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Backing Up The Pc


evan_wilder

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I've been copying all my computor files by drag to disc onto an external harddrive. I was jut looking at the Sonic feature 'Backup my PC'. My question, Is there a difference when you copy files onto an external hard drive via 'drag to disc' or 'Backup my PC' or some other method?

 

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I've been copying all my computor files by drag to disc onto an external harddrive. I was jut looking at the Sonic feature 'Backup my PC'. My question, Is there a difference when you copy files onto an external hard drive via 'drag to disc' or 'Backup my PC' or some other method?

 

Evan

Actually, you have NOT been backing up your PC.

 

First, Drag2Disc wouldn't do anything unless you had a computer already running with Drag2Disc installed to read it.

 

Second, all Packet-Writing is notoriously fussy, often refusing to be read on anything other than the same system that created it, or refusing to be read at all.

 

Third, if you used RW media, RW media (by virtue of the same qualities that make it re-writable) will fade to blank over time, taking all the data with it.

 

Fourth, if you only copy the files, you don't have the registry entries that make the files operative. Even if you copied the files to a new Hard Drive, the programs wouldn't work.

 

For system backup, I'd suggest either Norton's Ghost, or Acronis True Image.

 

BUMP is better than what you are presently doing, but it is NOT a backup that can be used to restore a system.

 

Lynn

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