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    MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    I have done a search in XP's forum and came up with many threads on Backups but I had no luck finding help with my question. If the answer is in here I can't find it using my search criteria.

    My XPP has the Backup program installed but it only seems to recognize A: Drive as the destination for backups. I do have a CD burner installed how can I get XPP's Backup program to see and use that as its backup destination?

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    I don't have an immediate answer, but a zillion or two suggestions here at Labmice including a link to:

    MSKB309340 - HOW TO: Use Backup to Restore Files and Folders on Your Computer in Windows XP

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    See, I told ya MS's backup program sucks! Just kidding..... Ya better bite the bullit and invest in something like Drive Image or Ghost or whatever.....

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    kaplinb,

    Thanks. Great resolution they gave in that article. Typical MS BS.
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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    Leif,

    Thanks for the link. I will look it over carefully.
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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    Hi Al,

    Yes I remember you saying that. As a matter of fact I even reread that comment today while searching this forum before I posted the question. I guess I'm going to have to stay away from this XP forum. It ends up costing me money all the time. Just kidding, I am still enjoying the speed of Diskeeper 7.0 so now I guess I'm going to have to look into your recommendation of Drive Image or Ghost. I am assuming they allow a backup to a CD R or CD RW.

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    I use the cheapest method there is, it is <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> and comes with ALL Windows versions. All it costs is the cost of the media. I use what is called "Windows Explorer" and copy what files and folders that I want. The media is ALL readable by any MS OS and have not had a problem yet. I come from the world to do it your self so you know that has been done.
    As for the media, I use my HP CD burner for most, but also use another drive on the wife's machine. Likewise she uses a drive on my machine. We backup accross a p2p network. We also use ZIP drives, I have a 100 and the wife has a 250 on her machine.

    The only thing we back up is our data that we generate. The OS and apps all can be reinstalled as needed when we rebuild our machines. A rebuild is the best way to get rid of all that <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0>, that has been collected and retained by the different versions of software and or drivers.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    DaveA,

    Thanks, that is exactly what I am doing at present minus the zip drives, I don't have any of those. I have all my data backed up on CDs formatted with Direct CD. I just thought I'd go that next step but I do agree with you about rebuilding your machine from scratch, been there, done that.

    The thing I always fear is not being able to get at all the security updates, windows updates, etc. that are installed over the course of time because of Microsoft's possible decision to stop supporting versions of their software like Office 97, for instance. When one goes to the Windows Update Site there is no option to save the updates to your computer and install them from there. So if they stop their support of a product I guess we are just SOL.
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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    <hr>...The OS and apps all can be reinstalled as needed when we rebuild our machines...<hr>
    That's fine if you want to go through all those HOURS of work and remembering what utilities you HAD installed and what tweaks you had made, and on and on. On the other hand, there's nothing like having your ass saved by a FULL SYSTEM backup which only takes 15 - 30 minutes to restore if (when!) your hard drive crashes. Drive Image has been worth every cent I've spent on keeping it up to date!

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    If you do a drive image before you do any of the "Testin" and looking at those new toys. Also you must do another if you add any updates or new programs. It does NOT take that many HOURS to do a clean install IF you are ready to do it. I also find that a lot of those tools (toys) to one does NOT use, go away on a clean build.

    If you have a freash image that was made 10 minutes before the crash I will aggree with you.

    As for the "UpDate" I have found that a couple of trips to Windows Update will be all I need if I install the "Service Releases" first. This also works with the MS Office updates. I keep current copies of the drivers on my remote drive and CDs.


    I do use Drive Image, but I use it more for restting my test system, when running "Beta" software. This way I can restore to the same configuration for each new OS build. I tested Windows XP Pro on a laptop in this manner.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    If you go to MS download center at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search....?displaylang=en
    you can choose to either install now or save for later, most or all of the updates.

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    viking33,

    Thanks for the link. I'll add it to my links and files that I probably will need someday.
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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    I don't know what you're smokin' Dave, but these are not "toys" we're talking about here! If I made a screenshot of my Start Menu (which I won't bother you with) it's a LOT more than trivia to re-install from scratch. I agree that once (or twice) a year a person (maybe) ought to do it to get rid of garbage that you really don't use. But if a hard drive crashes, restoring a week-old image SAVES many hours of work and only lacks stuff that happened in the past week, like mail, bookmarks, data files and the like. You must live in a dream world, my friend. I did it for a living.

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    Re: MS's Backup (XPP SR-1)

    I tend to tinker with my main PC. So I have to restore the backup every 3 to 6 weeks when it won't boot <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15>

    Having a Ghost image saves me hours of valuable time <img src=/S/time.gif border=0 alt=time width=23 height=39>, especially as I keep a careful record of all my changes - and this gets backed up with my data every night.

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