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Utility for backing up system drive

By darrell ·
I know that there are many tools out there for this, but I would like to here from the IT guys. I have a PC that I just installed a second serial ATA 120GB drive. I would like to backup my system and system state files so that I have a recovery point on the second drive. What have you guys used with great success and or what is your recommendation?

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by CG IT In reply to Utility for backing up sy ...

non network, non server, personal PC backup, I would recommend a 3rd party application [Roxio comes to mind but there are alot of other ones] and utilize DVD OR you can try tape backup. Seagate Tapestor Travan 20/40 is pretty good, works with the built in Windows NT backup and the tapes are around $30.00 ea USD in 3 packs.

In this day and age, your system files and system state can take up a log of

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by CG IT In reply to

The Seagate Tapestor is now Certance STT220000 IDE tape backup.

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by CG IT In reply to

In this day and age, your system files and system state can take up a lot of space. Many choose to backup to another HDD or try ghosting due to tape costs, or because of the amount of CDs or DVDs it takes for backup and the time involved for backing up.

Because of the shear size of stored information both in operating systems and applications, removable media backups like to CDs,DVD, tape, zip have fallen out of favor because of costs and the limited amount of storage each individual removable media can store. Using actual hard drives has become the norm nowadays simply because you can store the entire computer on it instead of dozens of tapes, CDs DVDs Zip disk.

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by willcomp In reply to Utility for backing up sy ...

If I read your question correctly, you want to backup boot drive to another hard drive.

I have used and recommend Backup My PC for single PC backups. It is very flexible as to what is backed up and where data is backed up. Handles hard disks, CD and DVD RW drives, tape drives, Zip disks, and other media types.

For more info, see link below.

http://www.stompsoft.com/backupmypc.html?SourceID=afc_cj_backup

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

ReWrite,

Thanks for the info. Checked them out and they look good, especially Simply Safe Backup.

One can learn a lot here.

Dalton

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by ReWrite In reply to Utility for backing up sy ...

Backup software is pretty mature now. Most backup apps I've tried do a pretty decent job. I really like the freeware version of Simply Safe Backup for home use. They make a pretty good commercial app too. I have also tried the Easy Backup app. It's another good freeware backup program. Here's a couple of links to these apps:

http://www.simplysafebackup.com/new_index.php?page=whatsnew.htm

http://easy-utilities.com/backup/

Cheers.

RW

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by wlbowers In reply to Utility for backing up sy ...

If you are doing a drive to drive backup, you can use Partition Magic 8, Drive Image, or Ghost to do a complete partition copy.

Lee

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Another option is to run a mirror configuration.

Lee

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