Need to back up os/apps/data on my laptop.

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  1. MartyFukstein

    MartyFukstein OT Supporter

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    I bought a Seagate Free Agent Go external hard drive.

    It allows me to specify data folders that get backed up every night, but does not allow me to take a full system snapshot (OS, data, applications...everything).

    I need an external hard drive that backs up the entire image of my drive, and allows me to go back in time (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10 days) to a previous image when necessary.

    What do I need to buy?
     
  2. SeeVinceRun

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    I think Acronis can do scheduled imaging of the drive.
     
  3. crontab

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    you need a software based solution as opposed to a hardware solution with the software include.

    that said, the recommended acronis as well as other drive imaging utils can do this. if they don't have built-in scheduling, you may be able to schedule the task yourself.

    if the seagate external is large enough you can keep using that as the destination.
     
  4. MartyFukstein

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    Let's say my whole PC is not bootable.

    Can I boot to the Acronis CD, then have it recognize my external HD, then load the image from the external HD to the laptop's HD?
     
  5. DigiCrime

    DigiCrime If Only!

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    Maxtor makes these one touch external drives that come with scheduling software or you can just hit the button and it does it on its own.

    XP and vista has its own backup feature you can schedule it if you want.

    Are you wanting to do this or actually image the entire drive so you retain your partitions/mbr as well ?
     
  6. MartyFukstein

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    Image the entire drive.

    Here's what I'd really like to do:

    1. Wipe drive.
    2. Install OS/Apps. Apply all personal settings.
    3. Image drive.
    4. Back up data daily.
    5. Use laptop until it gets slow and buggy.
    6. Load image so I'm back to a fresh and fast running image.
    7. Load data from backup.
     

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