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Whats the best way to backup a 95 or 98 Machine

post #1 of 8
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Simple Question:

What is te best way to backup everythiing on a machine that is running Windows 95 or 98.

Can you simply copy everything off the hard drive and if the computer has to be reinstalled, can you just copy everything back on to the hard drive and it will be back to normal?
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Create a new folder (ex: c:\\olddata) and open a command prompt -- type xcopy c:\\ /c/h/e/r/k/y -- that will copy everything but unreadable files without stopping. To restore to that install you would need to recopy to c:\\ and possibly use the repair option during install. If it's and old windows OS (read: doesn't have repair option) just running an install over that would do the trick.
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so you wouldnt recommend plugging in an external hard drive and just press ctrl+c and copy it to a directory on the external hard drive?
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No, I wouldn't... and I didn't.
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The best way to back everything up, is to image the drive to another drive, that way you'll have an idential copy of your original drive. That's how I understood your question, it's been a long day, if I'm totally of base here.
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The best way to back everything up, is to image the drive to another drive, that way you'll have an idential copy of your original drive.
My thoughts exactly--I use partition Commander, But Norton Ghost or something like that would do the job--I simply made a partition and copied "C" to it. When I needed to reinstall I simply went into Partition Commander deleted "C" then copied it back on from the partition I made previously. As long as you do not change any of the hardware it works fine.
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Do they still make DOS based imaging programs?
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post #8 of 8
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ok new question


I have a portable 60Gb Hard Drive that I could back up to

Can i install Norton Ghost on the portable hard drive and then run it off the hard drive on the machine i wish to back up and save the image to the portable hard drive
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