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02-11-2006 09:59 AM  12 years agoPost 21
cfranks

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I'm agree with arthurk. I've had Livestate for a while and it is great. Ghost was good but a bit cumbersome but if you ghosted an image and had to change some of your hardware (say the motherboard) then the Ghost image wouldn't work. Livestate should work although I haven't felt the need to test it yet.

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02-11-2006 12:41 PM  12 years agoPost 22
PaulH-MA

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I run a backup system at work that handles all of the servers and even spiders out to the desktop machines, so I do have a bit of experience in setting these up.

My recommendation would be to get an external hard drive that connects via USB or IEEE-1394 (Firewire, iLink, etc.) Make sure that all of your personal documents are stored only in your profile. In Windows 2000 and XP your profile can be found under "C:\Documents and Settings".

Windows has a simple, but functional backup program included in it. Just set it up to back up the "Documents and Settings" folder to the external drive every night at 3am. Once a week do a full backup, but do an incremental backup every night.

If the worse should happen, reinstall your software from the original discs, then use the external drive to get back your document, favorites, etc.

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02-11-2006 01:53 PM  12 years agoPost 23
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Simplest and cheapest solution I have found is to use the schedule backup feature of XP (which is not installed by default, must find it in disk) unto a r/w dvd or cd...whichever you have...most PC have one or the other.

Raid is more for a system that "has to" keep running such as a server.

Althought Ghost is another option...you still have to "store" that image somewhere.

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02-11-2006 03:45 PM  12 years agoPost 24
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The maxtor external drive simply plugs into a USB port and is ready to use. You install the software and press one button and it copies the whole drive to your backup. Everytime you do a backup,it looks at what is on your back up drive and compares it with whats on your main drive and only copies what is missing. it saves time,and you can even restore your main drive from it should it die or loose data. DOUG

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02-12-2006 02:23 AM  12 years agoPost 25
wesb1999

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I think one of the best ways to accomplish your original goal is to install an extra drive internally and use the newest version of Norton Ghost. It has a scheduler that you can set to create that "point-in-time" snapshot you were asking for. Set it to dump the image to that extra drive and your ready to crooooze!

The newest Ghost (Ghost v9) is able to create snapshots while the computer is booted (no restarts! ) and can do this while your working. Best of all if you did lose your system partition (maybe both drives in the RAID-1 failed or whatever) for any reason you have the ability to install a new hard drive (system partition), boot to a floppy disk with ghost on it and restore the image of your choice from that second drive you installed earlier. Pretty slick!

Definitely do the RAID-1 for the system partition but have a spare drive hooked up and get Ghost v9 for the scheduled images. It's saved my tail several times...

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02-12-2006 03:19 PM  12 years agoPost 26
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wesb1999,

Do the drives have to be the same size? If I add another internal HD, which is what I'm leaning towards, can I go bigger with Ghost?

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02-12-2006 08:35 PM  12 years agoPost 27
wesb1999

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Sure. All this stuff is very flexible just go slow and be careful before any move. The two drives in RAID-1 should be the same size and model but technically it's not required. If you want to take the opportunity to get a bigger c-drive then this is a good time to do it. You can use Ghost to transfer everything from the original drive to a much larger drive. There are some issues to consider if your current OS file system is FAT but let me know if this is the case and I'll go over those.

What specifically are you considering? PM me if you want to talk offline. I think your original idea was very good with a couple modifications:
- 2x drives attached to a RAID controller configured as RAID-1 (C-drive)
- 1x drive attached to your motherboards controller (D- or E-drive)
- Purchase and install Ghost v9. Setup a regular schedule for Ghost to image your c-drive.
This setup protects you from downtime and data loss if you lose a drive in the mirror. The Ghost images are there if any files becomes corrupt or are deleted.

Wes

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02-13-2006 03:57 PM  12 years agoPost 28
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02-13-2006 06:13 PM  12 years agoPost 29
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Image the PC using BART PC, it is a free tool.
Or

Go with Windows Virtual sever, it is like VMware, and allows for system snap shots and backups, these are very fast!

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