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how do I backup my hard drive?


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Thurman

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I get an error message at startup saying " hard disk failure is imminent. please back up your files immediately." I can hit F2 and my system starts up and seems to perform normally. I did a system restore to a checkpoint of the day before I started receiving the error message, but the message still appears. I have two HDDs installed in my desktop. I want to know how to copy all my files on my boot drive(HDD) approx. 124GB of 500GB, to my other HDD thats 250GB and is formatted NTFS (empty).
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Using system restore to get rid of this type of problem does not work. System Restore can only rectify OS & application problems, not hardware problems.

Because Windows is installed on the drive which is failing, you will need to perform a "disk to disk" copy using special software, also referred to as "cloning" software.
There is a free disk-to-disk copying software here: http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/

However, because the drive could fail completely at any moment, you should first manually copy your own files to CDs or DVDs before they disappear forever! Don't use the second hard disk for this purpose 'cos you will need to keep that empty for the disk-to-disk copy.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 12 September 2010 - 02:49 AM.

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Thank you phillipcorcoran for the advise. I greatly appreciate it!
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