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Experts,
I have a 1 TB external USB drive that I've equally partioned - one for backups only and the second to keep an image of my primary desktop.
Is this possible and if so, what GOOD software would you recommend?
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What operating system are we talking about?

If this is Windows 7 (and presumably 8) you can use the Windows full system image on the partition that is for "backup" and WinRar can read that image to restore specific files or the Recovery Disc to do a full restore. The partition has to be at least as big as you system disc you are backing up.  Then you do not have to have both a system image and a file-by-file backup. I have tried this on my own system Win 7 with a external 2TB drive and dual 1TB internal drives in Raid 0 config.
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by:Frank Freese
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Windows 7
I have not located the Ful System Image for backup that you mentioned or the WinRar. Are they part of Windows 7
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Just found the Image Backup. I guess then I could create on the other partition my backups?
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If I were you I wouldn't backup to the same disk. If the disk breaks (and all disks will break, some sooner, others later) you loose both backups. You should rather get several disks and cycle through them when backing up.

Personally I'd recommend using Paragon's backup and recovery program. If this is a private PC you can use the free version. It compresses the backup so you don't need the same space for the backup as what your system uses.
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Great suggestion
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WinRar is a third party program not part of Windows but there is a free for personal use version. I agree that having backups on separate physical discs is more ideal. Also having incremental backups of only recent file changes will save time. A good commercial backup program will do this. I just haven't found a great one yet that seems worth the money.
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thanks folks
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