My hard drive is dying.
Yes, I could sit here for hours, moving everything important over to my external hard drive, but I just don't have the time to supervise it while doing so.
So, is there a way to make physical copies of everything I need to keep, but quicker? If so, what is the best software to use?
No-Life Overwatch Player
14th August 2008
Whether you like to hear it or not, moving your important files to an external HDD is probably your best bet, since the other options are probably slower. These are the alternatives that come to my mind personally, so I might miss something:
1.) You could make back-ups of your important files by uploading them to something like Dropbox. This will probably be dependent on your upload rate, so it's most likely not going to be faster than a back-up to your HDD.
2.) You can use physical CDs/DVDs to back-up. It'll cost you some money to buy them if you don't have 'em at home, and also time since you'd have to travel. Not exactly a good option either. =p
3.) Use the Windows back-up.
4.) Google Docs?
Ultimately however, using an external HDD is your best bet, as I mentioned before. It's certainly the quickest way to back-up.
Formerly known as Graeme and Arld.
you could ghost your disk but you run the risk of something going wrong.
You can Windows Backup to an external disk I believe. No supervision required really. Start it, walk away, hope it's still still alive when you come back.
I have to agree with Graeme. Backing up to an external hard drive (either manually, or through use of the Windows Backup feature), is the best option you have.
It doesn't really take that long either, unless you're literally taking everything off that hard drive, including operating system and other installed programs. Do you not have access to your Windows discs? It would be easier for you to reinstall everything on and backup your important files, game saves, etc.
You will not be able to boot an OS off the new drive without reinstall, unless it's almost identical to your current drive.
You could buy a new drive, make two partitions, copy files to one and later install a fresh OS on the other. Copying files from one internal HDD to another is probably faster than copying it to an external drive (depends on how your external drive is connected).
I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.
15th December 2002
D3matt;5632653You can Windows Backup to an external disk I believe. No supervision required really. Start it, walk away, hope it's still still alive when you come back.
By far the best way.
My system automatically does a monthly backup to a network external hard disk (which itself has a redundant backup hard disk) so I don't have to worry too much about loosing data.
I'd just go for it.
Danny King | Community Manager | GameFront.com
MrFancypants;5633067You could buy a new drive, make two partitions, copy files to one and later install a fresh OS on the other. Copying files from one internal HDD to another is probably faster than copying it to an external drive (depends on how your external drive is connected).
Well of course, but Supa mentioned like he was trying to copy the OS and have it work.
D3matt;5633094Well of course, but Supa mentioned like he was trying to copy the OS and have it work.
I don't know what thread you've been reading, but I mentioned no such thing about copying the OS aswell. Just physical files that are needed.
The OS can burn in Silicon Hell for all I care (Windows Vista Home Premium)!
EDIT: All I wanted really, was a quick way of backing up physical files to my external hard drive, so that I don't have to spend hours manually dragging things over to it. It'll be connected via USB since that is the only connection available on it.