Solved

Is there a free software that we can use to copy the selected partitions or folders and back it up to a different drive or HDD.

Posted on 2008-06-16
6
173 Views
Last Modified: 2010-03-05
Hi,

Is there a free software that we can use to copy the selected partitions or folders and back it up to a different drive or HDD.
My reason to ask this is....
There are times when a machine does not boot because of a motherboard problem. Then we need to replace the machine to a new one. Then what are the easy ways of getting the old machine data to the new one.?

Regards
Sharath
0
Comment
Question by:bsharath
6 Comments
 
LVL 45

Expert Comment

by:sunnycoder
ID: 21800016
Hello bsharath,

Probably the easiest way is to put in the old HD in new system - if you want to preserve the old boot partition, use parition manager to create some space and install OS to this new partition. Else you can attach old HD as slave in the new machine.

Files etc can be easily copied using windows explorer.
I dont see a need for any special software - is there something that I am missing?

Regards,
sunnycoder
0
 
LVL 11

Author Comment

by:bsharath
ID: 21800070
There are times when we ask the user to take the back..They miss some data like favorites or desktop data ot there pst.
So if a software takes the job of copying all data to the new hdd from the selected drives. So later on he/she can delete what ever is not required.
Or a script that we can define these critical files in there. So we make sure we dont miss anything
0
 
LVL 11

Author Comment

by:bsharath
ID: 21800071
There are times when we ask the user to take the back..They miss some data like favorites or desktop data ot there pst.
So if a software takes the job of copying all data to the new hdd from the selected drives. So later on he/she can delete what ever is not required.
Or a script that we can define these critical files in there. So we make sure we dont miss anything
0
Creating Instructional Tutorials  

For Any Use & On Any Platform

Contextual Guidance at the moment of need helps your employees/users adopt software o& achieve even the most complex tasks instantly. Boost knowledge retention, software adoption & employee engagement with easy solution.

 
LVL 45

Accepted Solution

by:
sunnycoder earned 200 total points
ID: 21800087
okay .. I get the point ... there are several such softwares ... here is a list along with reviews
http://www.backup-software-reviews.com/

I have also heard of this one favourably
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/migrateeasy/
0
 
LVL 32

Assisted Solution

by:willcomp
willcomp earned 100 total points
ID: 21800251
I believe this is what you need.
http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm

Note that if you change hardware (different motherboard) and use an image to restore, a repair install of XP will probably be required to accomodate hardware changes.
0
 
LVL 92

Assisted Solution

by:nobus
nobus earned 200 total points
ID: 21801698
Depending on what you want, you can use the Files and settings transfer :  nothing else needed http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/crawford_november12.mspx
here a software that claims to do it : http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/

note that you can also sonnect the "old" disk to over usb to a new system to copy what you want, if you use an usb enclosure
0

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you try to extract and to view the contents of a Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU) for Windows Vista, you cannot extract the files from the MSU. Here we are going to explain how to extract those hotfix details without using any third pa…
No single Antivirus application (despite claims by manufacturers) will catch or protect you from all Virus / Malware or Spyware threats. That doesn't stop you from further protecting yourself however - and this article is to show you how.
The viewer will learn how to use the =DISCRINV command to create a discrete random variable, use this command to model a set of probabilities and outcomes in a Monte Carlo simulation, and learn how to find the standard deviation of a set of probabil…
Windows 10 is mostly good. However the one thing that annoys me is how many clicks you have to do to dial a VPN connection. You have to go to settings from the start menu, (2 clicks), Network and Internet (1 click), Click VPN (another click) then fi…

730 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question