Full backup solution

By Snuffy09 ·
XP pro

Can somebody recommend a good software for performing a FULL backup from HD to HD. would prefer to be able to schedule and not have to boot from disc to do backup.


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Some solutions...

by cmiller5400 In reply to Full backup solution

Acronis True Image


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And add

by OH Smeg In reply to Some solutions...

Clonezilla if this is for Home use.

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Clonezilla SE is super

by alashhar In reply to And add

thank you oh, it is good suggestion, i will try the trail version soon

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by Snuffy09 In reply to And add

I cloned my OS Drive to an external using clonezilla. it completed without errors.

After i started windows it says that the external drive is "unreadable" in windows disk manager. Is that normal? or did something get screwed up? cuz it was done with a "linux tool" i guess?

thanks for help

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Sounds as if there may be a problem with the Clone

by OH Smeg In reply to problem?

But normally after you clone any Boot Drive you shut down the system fit the New Drive and see if it boots.

Depending on which version of Windows you are using there may be issues with both Drives having an identical Partition Information on them. When the OS sees 2 Identical Drives it is not uncommon for it to spit the dummy and not read the second one as Computer Logic insists that this is not possible and there must be something wrong here.


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by Snuffy09 In reply to Sounds as if there may be ...

maybe i will try to clone my other internal drive (no os installed on it) and see if that shows up ok on the external.


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still have same issue

by Snuffy09 In reply to ok...

would the fact that im cloning a dynamic disk make a difference?

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Re: same issue

by christianshiflet In reply to still have same issue

After you cloned the non-OS drive, to test the clone did you detach the orinal non-OS drive and connect the new, cloned non-OS drive? The OS will probably have a problem if they are both connected at the same time. Please let me know if this is clear or I am misunderstanding. Thanks.

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Well I have never tried opening Windows with a Clone and the Original Drive

by OH Smeg In reply to still have same issue

As there is a Straight Conflict to begin with. When you clone any HDD/Partition the Partition Headings are the same as the original Disc that this came from and no OS can support 2 devices with the same Designations.

Granted you'll not see this in Windows but at the Hardware Level both drives have the same Stamps so the Partition Information Number and Date that it was created are identical telling the system that they are the same drive.

After you clone any Drive you should shut down the system remove the Original Drive and fit the Clone to see if ti works. Not reboot the system with both the Clone and the Original Disc present.


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i agree

by alashhar In reply to Some solutions...

i agree, i am using it and it is perfect

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