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Old 07-25-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I was wondering about creating a replacement hard drive by mirroring the current OS and data with Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image.

Can I have a second drive just ready to swap out, loaded with the OS, drivers, data, etc?
Would that be worthwhile?

One consideration is that I may want to upgrade to a larger 7200 drive from my 80 gig 5400.
I thought it may be simpler if I had mirrored data to load to the new drive.
The original drive would function as a backup...

Thoughts, please, regarding the concept and/or either of the software mentioned above?
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:35 AM
 
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I use True Image all the time. I use it to make periodic images of my system. It saves my entire C and D drives to huge files on another disk. Should either of my drives die (or Windows just gets horribly corrupted) I can restore quickly from the backup image. True Image also has an option to clone a hard disk. That's useful when upgrading to a larger disk as the clone is bootable. After you clone, you just pull out the old drive, connect the new one in its place (ie. Primary Master or SATA0 port) and you boot up on the new drive as if nothing had happened. Sure beats reloading everything from scratch on the new disk. Ghost does all of this too but I don't use Ghost since Symantec decided to screw up a perfectly good product.
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:35 AM
 
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This is exactly the input I was seeking.

Thanks!
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:16 PM
 
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I second Acronis True Image for making mirror images of hard drives. Since Norton Ghost 9.0 and above, I have had nothing but problems with Ghost.

Your data will be only as safe as your last image created. If you go the disk image back-up route, back up often and be certain to verify your backups.

The only thing better than back-up disk imaging (that I know about) is implementing a RAID solution. Note that RAID provides better recovery from a disk failure, but is not a replacement for a good data backup routine.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I second Acronis True Image for making mirror images of hard drives. Since Norton Ghost 9.0 and above, I have had nothing but problems with Ghost.

Your data will be only as safe as your last image created. If you go the disk image back-up route, back up often and be certain to verify your backups.

The only thing better than back-up disk imaging (that I know about) is implementing a RAID solution. Note that RAID provides better recovery from a disk failure, but is not a replacement for a good data backup routine.
I have RAID on my desktop, but it is my laptop that let me down.
Thanks for the input!
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:47 PM
 
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I wouldn't rely 100% on image backups either. They're great for getting you back up and running quickly after a problem but they're slow to create. Also, what happens if the program has a problem and refuses to restore your data? I do image backups once a month or two but I also do nightly file-by-file backups of the most important stuff both to an online storage account using Jungledisk and to zip files on an extra internal hard drive.
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:08 PM
 
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More to think about.

Thanks again!
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