I’ve just recently gotten a external hard drive which is;
Western Digital My Passport Essential 320 GB.
My laptop’s (currently the only PC I own) hard drive is only 160 GB. However for some reasons, I’ve always eventually suffers some severe slowdown over time after a fresh install. So I’ve been reinstalling XP every few months and it is becoming more of a pain lately because one of my drivers file became corrupted.
So here is my plan with the external hard drive.
1)set aside 160-170 GB to create an restore partition that is an exact copy of my laptop hard drive when I have all of the programs, updates, and drivers set up.
2)use the remaining GB for generic storage like family pictures, blender3d projects, and the like.
However, I don’t have much experience with external hard drive and backing up like this so I’m hoping that someone here could help explains how to do this properly so I don’t accidentally lose my files or partition later on down the road.
Right now I only have 10 GB total of USB drive (1x4GB & 3x2GB). hopefully I can set up the restore partition thing properly so I can save all of the BBB, Elephant Dream, & Hey Frankie! and other similiar files to my laptop hard drive and the restore partition so I can always keep it on utorrent to seed it. I can also defidently use the external hard drive to store all of the vid tutorials and tutorials files too
thanks to whoever out there for info that helps
if you own nero, roxio or a program like those they have an option to create backups. if you dont own something already grab syncback for free. http://www.download.com/SyncBack/3000-2242_4-10413802.html?tag=mncol .
and a back up is created as an archive so it takes up far less space. it seems like you are wanting something like a restore back up, to reset your pc to how it used to be. you can actually use dvds for that, that way if a lighting stirke too out your pc and external drive you would still have all your data safe on the disks. here is a professional guide that should answer all your questions http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleid=1124&page=1 how to create backsups useing xps backup program starts on page 3 if you want to use that.
and if it is happening all the time you should get a good anti virus and anti spyware program like avast or avg and run it.
That guide looks pretty thorough I’m currently reading it right now but I have 2 questions real quick.
when I make an exact copy of my hard drive with the program, will the copy itself be in a image file so I don’t have to partition my external hard drive?
could I make the hard drive bootable in the event I have to restore my laptop with the image? and still be able to use the extra available memory to store other files?
I might find the answer in that guide but in case I miss it or it is simply not there, I hope these questions may be answered thanks again for the guide and link to the software. I haven’t downloaded the software yet I intend to do that after reading the guide.
Macrium Reflect is perfect for that job.
I can only use free software for now. I spent all of my pc budget on the external hard drive and want to save the rest of the budget to upgrade my laptop ram from 2GB to 4GB.