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I have a failing maxtor 250gb HD that I'm planning to RMA. How do I back up stuff, do I use Norton Ghost?
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Good to see you thinking ahead and attempting to be prepared for the one the worst things that can happen to us: HDD failure and loss of data

Simplest IMHO: External HDD using the XP backup utility.
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thanks. how about if I don't have an external HDD, would using ghost work?
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I personally have an external i would reccomend just burning what you want to keep ( as someone who absolutely under no cicumstances trusts Symantec).
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post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by dexterousdeven
thanks. how about if I don't have an external HDD, would using ghost work?
Whatever method of software you use, the destination will have to be a different physical drive or medium (no offense if that is obvious ).

Are you on a budget? Is there someone that you could borow a HDD from? worst case, you could open the PC, attach a second HDD to the IDE or SATA cable as a "Slave" and transfer your data over.

Also, if you have another PC, you could get a "null-modem" cable and transfer data that way.

If you are going to get a new HDD anyway, then you could do a "File migration."

Or - Are you attempting to make an "exact" duplicate of your HDD's data?

Need clarification? Just post Q's

P.S. I would not pass my data through a third party.
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I thought it was called a Crossover cable?...
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TourTeX
I thought it was called a Crossover cable?...
Yes, I believe that they are one-and-the same. As long as it will safely transfer data to a secure location, then I'll even call it "Sally".
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post #8 of 12
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Ok so I was wondering what a file migration is? And when I RMA my HDD, will they send me my replacement HDD first and then I could transfer the date or will I have to send my HDD first and then they will send me a new one. The maxtor website wasn't very clear.
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post #9 of 12
you have to send yours off first

if you havnt got any spare hard drives, back it up on cd's or dvd's, if not then your screwed
    
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post #10 of 12
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nooo ok thanks for your help
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