Preforming a backup to prepare for Windows 7. Need help and suggestions please!

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  1. AkoCham

    AkoCham New Member

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    I want to perform a backup of my data partition on my current XP system but truth be told, I have never actually performed a backup before.

    Now, all of my Data files are on my D:\ partition and I have a Seagate 1TB external hard drive. I have the obvious plan of backing up all of my D:\ files to the External HDD but I am just confused as to how to go about this correctly.

    Should I use the built in backup utility in Windows XP or should I just Copy and Paste all of my files from my D:\ drive to the External HDD? Does it even matter?

    Thanks.
     
  2. SIW2

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  3. AkoCham

    AkoCham New Member

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    Yeah I figured it wouldn't matter if I just used copy and paste. As far as browser bookmarks and such goes, I was just planning on documenting all of my bookmarks before I installed and just manually putting everything back in there. Not to mention I only use web-based e-mail so that won't be a big deal.

    Also, do those free apps have any advantage over using XP's backup utility?
     
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    I have never used XP backup function.

    Those apps work well, though.
     
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    AkoCham New Member

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    Ahhh I see. Well I just downloaded GFI and am about to perform a backup of my Data drive.

    One thing I don't get though. If I use GFI to perform a backup do I need GFI again when I install Windows 7 to restore all of my files?
     
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    It backs them up either without compression - i.e. just copies them , or with compression into a .zip .

    You don't need any special software to access those - windows explorer will do.

    It's just as easy, and more fun - to use GFI to restore, as well.

    It is probably a good idea to use it to make periodic file/folder backups , preferably onto an external HD ( you can schedule it) - you never know when you will grateful you have done that.

    It's an even beter idea to make image backups of your o/s partition - you could use the built in Windows Backup on 7 - but other apps. are better imo.

    Macrium Reflect free is excellent:

    Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
     
    #6 SIW2, Oct 19, 2009
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    AkoCham New Member

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    Great stuff. Thanks for all the info and links!!
     

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