Backing up Ghost Image on an External hard drive

Posted on 2009-12-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I'd like to ask for some advice on my current situation. I have 2 pc's setup on a workgroup that communicate with each other and are not linked to our main server/domian. What I would like to do is backup an image of each pc's hard drive once a week to a 1 TB external hard drive. I want to be able to keep a backup hard drive for each pc that if anything goes wrong I can swap the HD (worst case scenario) and shoot the image with little or no production lost. Is this possible and will the 1TB drive be large enough to save both images?
Can I have the ghost image also record everything (saved files and software). Any comments will be helpful. Thanks
Question by:Jmoreland
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    If you do a block by block image with ghost it just copies the whole hard drive.  So all files and software settings are included.  You need to do this manually as the pc can not be booted to copy the software settings while it is running.  The 1TB is large enough if each PC has an internal hard drive under 500GB.  It also depends on how many images you want to keep.  If your internal hard drive is 60GB and you have two of them then you can do 8 total backups of each PC.  Then just delete ones you are comfortable with deleting.

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    I'm thinking a monthly block by block ghost image with a weekly backup of our production folder to take offsite will suffice. Thanks for the quick reply.  

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