What is the process to backup your hard drive and clean your existing hard?



Red
07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
What is the process to backup your hard drive and clean your existing hard
drive?



I spent some money to have my hard drive eradicated of SPAM and Spy-ware.
And it works beautifully again. I asked the technicians what their process
was and they replied they have hardware and software in the $1000+ to
perform this process.



I do not believe that it cost that much for both software and hardware to
clean a PC hard drive.



It is my understanding I am to

a) Copy my PC hard drive onto another PC hard drive.

b) Reformat my existing PC hard drive

c) Reload Operating system (Windows XP PRO)

d) Copy back from the 2nd PC hard drive onto the original hard drive
Data files only

e) Reload Windows Office and any other software that was originally on
the PC



My QUESTION to whom ever is what is the process to:

1) Backup my PC Hard drive and

2) Hardware and Software need

3) What kind of cost should I expect to pay for these items.

4) Can this be done by connecting an external or internal hard drive to
my existing PC or must I buy another PC to perform this task.



Thanks for your response.

AMO
07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
"Red" <rspahr1@houston.rr.com> wrote in message
news:jDGje.113428$h6.98189@tornado.texas.rr.com...
> What is the process to backup your hard drive and clean your existing hard
> drive?

1) Copy all essential files to USB hard drive or some other media.
2) Wipe out all partitions and repartition (if neccessary).
3) Install Windows XP.
4) Install all software (drivers, applications, anti-virus & firewall).
5) Copy over saved essential files.

> I spent some money to have my hard drive eradicated of SPAM and Spy-ware.
> And it works beautifully again. I asked the technicians what their
> process
> was and they replied they have hardware and software in the $1000+ to
> perform this process.

They probably do. This is not the same as what it would cost you to do.
Also, whether its worth $1000+ is debateable. If you bought a PC from them,
they probably have a ghost image to save the time to reinstall Windows and
Drivers.

For you, you need to do the above 1)-5), or try a simply clean first by
downloading Spybot.

> I do not believe that it cost that much for both software and hardware to
> clean a PC hard drive.

It doesn't actually cost in terms of licencing anything if you do steps
1)-5) as it assumes that you already have the software. Where it does cost
is:
a) Vendors pay a lot to create and distribute and use
ghosting/backup/recovery software.
b) Labour time.

> It is my understanding I am to
> a) Copy my PC hard drive onto another PC hard drive.
> b) Reformat my existing PC hard drive
> c) Reload Operating system (Windows XP PRO)
> d) Copy back from the 2nd PC hard drive onto the original hard drive
> Data files only
> e) Reload Windows Office and any other software that was originally
> on
> the PC

Yes.

> My QUESTION to whom ever is what is the process to:
> 1) Backup my PC Hard drive and
Either burn all your documents and other essential files onto CD or DVD or
USB Pen or USB hard drive. If you use Outlook you also need to export the
contents and save this. If you need to save your Internet Explorer
Favourites, you need to copy this folder as well. If your PC connects to
various networks, you need to save these settings as well.

> 2) Hardware and Software need
Windows XP, the software drivers to all the components (graphics card, sound
card etc) on your computer and any other application software you use on
your computer.

> 3) What kind of cost should I expect to pay for these items.
You should already have them.

> 4) Can this be done by connecting an external or internal hard drive
> to
> my existing PC or must I buy another PC to perform this task.
Reinstalling your PC just takes the software and the time and expertise.
Backing up your work requires you to be able to copy this off your hard
drive as it is going to be wiped. Somethings take a litle knowledge such as
exporting the contents of your Outlook contact list etc.

From the sounds of things whilst you understand what to do in concept,
you've never done it before. You just need to get a friend that knows how
to show you.

AMO


> Thanks for your response.

Pegasus \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
See below.

"Red" <rspahr1@houston.rr.com> wrote in message
news:jDGje.113428$h6.98189@tornado.texas.rr.com...
> What is the process to backup your hard drive and clean your existing hard
> drive?

Use a partition imaging program.

> I spent some money to have my hard drive eradicated of SPAM and Spy-ware.
> And it works beautifully again. I asked the technicians what their
process
> was and they replied they have hardware and software in the $1000+ to
> perform this process.

Rubbish. Have a look at Acronis TrueImage and be pleasantly surprised.

> I do not believe that it cost that much for both software and hardware to
> clean a PC hard drive.
>
> It is my understanding I am to
>
> a) Copy my PC hard drive onto another PC hard drive.
>
> b) Reformat my existing PC hard drive
>
> c) Reload Operating system (Windows XP PRO)
>
> d) Copy back from the 2nd PC hard drive onto the original hard drive
> Data files only
>
> e) Reload Windows Office and any other software that was originally
on
> the PC
>
>
>
> My QUESTION to whom ever is what is the process to:
>
> 1) Backup my PC Hard drive and
>
> 2) Hardware and Software need
>
> 3) What kind of cost should I expect to pay for these items.
>
> 4) Can this be done by connecting an external or internal hard drive
to
> my existing PC or must I buy another PC to perform this task.
>
>
>
> Thanks for your response.

Your process is somewhat inefficient. Here is a solution based on
a disk imaging program.

1. Split your disk so that OS and all apps are on drive C:, and
your data files on drive D:.

2. Back up drive D: to an independent medium once every week.

3. Create an image of drive C: once every six months, and before
a major change. Store the image on an independent medium.

If you lose any data, restore it from your independent backup medium.

If your system goes bad, boot the machine with your Acronis
Recovery CD, then restore drive C:. This will take about half
an hour. There is no need to reload the OS or any of your apps.

Locke
07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
"Red" <rspahr1@houston.rr.com> wrote in message
news:jDGje.113428$h6.98189@tornado.texas.rr.com...
> What is the process to backup your hard drive and clean your existing hard
> drive?
>
>
>
> I spent some money to have my hard drive eradicated of SPAM and Spy-ware.
> And it works beautifully again. I asked the technicians what their
> process
> was and they replied they have hardware and software in the $1000+ to
> perform this process.
>
>
>
> I do not believe that it cost that much for both software and hardware to
> clean a PC hard drive.
>
>
>
> It is my understanding I am to
>
> a) Copy my PC hard drive onto another PC hard drive.
>
> b) Reformat my existing PC hard drive
>
> c) Reload Operating system (Windows XP PRO)
>
> d) Copy back from the 2nd PC hard drive onto the original hard drive
> Data files only
>
> e) Reload Windows Office and any other software that was originally
> on
> the PC
>
>
>
> My QUESTION to whom ever is what is the process to:
>
> 1) Backup my PC Hard drive and
>
> 2) Hardware and Software need
>
> 3) What kind of cost should I expect to pay for these items.
>
> 4) Can this be done by connecting an external or internal hard drive
> to
> my existing PC or must I buy another PC to perform this task.
>
>
>
> Thanks for your response.
>

One suggestion is to make sure you dont connect directly to the internet b4
you have your protection in place - ie router, virus scanner, possibly a
software firewall - maybe some spy ware blocker stuff if you d/l it b4 you
formatted. There are still things on the net that will infect you computer
the second it is connected if there is no scanners and blockers in place.

Locke

Anna
07-10-2005, 12:38 AM
"Red" <rspahr1@houston.rr.com> wrote in message
news:jDGje.113428$h6.98189@tornado.texas.rr.com...
> What is the process to backup your hard drive and clean your existing hard
> drive?
> I spent some money to have my hard drive eradicated of SPAM and Spy-ware.
> And it works beautifully again. I asked the technicians what their
> process
> was and they replied they have hardware and software in the $1000+ to
> perform this process.
> I do not believe that it cost that much for both software and hardware to
> clean a PC hard drive.
> It is my understanding I am to

> a) Copy my PC hard drive onto another PC hard drive.
> b) Reformat my existing PC hard drive
> c) Reload Operating system (Windows XP PRO)
> d) Copy back from the 2nd PC hard drive onto the original hard drive
> Data files only
> e) Reload Windows Office and any other software that was originally
> on
> the PC

> My QUESTION to whom ever is what is the process to:
> 1) Backup my PC Hard drive and
> 2) Hardware and Software need
> 3) What kind of cost should I expect to pay for these items.
> 4) Can this be done by connecting an external or internal hard drive
> to
> my existing PC or must I buy another PC to perform this task.
> Thanks for your response.

Red:
As alluded to in the response you rec'd from Pegasus, consider a disk
imaging program such as Acronis True Image or Symantec's Norton Ghost to
"clone" the contents of your HD to another HD. For most users, this is an
ideal backup system since the cloning process creates, in effect, a
bit-for-bit copy of your working HD onto another drive.

Using a disk imaging program, the HD you use as your "destination" disk can
be another internal HD or a USB/Firewire external HD. The cloning process is
simple to undertake, reasonably quick, and quite effective. So when the day
comes when your day-to-day working drive fails for one reason or another,
it's comforting to know that you have at hand a perfectly fine clone of that
drive that will have you back in business in a short time.

If this type of backup system holds any interest to you, so indicate and I
can "flesh out" the process if you would like.
Anna


What is the process to backup your hard drive and clean your existing hard?