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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 <br />
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Simplest IMHO: External HDD using the XP backup utility.
 

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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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<div style="font-style:italic">thanks. how about if I don't have an external HDD, would using ghost work?</div>

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</div>Whatever method of software you use, the destination will have to be a different physical drive or medium (no offense if that is obvious <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" /> ).<br />
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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.<br />
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Also, if you have another PC, you could get a "null-modem" cable and transfer data that way.<br />
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If you are going to get a new HDD anyway, then you could do a "File migration."<br />
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Or - Are you attempting to make an "exact" duplicate of your HDD's data?<br />
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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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<div style="font-style:italic">I thought it was called a Crossover cable?...</div>

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</div>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". <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />
 

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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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you have to send yours off first <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
if you havnt got any spare hard drives, back it up on cd's or dvd's, if not then your screwed <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">nooo ok thanks for your help</div>
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Damn! sounds as though you may be SOL on this.<br><br>
Is there no way you can piece together something that will be able to access and transfer the data?<br><br>
I'm paranoid, and sending my HDD off into the unkown is like...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/eek.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> (online banking, investing, etc...)
 
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