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how do i do this? my hdd is 1tb but have about 500gb free it says im using 400g give or take

i found blaze something online storage for 5$ a month but if theirs a free way i would lke to know

pretty much just want to make a CLONE of my drive and have it asved online
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how do i do this? my hdd is 1tb but have about 500gb free it says im using 400g give or take

i found blaze something online storage for 5$ a month but if theirs a free way i would lke to know

pretty much just want to make a CLONE of my drive and have it asved online

Saved online? You must be joking me. Do you have any clue what you're asking for? When i made an image of Win7 (brand new installation) I recall the image file was approximately 5 GB in size (with Acronis True Image). Overtime, with new programs added, and Windows updates applied - the size has grown considerably - by threefold. You are talking about UPLOADING a 10-15 GB image file on to some website or storage service. Do you having any idea how long that would take? Assuming that your internet connection at home uses asymmetric speed, the time to upload such a large image file would be measured by days - not hours. And then there is the question of downloading the image file should the occasion arise where you need to restore the image onto your PC. I don't care about your download speed but the chances of file corruption is too high for a 10-15 GB file. Download a 10-15 GB when you need it and trust it will restore properly? Absolutely no way - it may work once or twice... maybe even 3 times. but test it 10 out of 10 times. I can guarantee it will fail atleast once. You want ot take that chance? Go right ahead - it's not my machine.

I don't even understand the premise behind such a request to begin with. When I want to restore an image of Windows - I want it NOW. With hard drives being so cheap these days - I don't understand why you don't just get an external hard drive (or slave another internal HDD to your computer) and store the image file onto that instead.
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i dont have the option to buy another physical drive at the moment.

i do however have a laptop that never gets used with about 300gb give or take free space.

wanting to save it online (didnt think about the upload speed) but how do i save it to my laptops hdd?
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i don't have the option to buy another physical drive at the moment.

i do however have a laptop that never gets used with about 300gb give or take free space.

wanting to save it online (didn't think about the upload speed) but how do i save it to my laptops hdd?

Well the easiest free way would be to image with something like Clonezilla. I think you would still need a intermediary drive to save the image to and then copy it to the laptop. Of course you won't have any drive space left on the laptop, making it basically unusable.

You could probably free up some space with not backing up your page file, make sure there's no hibernation-related file, deleting temp files (both system temp in %temp% and if you have java installed clearing that separately). There's actually a free image making tool from Microsoft called ImageX that will create a .WIM file for you. It's file-based instead of byte-by-byte which has advantages/disadvantages, an advantage being it will skip the unnecessary stuff like the page file for you.

In any case I don't think there's really a way to save 500 gigs "in the cloud" for free. You are going to need to pay something for that amount. Personally I use Carbonite for my windows 7 box. When I renewed one of the new features it was pushing was "image your OS for fast restoration". It was more expensive than I wanted though so i didn't really look into it.

Personally I think the best option would be a peer-to-peer backup of either an image or just the vital files with some else's machine (friend/relative/etc) in another city. I believe crashplan allows for something like that and "torrent sync" as well. I haven't looked at crashplan for a while though, not sure if it's still the same as it was.
 
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