View Full Version : taking a copy of my HD

17-09-2006, 09:30:34
I think one of my drives is dieing :(

I've got one of htese big external HDs as a backup but I was wondering if theres an easy way of simply dumping a copy of the whole dodgy drive to it so that if it fails I can simply replace the drive, copy the image back and have it all the same as before.

Cant simply drag and drop as the windows files and the profile files that are in use wont copy.

Is it possible to boot from a floppy or the XP CD and then copy the disk?

19-09-2006, 09:53:16

20-09-2006, 06:10:22
Floppy, yes. But then you can't access NTFS partitions. Booting from XP CD does no good, as you can only install, repair, or quit (reboot).

WHat you should have done was invest in Norton Ghost or Drive Image or True Image or similar. You can boot from the CD and image/restore the drive.
Guess what? You got to install it first.

Way I get around it is, have 2 OS. Win 2K (which I never boot with internet connected) and XP. When XP stops booting, I use 2K to rescue my data, then resinstall XP.