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Ok following on from the trauma's of the girlfriends computer failure it's driven home the importance of backup :tazz:

So I am going to sort out my PC before it all goes belly up.

My PC currently has an 80G HD with 1 full partition :P which isn't ideal, but I have a brand new identical 80G HD which is currently unformatted :) I don't have loads of stuff on the PC so these drives will give me all the storage I'm ever likely to need.

My plan is as follows...........(unless somebody has a better idea).

Format the new drive into partitions (PageFile 5G, Docs 15G, ImageBackup 15G, Programs 15G, remainder unallocated). I plan to purchase Acronis Disk Director 10.0 to achieve this (unless someone has a better suggestion).

Having done that I then plan to obtain a full backup image using Acronis True Image 9.0 and store this in the back up partition.

Then I can resize/reformat the partition on the original drive to say 10G(?) for the OS and 70G unallocated for the time being, with the benefit of a backup on the other drive in case it screws up :woot:

But this is where I could do with some help, assuming it all went ok how do I get just the OS on the new partition and everything else on the other drive without reinstalling everything? If indeed that is possible :)

Anybody have any other suggestions or tips on how best to accomplish this?

I have used the following sites for reference Tweakhound and TheElderGeek
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moving programs in windows xp is a perilous, often fruitless exercise. You will need to reinstall them, during installationg, choosing a folder other than the default
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Hi gerryf, thanks for the prompt response!

Ok so having created an image backup, if I copy the data/mydocs to the other drive. I might as well reformat the original disc, create the partitions I want and do a full reinstall?

I assume the moving program files stuff is to do with registry keys and the like....

I can then move the relevant my docs / program files folders into the new partitions for future use, right?
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Yes, but you also might just consider running trueimage and creating a differential image to the second disk...and schedule backups say, every other day.

That way, you never lose more than two days of data
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Ok thanks,

I guess I'll order the software then get all the programs downloaded to CD.

I have some work to do....... :tazz:
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