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Hard Drive/Computer back up

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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
I wonder if someone can help/clear something up for me

i used Acronis to make a complete back up of my c drive, say for example my mobo one day stopped working so i replaced it etc then the back up i have would be near on useless wouldnt it as it would contain the drivers for the old pc/mobo

is there a better way to back my c drive up,
really all i would need back is my outlook contacts/emails - internet exp faves - software installed - documents etc

is there any software i can use to do the above and is it better then just making a complete back up
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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Which O/S are you using?
#2
It should install the new drivers when it first boots up if you ever did replace the mobo.
#3
windows xp, but deathtrap3000 when i then loaded the back up would it not load the complete backup image ie the system files/settings including the drivers etc
#4
what did you back it up to?
an external drive or another internal one?
#5
another internal
#6
If you are using Acronis True Image then I thought that had the ability to back up things like Outlook data and settings and other personal files.

I have never used it, but that is what they say on their web site:

http://www.acronis.co.uk/promo/ATI/ati11home-001.html?source=uk_google&ad=ati&gclid=CNGhtPGtjZQCFQ2L1Qod7EJ7WA

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>really all i would need back is my outlook contacts/emails - internet exp faves - software installed - documents etc

Note that you CANNOT back up installed software. The way software is installed on Windows, particulalry with the updating of the registry, means that you cannot back up installed software.

IF you needed to rebuild the PC with a new install of Windows then you would need to re-install all your individual software one at a time.

I usually keep all my personal files in the "My Documents" folder on XP, and I make sure that I back the contents of that folder up on a regular basis.

The main two things that are outside of "My Documents" that you may want to keep are your internet favourites and your Outlook settings and files. I guess Acronis can back them up.
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>is there any software i can use to do the above and is it better then just making a complete back up

I tend to do a combination of complete hard disk back up, and individual file/folder backup.

It is a good idea to make a complete back up of your hard drive just in case your hard drive crashes, or maybe Windows gets a major virus or other problem. With a complete hard disk back up then you can restore Windows quickly.

But as well as a complete hard disk backup you do need to back up individual personal files/folders because, as you say, if your motherboard crashes the complete back up will be no good.

So a regular backup of individual files/folders will be very useful if you have to rebuild your PC.
#8
thanks for the reply, i think i will do what you do and make a folder with all my inportant bits and bob's with in that folder and back that up, do you no is there a way i can get a list of all installed software (what version etc) just incase i do rebuild one day and need a list of what software i had installed etc
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Dub1
do you no is there a way i can get a list of all installed software (what version etc) just incase i do rebuild one day and need a list of what software i had installed etc


If you open up the Windows Control Panel then open up Add and Remove Programs that lists all the programs installed on your PC, including many (but maybe not all) release levels.

Note that some of the programs on there you may not recognize, but they may be drivers or programs used by Windows, or maybe programs for a printer or other hardware device.

Make a note of them all because they will all be important and you will need to reinstall them all if you ever need to reinstall Windows.

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