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Best Way to Backup my HDD?

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today I realized that I have had my computer for almost 2 years and have never backed up my hard drive. I also just started hearing a clicking noise in my computer so I'm wondering what the best backup utility is for me to use asap

I have heard of quite a lot like Clonezilla, Paragon, Norton Ghost etc.

I'm wonder what the best one to use is and can also mirror my whole disk and also allow me to explore it on an external instead of just making it into an image or compressed archive
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You can, of course, just create an image of it. I don't doubt some programs can mount said image to allow you to explore it.

Do you have a lot of stuff on it that would make manually backing everything up a huge hassle?

Also, what brand is your hard drive? I know WD and Seagate (I believe) offer free versions of decent imaging software.
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Check my sig!

You basically make a mirror of all the folders you want.

And if you think that is too complicated...

This: http://www.todo-backup.com/products/...p-software.htm
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Personally I just use a bare drive and dock. Archive everything, move onto hard drive, and keep in cool dry place until I need it. Then again I've got my files separate from programs and OS. If you're talking like a bootable backup or whatnot, yeah, they've got the better solution.
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Check my sig!

You basically make a mirror of all the folders you want.
hmm ok, basically my line would be

Robocopy "C:\\" "F:\\Back Up\\Local Disk" /E /V /PURGE /R:5 /W:15


the only problem is that won't some files be in use when my OS is on. won't I need something like a bare metal backup from a boot disk to do a complete backup?
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hmm ok, basically my line would be

Robocopy "C:\\" "F:\\Back Up\\Local Disk" /E /V /PURGE /R:5 /W:15


the only problem is that won't some files be in use when my OS is on. won't I need something like a bare metal backup from a boot disk to do a complete backup?
Ok, well this method is more for backing up say your own data files like music, documents, video, etc. You would have to be a little more specific with the source and destination. Then say if your drive crashed your personal data would be backed up. But you would need to reinstall the OS and all your games and apps.

Since you want to basically create system image to restore your hd to the current state use easeus todo backup.
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