Re: How do I back up files and everything
From: NobodyMan (none_at_none.net)
Date: Sun, 04 Apr 2004 19:59:13 -0400
On Sat, 3 Apr 2004 19:54:41 -0500, "Mike" <email@example.com>
>"kooee" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> I agree but go one better;
>> Simply image the entire installation with Drive image.
>> Preferably to a second hard drive.
>> I use a bootable CD where it runs drive image or partition magic
>> Covers some of my solutions.
>> Plus help links.
>> Another good backup and programmable is NTI backup.
>> Backs up automatically, what you scheduled at every shutdown.
>> Partition Magic also includes similar software.
>> To recover whole installation with Drive Image, it takes 20 minutes for my
>I use Norton Ghost 2003.
>I may be wrong, but I don't see how any program that runs a backup from
>Windows can accurately image every one and zero on the disk, since actually
>running a program in Windows will likely cause the disk content to change
>while it is running. Ghost, although quite a bit more cumbersome to use than
>NTI Backup, images from DOS (even with Windows XP that does not include DOS)
>and therefore produces a perfect snapshot image of the HD exactly as it is
>when Ghost starts (Ghost 2003 coniguration takes place in Windows but the
>program actually runs in DOS).
>Ghost burns to only a very limited number of CD/DVD drives (mostly older
>ones), however, so you really need an external device, a second drive (if
>you are imaging a whole drive) or a second partition (if you are imaging a
>partition), on which to put the image and from where it can be burned to
>CD's using a third-party program such as Nero. Ghost is also a bit tricky
>to learn unless you are somewhat computer savvy. But for me, anyway, it's
>worth the effort to know that I am getting a perfect image.
Drive Image and Ghost work, but are not "Backup" programs. They are
tools that can be used for HD recovery, for sure, and are the tool of
choice in the enterprise when building systems as they allow the
admins to produce identical machines in minimal time, compared to
installing the OS then installing all the apps.
A true backup program, like NTBackup or many third party variations,
allow a variety of backup options, based on what files you are looking
Both options (HD imaging or true backups) have a place in the grand
scheme of things. We use Images to build new computers, or rehab ones
from the field, in minimal time. We backup the servers onto DAT using
a true backup program.