April 13, 2010
I was one of the unfortunate ones who had their posts and answers wiped out when the problem occured with dotTech's server earlier this month. I got messages in my email that Karen and Amnesia had answered my post and I briefly looked over their comments and decided to come back in a few days and review them again…..Alas, the posts were all gone when I clicked on the links and only learned what happened when I saw the topic, WHAT HAPPENED?
In a nutshell, let me repeat my problem. I kept getting the message that my C drive was low on space, so I checked and found that my Dell Dimension 2400 computer was born with only a 40GB HDD. I picked up a replacement HDD whiich has 320GB of capacity (which is 8 times what I have now). I need to be re-told how to backup my computer so that I don't lose all the registrations for all the Software that I have acquired through Giveaway of the Day and dotTech. I mentioned that I have too many backup programs already, Paragon, Ocster, Genie Timeline, Easeus Partition Master with Create Bootable Disc feature, GFI Backup and Double Safety Backup. I believe I was advised to be sure whichever program I used created "an image back-up??" and a bootable disc. There were some other cautions as well. Hopefully Karen and Amnesia (and possibly someone else whose name escapes me) can recall their advise without having to research too hard again. I'm not sure which backup program I should use and which ones I should probably get rid of. I'm a relative newbie so I download everything that looks good. That's why my C drive is bulging. Thanx again for your help. Next time I'll print all the comments so I don't risk losing them while I digest the information. (By the way, that information would not have been backed up by one of my backup programs, would it?) If so, how would I find it?
November 1, 2009
1) buy a new hard drive
2) use a backup program that creates "image" backups.
3) verify that it can restore to a new, different sized hard drive
4) burn a cd/dvd from the backup program that you can boot from
5) make the image backup
6) install the new hard drive
7) boot computer from cd/dvd\
8) follow options of selected backup program to restore
9) remove cd/dvd and boot from new hard drive
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