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Backing up a C-drive


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batpark

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Can I copy ALL my C:drive files -- including my XP and WORD2003 files-- to my external harddrive?

As I no longer have my original CDs for XP or WORD I am concerned about the possibility that my C-drive might inadvertently be wiped out during some repair work.


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Yep I use Ghost to make a complete copy of my C drive on to a smaller HD just for something like this and keep it stored away just in case. Once a month I make a new backup to keep the data up to date.
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Thanks so much.
Is Ghost something I can get on the web?

Can I simply:

  • Create a new folder on my E: drive, say E:\postdecember2013backup; and
  • Use Windows Explorer to copy all my Cdrive files to the new E: folder?

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What you want to do is make a exact copy of the drive. Ghost is not a free program but you can do a image of the drive which creates a ISO of the drive that can be stored on the external. Something like Acronis True Image would work. Though not free it does have a free trial version that may work.
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Hi,

A free Suggestion Macrium Reflect free can create a backup image of your system to the external drive on the folder you select.
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Thanks Sleepydude for the added info. The more options the better I say. :thumbsup:
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rShaffer61 and SleepyDude: Thanks. I have downloaded MacrumReflect and will try it soon. .... Batpark
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