noob WinXP backup question - new question
Yesterday my system took a dump and I had to rebuild my RAID array and reinstall Windows and everything else. I've got WinXP Professional and after rebuilding my machine I ran the Windows backup utility to save my C: drive but I can't figure out how to get the backup file onto DVD.
I've tried Alcohol 120% to copy the MSbackup file to DVD but it wouldn't do it and I also tried dragging it to my D: drive to initiate a burn but that didn't work either. Crap this seems like s simple task but I'm kinda lost here.
There is a limit to how much data you can transfer to a DVD disk. You are probably over that limit. Make multiple backups that do not exceed the limit for the DVD disk, (which I think is like 6G). Good luck!
Damnit, the no frills burning of click and drag onto CD/DVD writable drive in WinXP only works for CDs and not DVDs. Fuggit, I'll just get Norton Ghost.
Have you tried zipping it? Although Ghost and GoBack are pretty groovy.
Originally Posted by JMR
Bah the click and drag won't work for writing info to DVD's.
Let's say I do a backup of my partition that holds my programs and let's also say I do I reinstalation of WinXP. If I restore my programs partition with it also restore the registry entries so that these programs function properly with a fresh install of Windows? Or are you screwed in the sense you have to resintall all programs from scratch?
JMR, what you are looking for is not a backup - backup in this sense refers to backing up your data - email addresses, documents, save games, mp3s, etc.
What you want is a drive image. Say you reinstall windows, put your bookmarks, all the firefox extentions you want, etc. Then you make an image. If anything goes wrong, you restore the image which makes the computer exactly as it was at that point.
For a complete restore, then, you want an up-to-date image as well as a backup of all your data. That's where you'd use the DVD's as backups.
You want a product such as Norton Ghost, Acronis TrueImage or Powerquest Driveimage.
I think Trueimage is the newbie-friendly product. The old ghosts were powerful, but kinda a pain to make the bootdisk with the drivers you want.
Default option creates a separate partition on a hard drive that only Trueimage is supposed to touch.
There's so many nasty, nasty trojans out there my practice is now keeping images around on a hard drive and unplugging it. Getting really paranoid. Viruses can now inject code so it appears iexplore.exe is running but it's also doing whatever the jolly trojan wants.
It's annoying. I have a few computers around, I'll hook them up to the net and the zombie masters can do whatever they want with those, just leave this other machine alone so I can get maximum framerate in battlefield! I'll pay you whatever the antivirus people charge for an annual subscription. Protection money! I give up. Unfortunately these bastages are not honorable so we can't come up with a mutually-satisfying deal.