The best solution for a complete Backup - 200GB HDD

Posted on 2006-04-09
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Last Modified: 2011-09-20
Here is my situation:

I would like to sync my entire system to a backup (which I was able to do fine w/ Ghost on my 20GB HDD), but I have recently purchased a 200GB drive. and for the backup to run, we are sync about 2-3 days.

I am looking for a solution that will allow a full system restore - meaning OS, configs, registry settings, programs, etc etc - everything! I am talking about when my entire computer crashes, and I have to start up for a boot disk.

Can anyone recommend a method or solution to solve this issue? Even if something is running in the bg I am ok.. I just want a working solution for this. SOS

Question by:w3developing
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Lee W, MVP earned 672 total points
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If you're looking to protect against a single hard disk failure, get yourself a RAID controller and setup a Mirror.
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PUNKY earned 664 total points
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GHOST would do the job for you, but recommend from Mr. Leew is great choice, since it would easy to get anything back on and working in case of emergency!!! Unless you are not familiar with RAID, so I would recommend the GHOST.


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Ghost would be the best option, or Powerquest PQI.  

Maybe get an external 200gb drive and do a backup to that, or even a second internal drive.  
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kode99 earned 664 total points
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Check out Acronis True Image,

Very easy to use and works well.  You make a boot disk which will allow you to easily do a full system restore with no fuss at all.  It's saved my bacon a few times.  It is also more bang for the buck than Ghost.

Also the mirror is probably a wise choice but it is not a 'backup'.  Meaning it will protect against a disk hardware failure but if you system is messed in some other way you will need a proper backup.  The mirror will not prevent a problem with a virus or a screwed up registry etc.

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You may wish to try Acronis Trueimage.
I have find it rather useful and maybe the article below will give you a better view..

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