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post #1 of 9
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I make a living with my laptop and need to make a backup of everything and reinstall windows before I lose my chance to backup. What is the easiest way to do this? I have room on a desktop hard drive, but copying literally every file would take forever over my network or patch cable, right?

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Well either use the network and just let it go overnight or you can buy a cheap external. Time or money, whichever you prefer.
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How much data are we talking about backing up if its just documents you could probablly mod an iso and make a disk image of your drive
post #4 of 9
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We are talking 300gb or so. All assorted files. I want to literally make a copy and reinstall so that I can pick and choose what I put back on as I need it and eventually just pick through it all when I am bored and keep the files I want until it is nothing left. lol
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Ok well like said before your best bet would be an external hd or ur desktop the external night go a bit faster just let it run overnight. If you got an external you could make an image file of ur os as well n keep it on there for ur clean install and then go through the other stuff whenever
post #6 of 9
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How can I make a compressed copy of the entire OS so I can copy it over to my desktop over a patch cable? Just use winrar? :/
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post #7 of 9
Why do you want to back up your OS and not just your data?
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post #8 of 9
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Well, there is alot of stuff all over the place. Plus I just have alot in general. Would just be easier to get it all than to pick and choose really. I dont want to miss anything important as I make my living from my laptop. :/
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post #9 of 9
If you make a living off your laptop and have a lot of important data you should really invest in an external back-up drive so you can frequently back-up data and quickly retrieve it should your laptop hard-drive fail.

Otherwise you will have to either use your network to transfer the data to your desktop hard-drive or what I use to do was take the laptop hard-drive out and connect it to my desktop directly via sata cable.
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