Complete PC Backup to external hard drive: share the drive?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Dick Watson, Aug 17, 2008.

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    Dick Watson Guest

    Does Complete PC Backup to an external hard drive allow the drive to store
    other files and, specifically, to use the same external drive to do Complete
    PC Backups of, say, both a Vista Laptop and a Vista Desktop?

    Or does it assume the external hard drive is dedicated to a Complete PC
    Backup of just one Vista machine?
     
    Dick Watson, Aug 17, 2008
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    You can use your external for anything, anywhere you want

    You can do everything you just asked for, and more

    Relax
     
    joel406, Aug 17, 2008
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  3. The trick is to partition the external hard drive.

    I have a small external hard drive (80GB) which I use for backing up. I have
    created two partitions one of 20GB which I use for backing up data (i.e.,
    simply copying and pasting files from my PC hard drive) and a 60GB partition
    which is used for backing up my system.

    When you first use Complete PC Backup you direct the backup to the
    drive/partition you want the backup to be stored on. After the initial
    backup Complete PC Backup makes a note of that drive/partition so that the
    next time you come to backup Complete PC Backup will immediately recognize
    where it needs to put the files. It will then do an 'incremental' backup
    (Only replacing the files that have been updated or changed.)

    As you are using a laptop and desktop you would probably be wise to
    partition the external drive and give the partitions meaningful names, such
    as laptop backup etc. Because you will be using the copy of Complete PC
    Backup which resides on each of your computers, Complete PC Backup will know
    which partition to update when you next come to backup ether of your
    systems.

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    And if I don't partition it, can I still store two system's worth of
    "Complete PC Backup" .VHD files (and maybe use it for regular file backups
    besides) and they don't conflict?

    BTW, while we are on the subject, what happened to just being able to pick a
    folder and back it up? I guess I see why they dumbed down Backup and Restore
    Center for the majority of users, but am wondering if there is a more
    flexible UI hiding somewhere for the rest of us.

    The problem with partitions is always how to size them to avoid having to
    use a tool like Acronis Disk Director.

    I'd test this, but I don't have a free external to play with. I use WHS to
    back up my systems, but my daughter is looking for a simpler solution for
    her desktop and laptop.
     
    Dick Watson, Aug 18, 2008
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  5. That question, Dick, I cannot readily answer and, unfortunately, due to my
    laptop not being able to run Vista Ultimate, I'm not in a position to test
    it. With something like Acronis True Image each file can be given its own
    name, whereas with Complete PC Backup you can't rename the file, Complete Pc
    Backup uses its own naming convention, this is why I prefer separate
    partitions.

    To be honest, although I do use Complete PC Backup, I much prefer to use
    Acronis True Image, simply because it gives me more control.

    As for backing up a folder there isn't any 'hidden' GI as far as I know. The
    only folders available for backing up are: Pictures; Music; Video; E-mail;
    Documents; TV Shows; Compressed Files and Additional Files.

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