My Pictures folder (contains Pics of my little one) My Documents folder Explorer Favorites Outlook Express (all messages and Addresses) All old sat files THE WHOLE C DRIVE (this gives backup incase windows goes wappy or gets too bogged down with crappy programs)
How often do you do it - ?
Where do you back it up to - ? 1. to a second internal hard drive 2. Also to and external usb2 hard drive
What Programmes do you use - ?
All the folders I just copy and paste The c: drive is copied using Drive Image 2002
The way to decide what to back up is imagine that your hard disk crashes and all your data is lost. What important or useful information will you miss or need.
1 Wot do i backup (me when i return home at 3am and Dragon breathing fire) 2 How often do i do it,(not very often) she`s always in a MOOD about me returning home at 3am. 3 How do i backup (as quickly as possible) 4 What programs do i use,(Private gold, palco x,xx,xzone)reasons as with answer 1,2,
1 about 20gb, install your OS (winXX, or what ever favour), install all your programs (Office, CD burning, CD ripping etc, anti virus). Test it make sure it works ok for the purpose. Ghost the whole drive into your second drive (drive could be any size you like), burn the image onto CD (best if you can make CD bootable).
Any problem with your C drive or its programs or been nuked by virus, just ghost from the image and presto, you have good drive again
As to your second drive, save your data, your works your download into seperate folders, when it get to 650 or 700 or 4.7GB if you are rich enough to own DVD burner, just burn to CD or DVD.
If you install and deinstall software frequently, it would help a lot because your working C drive will be "intact" forever
If you like something you've installed and want to use it regularly you just have to ghost your C drive again, and burn another image, (a full XP and SP1 install + Office and other progs comes to about 4gb, ghost with high compression, i squeze it into 3 CDs)
Ghost 2001 wont do XP with NTFS but it will do XP with FAT, Ghost 2002 and 2003 does it but it needs serial everytime you un pack it, very inconvenient)
Only 1 prob with that Dragonfly mine is a ultra 320 scsi hd cost me £360, and i need another u320 hd to backup to. As for Nobblys idea system restore i have just tried it set it to sept 11 and could not even access internet, and a shit load of "do you want to inform microshite" its probally Bill who`s farged my comp up in the first place as about 2 weeks ago i got a message that i have an illeagle copy of xp pro. SO IT LOOKS LIKE A FORMAT