Replacing failing main drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Tom Filipi, Jun 3, 2007.

  1. Tom Filipi

    Tom Filipi Guest

    I am getting a warning of imminent failure from my primary drive. I was
    getting ready to do the recommended backup, when I noticed the message that
    system and program files would _not_ be backed up. How can I create a backup
    that will avoid my having to reinstall all my software?
    Tom Filipi, Jun 3, 2007
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  2. Tom Filipi

    Charlie Tame Guest

    The best software I know of for this is Acronis, I know their support
    people work very hard if problems arise and I like the way you can
    restore an image using just a CD (And an image of course)

    I can only suggest this one because it's the only one I know from
    Charlie Tame, Jun 3, 2007
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  3. You need third-party software that will do an image or clone of your
    entire drive. I recommend Acronis True Image.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Jun 3, 2007
  4. Try Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image. If your hard drive is the only thing
    going, it makes an exact clone to the new hard drive. EVERYTHING will be the
    same as it was on the old drive. Just clone it, take out the old one, and
    boot to the same OS, same files, same programs, same everything.

    Also, for a freeware version, there are a few different ones on the Ultimate
    Boot CD (downloadable... Google it!)
    Dustin Harper, Jun 3, 2007
  5. Tom Filipi

    Tom Filipi Guest

    I did purchase a drive copying package - DriveClone 3 from Farstone.
    Unfortunately, it converted both the original and the 'clone' to unbootable
    drives that couldn't be repaired with the installation CD. Is there any
    assurance that Ghost or True Image won't do the same thing?
    Tom Filipi, Jun 6, 2007
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