Backing up of entire harddisc
Thread poster: Evi Wollinger

Evi Wollinger  Identity Verified
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Aug 1, 2007

I am preparing for an international move and although I am selling most of my things I have decided to "bring" my computer.

The company sounds, like they will take good care of it, it is expensive, of course, but still cheaper than buying a new PC.
I am more worried about all my software, for which I have no CD's than the actual machine, when it comes to shipping.
I will not purchase insurance for shipping, because I would loose my software in the case something happened to my computer - and my programs cannot be insured. I don't have time to gather all my receipts and all that.
I would like to make some kind of backup of my entire harddisc, if that is possible. I heard of Norton Ghost (can I mention brand names here?), does anybody know, what would be the best way to go about preserving what is on my harddisc, or if there is a way?
I am not usually this inept, but with so many things to do for the upcoming move I need all the help I can get...
I would be grateful for any advice!


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Make a clone Aug 1, 2007

With Acronis True Image 10 or with Norton Ghost.
However, if you have installed the "Is this genuine"-tools from Microsoft, Norton Ghost makes a clone, but the copy shuts itself down.

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Yiannis Markomanolakis
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Acronis Aug 1, 2007

Go to, get a demo version and clone your disk / partitions.

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Christel Zipfel  Identity Verified
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Yes, make an image! Aug 1, 2007

I have recently restored my laptop, which had some serious problems, with Acronis. Within a very short time, I had back all my programs together with my own stuff - documents, mails, bookmarks, settings and so on - of course. Whoever has ever formatted his hard disk knows that this means an enormous time saving, not to speak of all the rest

Norton Ghost works in the same way, but I never have used it.

Hoping you won't need it, however, in this occasion, but I highly recommend one of these programs anyway!

Good luck!

[Bearbeitet am 2007-08-01 15:30]

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Evi Wollinger  Identity Verified
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Thank you Aug 1, 2007

I had heard that there can be problems with Norton Ghost and wasn't really sure what it can do. Between work and packing I wasn't going to find out, either...
I looked at the Acronis website - looks promising, thank you for the link and the answers!

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ATIL KAYHAN  Identity Verified
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Take a Look at Mozy, too Aug 1, 2007

I can recommend a free online file backup service that I have been using called Mozy ( You get 2 GB of free backup space. There is no setup fee, no credit cards, no payment and no account expiration.

Mozy is a secure and automatic remote backup service for any PC. It is very simple to install and configure. No external hard drive, CD's or DVD's are needed. All you need is a broadband Internet connection.

You start by creating a Mozy user account which will allow you to download Mozy software and back up your data. Next, you install Mozy on your computer. Mozy will then perform backups automatically in the background at a specific time and at specific intervals (daily or weekly).

Your backup files are encrypted using 448-bit Blowfish encryption, and stored in a secure and remote location that is only accessible to you - from anywhere in the world. You have the option of using a Mozy key, or your own private key to encrypt your data.

You can get an extra 256 MB just by entering my referral code C5KREM during the registration process. This code will get you a total of 2,256 MB (or roughly 2.2 GB) free backup space. The good news is that I also get an extra 256 MB after you perform a backup with Mozy.

Kind Regards,

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