How can I copy my hard drive?

Masket July 12, 2010
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How do I make a copy of my hard drive to a DVD or an external drive?

  1. Antony
    February 18, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Hi,
    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:
    http://www.todo-backup.com/products/home/free-backup-software.htm

  2. Clb3chey
    July 19, 2010 at 11:15 am

    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

    • Tina
      July 19, 2010 at 5:27 pm

      Carl,

      you should ask this as a new question.

  3. Gmnelson2009
    July 16, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    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.

  4. Arjay67
    July 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    http://support.wdc.com/product/downloaddetail.asp?swid=119&wdc_lang=en

    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.

  5. Ryan Dube
    July 14, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    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:

    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/top-10-backup-software-for-pc/
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/backup-your-hard-drive-with-syncback/
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/3-backup-tools/

    • Aibek
      July 20, 2010 at 7:32 am

      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.

  6. Anonymous
    July 14, 2010 at 5:39 am

    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.

    http://clonezilla.org/

  7. Taty
    July 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    You can also use the windows back up on both, XP:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/bott_03july14.mspx
    or Vista and Windows 7:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/backup-and-restore.aspx
    and automate the process.

  8. Tina
    July 13, 2010 at 5:16 am
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