Hard drive size for backup

Posted on 2006-04-14
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Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I have a computer with two 80 gig hard drives, if i get a another hard drive to back it up will 160 gigs cut it, or do i really need a little more than that? id really like to stay with the 160 gig hard drive but is that cutting it too close? Cuase i know some hard drives don't always have exactly the amount of space they say.....
Question by:lsimmons85
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by:Wooky Jack
ID: 16457099
Are the two 80gig hard drives you have completely full?  If they are then yes you'd need a minimum of 160 to back up the both of them.  Windows XP only takes up 6 gigs at the most on one hard drive.  Any additional stuff added will take up space as well.  You can check to see how much space is used on each hard drive by going to:

My Computer

One click (selecting) the Local Disk C: and on the left side of the window it should show you the amount of space used to how much you have left.  Then you should just be able to determine what is a necessary sized hard drive to back them up.

Let me know if you need help with anything else.

Author Comment

ID: 16457273
the hard drives are not completetly full, i was going to use ghost to back it up. Will that work with the 160 gig drive? I don't plan on filling up the 2 80 gig drives anytime soon

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Wooky Jack earned 1500 total points
ID: 16457486
That would work perfectly.  Once you ghost the image of what you want saved make sure it goes to the 160.  Or not even buy the 160 and just ghost both 80 gig hard drives and back the images up on the both of them (if space is not a concern to you)


Good luck!

Hit me up if you have any other questions!

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by:Wooky Jack
ID: 16457676
Thanks for the points, I hope things worked out for you!

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