there hat can do what I just described above???
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Hi KrestDawg again :)


What I suggest for your files, images,documents,etc.. is Mozy they offer free 2gb and you get more if you refer people to it they also offer a premium package if you wish to have more space.

https://mozy.com/registration/free
If you want to give you and I more space enter this referral code in (; DBCBC3

For your drivers, I'm having trouble finding decent free ones. But here's a couple I've used and they have gotten good reviews.
http://driveragent.com
http://www.drivershq.com/

Both are good, there are tons of other utilities.

Here are some free utilities:
http://sourceforge.n...ojects/drvback/

DriverBackup! copies the installed drivers in your Windows system and recreates the INF files needed so that they can be reinstalled in Windows in the future. It extracts both Microsoft and non-Microsoft drivers. The software is released under the GNU General Public License, which means it is both free and open source. Note that the drivers are packed in a RAR archive format. You may need to get one of the Free File Archivers and File Compression Utilities to extract them (if you don't already have one). In addition, it requires the MSCOMCTL.OCX to be installed on your system. If you get an error message asking for MSCOMCTL.OCX, search for it with Google - it is freely available in many places (it's a redistributable component of Visual Basic from Microsoft that programmers ship with their programs).




http://www.innovativ....com/drivermax/

DriverMax extracts the installed drivers in your Windows system and copies them along with the INF files so that they can be reinstalled in the future when needed (such as when you install Windows again). All Microsoft and non-Microsoft drivers can be exported by the software; you can select which driver you wish to copy / backup, or all of them, if you wish.


Edited by CamTheMan, 20 April 2008 - 06:22 PM.

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Hi ... What you would be looking for is a imaging software . I myself use True Image and does exactly as to what you want . Take a view at the website below . There is others available to ...

http://www.acronis.c...ucts/trueimage/

Edited by snooker, 20 April 2008 - 06:23 PM.

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Hi ... What you would be looking for is a imaging software . I myself use True Imade and does exactly as to what you want . Take a view at the website below . There is others available to ...

http://www.acronis.c...ucts/trueimage/

Does that make an image of your computer then you just burn it to a disk?
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Hi ... What you would be looking for is a imaging software . I myself use True Imade and does exactly as to what you want . Take a view at the website below . There is others available to ...

http://www.acronis.c...ucts/trueimage/

Does that make an image of your computer then you just burn it to a disk?


Yes you can make a backup and burn onto to disk , Below is a support forum explain how to use it and if you have problems with it ...

http://www.wildersse...isplay.php?f=65
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Hi ... What you would be looking for is a imaging software . I myself use True Imade and does exactly as to what you want . Take a view at the website below . There is others available to ...

http://www.acronis.c...ucts/trueimage/

Does that make an image of your computer then you just burn it to a disk?


Yes you can make a backup and burn onto to disk , Below is a support forum explain how to use it and if you have problems with it ...

http://www.wildersse...isplay.php?f=65

Cool I'll check it out as well :)
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thanks that true image program looks like what i need
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What I do is start with a fresh clean installment of windows with all my data and programs . Then I would use a cheapest smallest new hard drive ( in my case its 40gb ) and make a clone image unto this drive . I would only use this new drive when ever I want to get a fresh clean installment again by cloning it back onto the drive that I am using now . Afterward when ever I do a clone image I would have to get is a few updates but that ok because its like a fresh clean installment again and its usually done within a hour

Edited by snooker, 20 April 2008 - 06:38 PM.

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I save everything I want to save in my documents folder.
So all I have to back up is that folder.
I keep all my downloads and codes for programs there also.

Then I sync this folder to my slave drive on a regular basis.
Or one can copy it to the slave drive too.

Syncplicity is another good online backup program.

Check this out here.

http://www.newwebmag...
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I save everything I want to save in my documents folder.
So all I have to back up is that folder.
I keep all my downloads and codes for programs there also.

Then I sync this folder to my slave drive on a regular basis.
Or one can copy it to the slave drive too.

Syncplicity is another good online backup program.

Check this out here.

http://www.newwebmag...


This cloud stuff does sound promising . I'm not sure as of yet if I would want someone else holding onto my personal data . I feel safer knowing I have my data not some service . Though I do like the idea behind it .
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