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How do I backup a hard drive

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    Windows 8.1 Ultimate

    How do I backup a hard drive


    I'm aware how to create a system backup, but what is the recommended way to backup a hard drive (like an external one)? I don't want to backup every drive I have, just one of them (which is one physical disc).

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    I use Macrium Reflect Free to backup to an external USB 3.0 hard drive. The source can be an internal or external drive, procedure is the same.

    You can do an image backup from one external drive to another external drive, one internal to external or external to internal. Macrium handles it all.
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    Windows 8.1 Ultimate


    Thanks, I'll give it a try
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    Use the "System Backup" Option and select the drives that you want backed up. I use Windows Backup, as well as EaseUS Todo Backup.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    I use Macrium Reflect Free to backup to an external USB 3.0 hard drive. The source can be an internal or external drive, procedure is the same.

    You can do an image backup from one external drive to another external drive, one internal to external or external to internal. Macrium handles it all.
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    I've been setting up backup systems for PC's since the early 1980's.
    The rules have not changed.

    Find the backup program that will suit your needs and make sure that it will run from a Bootable media, and not only in Windows.
    Because, when Windows gets corrupted, or your main HD goes up in fire and smoke, you can't run a restore program from that drive.

    For the greatest safety, the Backup Image File must NOT be on the computer that you're backing up. Eh?

    Not all backup programs are created equal.... some will only run from within Windows, and for me, that makes them worthless.

    Personally, I use the old DOS backup program "Ghost 11.5" which I can run from a bootable Flash Drive or CD.
    Then I save my Backup Image Files to External USB 3.0 hard drives.
    Another nice thing about Ghost, is that it is Windows version independent, and it will back up all versions from Win-98 to Win-10.
    A friend of mine, even tells me that Ghost will back up Windows Server and Linux.
    Ghost 11.5 is still available for those willing to search for it. Symantec no longer supports it.

    Cheers Mates!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I've been setting up backup systems for PC's since the early 1980's.
    The rules have not changed.

    Find the backup program that will suit your needs and make sure that it will run from a Bootable media, and not only in Windows.
    Because, when Windows gets corrupted, or your main HD goes up in fire and smoke, you can't run a restore program from that drive.

    For the greatest safety, the Backup Image File must NOT be on the computer that you're backing up. Eh?

    Not all backup programs are created equal.... some will only run from within Windows, and for me, that makes them worthless.

    Personally, I use the old DOS backup program "Ghost 11.5" which I can run from a bootable Flash Drive or CD.
    Then I save my Backup Image Files to External USB 3.0 hard drives.
    Another nice thing about Ghost, is that it is Windows version independent, and it will back up all versions from Win-98 to Win-10.
    A friend of mine, even tells me that Ghost will back up Windows Server and Linux.
    Ghost 11.5 is still available for those willing to search for it. Symantec no longer supports it.

    Cheers Mates!
    That's interesting, Samsung was giving out Ghost to clone new drives, they failed to clone a UEFI SSD back in 2012 - 13 I guess I got this wrong though https://support.symantec.com/en_US/a...ECH111106.html anyway we all in the ROG Forum went to Macrium Reflect as UEFI/GPT was implemented?
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