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August 28, 2005 12:55:51 PM

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Hi folks,

There are various methods of backing up via operating systems , using
"ghost software" to hdd-hdd backup or using "partition magic software".

Appreciate if you can share your experiences what are the methods that
was used and the pro and cons !


thanks in advance
JC

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Anonymous
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August 28, 2005 8:29:30 PM

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"JC" <Jhayi22@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> Hi folks,
>
> There are various methods of backing up via operating systems , using
> "ghost software" to hdd-hdd backup or using "partition magic software".
>
> Appreciate if you can share your experiences what are the methods that
> was used and the pro and cons !
>
>
> thanks in advance
> JC
>
To be recommended is Acronis True Image. After installation. you can create
a self booting CD. It`s compatible with USB drives as well as internal
drives. Does everything you want.
Best wishes..OJ
Anonymous
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August 28, 2005 8:47:06 PM

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"JC" <Jhayi22@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1125244551.501025.78830@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> Hi folks,
>
> There are various methods of backing up via operating systems , using
> "ghost software" to hdd-hdd backup or using "partition magic software".
>
> Appreciate if you can share your experiences what are the methods that
> was used and the pro and cons !
>
>
> thanks in advance
> JC
>

Hi JC

I use Drive Image 7. Its saved the day on a few occasions! (Its now sold as
Symantec Ghost 9 that may have other issues I'm not aware of since I havent
used it).

DI7 The pros:

I can be sure that everything on the drive is saved and not have to worry
about forgetting anything ie files that may have been saved in the wrong
folder.

Its reliable. I have scheduled backups that run every Thursday night. Then
on Friday morning I burn the image segments to DVD-RW.

Its very fast. On my system it takes 40 mins to create and verify an image
of an 18Gb partition to another partition reserved for saving images to. I
once used Nero backup to do the same and it took over 9hrs and I couldnt use
my PC!!! Of course the amount of time it takes will depend on the speed of
your drives and processor and what level of compression is used.

You can save an image of an active system ie the very same drive than DI and
Windows are running from! (Though you should be aware that some files wont
save properly if the files are open eg Outlook Express Message Folders so
its best to close OE before imaging the drive OE messages are saved on.)

You can restore individual files/folders or the whole partition to any
location.

You can password protect the images.

You can browse the contents of the images just like using windows explorer
on an HDD.

The only cons I can think of...

You need to have sufficient drive space to save the images to. I use a
second drive for that very purpose. I wouldnt bother saving directly to DVD
or CD as it takes too long and if the disk write fails you lose the whole
thing so it could be a waste of time. I write to HDD first then use Nero to
copy to DVD later. Thats the only pain but it works. Once in a while I copy
the image segments to hispeed DVD-R and make several copies to store in
different locations.

YMMV but thats my take on it and throughly recommend it.

Guess it depends on how much data you need to backup.

HTH

Ian
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Anonymous
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August 29, 2005 12:05:02 AM

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Previously JC <Jhayi22@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi folks,

> There are various methods of backing up via operating systems , using
> "ghost software" to hdd-hdd backup or using "partition magic software".

> Appreciate if you can share your experiences what are the methods that
> was used and the pro and cons !

Creating a partition image with Linux. Fast and clean.
Since I have only FAT32 (for the exact reason to allow
Linux access), the first thing I do is fill up the empty
space with zeros and the do a compressed partition image
with 'cat' and 'bzip2'.

Disadvantages: No OS specific possibilities like partition
resizeing or the like.

Arno
August 29, 2005 12:43:59 AM

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"Arno Wagner" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
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> Previously JC <Jhayi22@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi folks,
>
> > There are various methods of backing up via operating systems , using
> > "ghost software" to hdd-hdd backup or using "partition magic software".
>
> > Appreciate if you can share your experiences what are the methods that
> > was used and the pro and cons !
>
> Creating a partition image with Linux. Fast and clean.
> Since I have only FAT32 (for the exact reason to allow
> Linux access), the first thing I do is fill up the empty
> space with zeros and the do a compressed partition image
> with 'cat' and 'bzip2'.
>
> Disadvantages: No OS specific possibilities like partition
> resizeing or the like.
>
> Arno

Another disadvantage is relatively poor image performance and the lack of
image integrity check.
Anonymous
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August 29, 2005 5:27:17 AM

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Previously Peter <peterfoxghost@yahoo.ca> wrote:

> "Arno Wagner" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
> news:3nejneF15ebjU1@individual.net...
>> Previously JC <Jhayi22@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Hi folks,
>>
>> > There are various methods of backing up via operating systems , using
>> > "ghost software" to hdd-hdd backup or using "partition magic software".
>>
>> > Appreciate if you can share your experiences what are the methods that
>> > was used and the pro and cons !
>>
>> Creating a partition image with Linux. Fast and clean.
>> Since I have only FAT32 (for the exact reason to allow
>> Linux access), the first thing I do is fill up the empty
>> space with zeros and the do a compressed partition image
>> with 'cat' and 'bzip2'.
>>
>> Disadvantages: No OS specific possibilities like partition
>> resizeing or the like.
>>
>> Arno

> Another disadvantage is relatively poor image performance and the lack of
> image integrity check.

Performance: Whatever the compressor gives. No compressor => ~25MB/s.
I would not call that bad...

Integrity check: None, but I do comparison to the original. This is
a fundamental problem with all sector imagers. Of course I can allways
mount via loopback, but ther is no filesystem checker for FAT32 under
linux that I know of.

Arno
August 29, 2005 1:30:53 PM

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> > Another disadvantage is relatively poor image performance and the lack
of
> > image integrity check.
>
> Performance: Whatever the compressor gives. No compressor => ~25MB/s.
> I would not call that bad...

"No compressor" ?
Do you normally take image with no compression? I don't think so.
To me image performance is the time required to take an image,
relative to original partition/disk size.
For the same partition/disk, I compare image taking times between
Ghost 8.x , TI or Linux image tool. Usually Ghost is fastest,
TI second and Linux the slowest.

>
> Integrity check: None, but I do comparison to the original. This is
> a fundamental problem with all sector imagers. Of course I can allways
> mount via loopback, but ther is no filesystem checker for FAT32 under
> linux that I know of.

How you do comparison to the original?
Anonymous
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August 29, 2005 9:39:00 PM

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The Western Digital software copied the complete boot partition
from my old WD80 to the new WD200.

"JC" <Jhayi22@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:1125244551.501025.78830@o13g2000cwo.googlegroups.com...
> Hi folks,
>
> There are various methods of backing up via operating systems , using
> "ghost software" to hdd-hdd backup or using "partition magic software".
>
> Appreciate if you can share your experiences what are the methods that
> was used and the pro and cons !
>
>
> thanks in advance
> JC
>
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