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Topic: Hard Drive Back Up

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    Hard Drive Back Up

    I would like to be able to back up everything on my music dedicated computer, including the programs. Do you advise me to use an external hardrive?

    Also, does the external hard drive put store the programs as well as the files? Since I think my hard drive may be failing I would like to be able to buy a new one when needed and not have to re install all the programs and set-ups I have.


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    Re: Hard Drive Back Up

    A lot of the external drives inlcude one-touch backups.

    At work I just got a "Maxtor OneTouch III". The drive includes USB2, FW400 and FW800. The power supply is small. (That's important if you plan to put it in your laptop case.) The case is nice with a no-slip exterior. (Though it's a tad thicker than some.) It has a "hard" power switch, and a big button for backups on the front.

    Maxtor drives aren't known for having the super best seek performance, but they're owned by Seagate now. Who knows which guts are inside. But if it's for backups, rather than samples, you don't necessarily need the last drop of seek speed.

    There are cheaper solutions. FW800 bumps the price a bit.

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    Re: Hard Drive Back Up

    Thanks Jon,
    But does that mean it also is putting the programs themselves with my settings on them?


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    Re: Hard Drive Back Up

    That's my understanding. (I haven't yet had to do a restore.)

    The key is that the program needs to back up the Windows Registry.

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    Chandler, Arizona

    Re: Hard Drive Back Up

    I prefer to use an imaging product such as Symantec Ghost to backup my OS. I do this on a regular basis.

    I also use Windows Backup to backup to an extra drive in my system a couple times a week. This captures the changed files from the last Ghost image and it also backs up my drive with my audio and video projects on it.


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    Senior Member rwayland's Avatar
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    Jun 2004
    California Redwoods

    Re: Hard Drive Back Up

    My backup:

    1. Windows system restore, handy if an update generates trouble.

    2. Symantec Ghost once a week or so to backup my C drive, which contains the operating system and applications. I maintain at least 3 backups.

    3. Mostly, every day, Nero to backup the drive containing my data files. I maintain at least 5 backups.

    All backups go to an external usb drive, easy to grab and run if needed.

    Also, mp3's of most of my music, Sibelius scores, Sonar files are now and then copied to a Zen Micro.

    It is probably a remnant of my days in military communications, but backups seem extremely important.


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    Senior Member Steve_Karl's Avatar
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    May 2004
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206 USA

    Re: Hard Drive Back Up

    I use Drive Image for backing up the OS partitions and my own personal .bat files for macking up my data and audio files.
    All data is backed up across the network to other PCs.

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