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bigal50

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    Back up Hard Drive
    « on: April 08, 2019, 07:31:48 PM »
    Is there s way to back up a hard drive Windows installation with all the program files then reinstall it on another hard drive. Because the current hard drive is making loud humming sounds. I am sure itís about to go!!

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    Re: Back up Hard Drive
    « Reply #1 on: April 08, 2019, 07:59:05 PM »
    What you what is a Disk Clone Program.
    Here is an article from archives of Computer Hope.
    https://www.computerhope.com/jargon/d/disk-clone.htm
    The process of disk cloning or disc cloning entails copying the contents from a floppy disk, CD or hard drive to an image file, then to another destination of the user's choosing. The difference between a standard copy and a disk clone is that the intermediate "imaging" step brings over both hidden files, and files currently in use. Disk cloning can save time when creating and formatting a partition and installing operating system software. However, it may also present issues of its own, such as unused sector copying.
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    Re: Back up Hard Drive
    « Reply #2 on: April 09, 2019, 05:21:50 AM »
    You want to create an image of the drive or clone it. The best programs for doing so are Acronis True Image (not free) and Macrium Reflect (free).

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    Re: Back up Hard Drive
    « Reply #3 on: April 09, 2019, 01:55:27 PM »
    Also, you can store stuff into the cloud if you wish (google drive, microsoft one drive, dropbox, etc) . That's also a way to backup and retrieve things (if you have working internet of course)