How do I make a copy of my hard drive to a DVD or an external drive?
The tools recommended above is ok. But i want to recommend you another software which has many great functions and is free for home users. It can backup your hard drive in a short time. Maybe you can have a look at it and decide to choose the most suitable tool for yourself:
i have a hp laptop that the memory is full,...the cd drive is bad so i cant re-install my origional os cd's to restore it-----i want to erase / wipe the hard drive to free it up so i can use it for new things ------- any sigggestions----just removing doc's and programs doesnt help.....its a xp 2000 os good computer, just full of stuff i dont need anymore... thanks in advance......carl
you should ask this as a new question.
you could also use a program like macrium reflect free which can save whole drives or partitions to another drive or partition and can also create a LINUX based recovery startup disk, that can restore complete disks or selected folders in case of a major crash.
the only limit is that you have to have a WD brand HD attached to the system. It doesn't have to be involved in the backup or restore, just attached.
Yes - LOTs of ways to clone a hard drive! Tina's link is great - there are also the many hard drive backup tools that may offer what you want:
Masket,one thing to keep in mind here, if you want to clone the entire hard drive (incl. system files etc) then you need a program which is able to copy system files and files used by OS as well. Most of such programs will do the copy/cloning job outside Windows, usually before the Windows starts.
Apart from the options suggested above, if you can get around your computer easily, you could always use Clonezilla, which is a Live Linux Distro that is specifically made to create clone images of your hard disks/partitions. The learning curve is a bit steep, but you can get down to it using the tutorials on the site.
You can also use the windows back up on both, XP:
or Vista and Windows 7:
and automate the process.
check out this article: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-ways-to-clone-and-copy-your-hard-drive/