OS Backup

By Brooklynpk ·
I have installed a new 640GB hardrive in my desktop as the primary drive and installed my old 80GB hardrive as a slave. I have sucessfully cloned the old drive on the new one. (Acronis Migrate Easy is awesome for this) Now I want to use the old 80GB hardrive as a OS Backup, etc. Would it be best to re-format the old drive and then simply copy across what I want from the new? If so, what are the essential files to copy (OS, etc) in addition to any photo, etc? and where are these essential files found - ie: what folders in particular? And finally - Any good back-up programs out there worth installing?

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If you've already cloned it.........

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to OS Backup

.... then just format it and copy JUST the data (photos, etc...) you want to be stored on it. You never copy system files to the slave. You can INSTALL programs to it, but not copy them to it.

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Prepare the drive first

by Jacky Howe In reply to OS Backup

To prepare the drive I would get rid of anything that is already on it first. It has probably been around for awhile and accumulated a lot of junk. Formatting won't clean it as there will still be recoverable data left on the drive. I would reconnect it as the Master and run Darik's Boot and Nuke.


Autonuke should do it as it runs through 3 times writing 0's and 1's. Reconnect it as a Slave and recreate your Partitions.

Or you can use Disk Manager to delete the Partition/Partitions and recreate them at least that way you will remove some of the Junk.

The best way though is DBAN.

Backing up try this if you are using XP. Copy the text below to Notepad and save it to your Backup drive as MyBack.cmd

It will copy everything over at first and the next time it will only copy anything that has been modified or added.

@echo off
:: variables
set path=%~dp0Backup;%path%
set drive=%~dp0Backup
set backupcmd=xcopy /s /c /d /e /h /i /r /k /y

if not exist "%drive%\Backup" mkdir "%drive%\Backup"
:: echo ### Backing up My Documents...
if not exist "%drive%\My Documents" mkdir "%drive%\My Documents"
%backupcmd% "%USERPROFILE%\My Documents" "%drive%\My Documents"

echo ### Backing up email and address book (Outlook Express)...
if not exist "%drive%\Address Book" mkdir "%drive%\Address Book"
%backupcmd% "%USERPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book" "%drive%\Address Book"
if not exist "%drive%\Outlook Express" mkdir "%drive%\Outlook Express"
%backupcmd% "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities" "%drive%\Outlook Express"

echo ### Backing up email and contacts (MS Outlook)...
if not exist "%drive%\Outlook" mkdir "%drive%\Outlook"
%backupcmd% "%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook" "%drive%\Outlook"

:: echo ### Backing up the Registry...
:: if not exist "%drive%\Registry" mkdir "%drive%\Registry"
:: if exist "%drive%\Registry\regbackup.reg" del "%drive%\Registry\regbackup.reg"
:: regedit /e "%drive%\Registry\regbackup.reg"

:: use below syntax to backup other directories...
:: %backupcmd% "...source directory..." "%drive%\...destination dir..."
:: eXample:
:: if not exist "%drive%\Backup" mkdir "%drive%\photos"

:: %backupcmd% "c:\photos" "%drive%\photos"

the :: which REMs out the line will have to be removed from the line if you want it to run that particular line.

ReEdit: missed a line

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nice batch file jacky

by computechdan In reply to Prepare the drive first

have u checked out xxcopy?


it's like xcopy on steriods

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I think that

by Jacky Howe In reply to nice batch file jacky

it's a ripper and this is probably where I found it.


I just modified it a bit. I have used xxcopy but I like the kiss priciple and xcopy is already on a clients System. When I teach a client to use a System I teach them how to make the most out of what came with the Operating System. EG: Wordpad, Notebook and Paint. I let them play the games to get used to the mouse and improve their co-ordination. A lot of my clients are older and there is nothing wrong with using Wordpad to do up a document and save it as .rtf. They can then add it as an attachment and send it to other family members retaining their formatting. You really don't need to invest in the latest Software to do the basics.

This is another ripper from Greg Shultz

Create a custom backup tool with Vista?s Robocopy


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and finally..

by balge In reply to OS Backup

re backup programmes Acronis Trueimage is a good option, and you know their stuffs good...
I would try using the old HDD as the secure zone partition for Trueimage, gives a good stable backup, reinstall from image in about half an hour, that's how I do it!

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true image home

by computechdan In reply to and finally..

50 buxs and worth every penny of it

in addition to image/clone features it provides incremental backups, a go back feature as well as a sandbox mode

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