Backing up my mini laptop question

Backing up my mini laptop question

PostBy: Joeski On: Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:42 am

I found an unopened & unused 1 TB external hard drive. Is it possible to back up every last stinking byte from my mini laptop on to the TB? Is the Microsoft programs protected in some way so as to not be copyable to the TB.

Once I would move everything over how do I go about making the mini laptop as close in operating condition to the day I opened it? I never made the recovery disks for this one. It's from Christmas 2008.

Thank you for any and all help.
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Re: Backing up my mini laptop question

PostBy: Richard S. On: Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:27 am

Which OS?

As far as restoring it you can download the full operating system from legitimate places, you only need your key which is usually on sticker somewhere. It can be found in the OS itself.
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Re: Backing up my mini laptop question

PostBy: Joeski On: Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:02 pm

Richard S. wrote:Which OS?

As far as restoring it you can download the full operating system from legitimate places, you only need your key which is usually on sticker somewhere. It can be found in the OS itself.

It's Window XP. Would that key be found in Control Panel in System?
Thanks mayor Richard S.
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Re: Backing up my mini laptop question

PostBy: beemerboy On: Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:55 pm

do you have a optical drive or a portable optical drive?

If so, you could download clonezilla (an open source free program) as a bootable disk and use it to create an image of the complete drive.. Then if you need to, you can boot up off the clonezilla disk and restore the image.
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Re: Backing up my mini laptop question

PostBy: lsayre On: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:01 pm

I have used Clonezilla several times. It is a free and stand alone application.
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Re: Backing up my mini laptop question

PostBy: Joeski On: Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:17 am

beemerboy wrote:do you have a optical drive or a portable optical drive?Do you mean a DVD burner?

If so, you could download clonezilla (an open source free program) as a bootable disk and use it to create an image of the complete drive..That word. "image" does that mean the same as a complete copy of my hard drive? Then if you need to, you can boot up off the clonezilla disk and restore the image.

Thank You.
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Re: Backing up my mini laptop question

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:07 am

Joeski wrote:It's Window XP. Would that key be found in Control Panel in System?
Thanks mayor Richard S.


It's usually on a sticker somewhere, for PC's it's usually attached to the back of the computer. I don't know where they put it on laptops. Probably internally. It's a long set of numbers and digits: "xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx"

If you can't find it there is an article here discussing how to retrieve it:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/productke ... expkey.htm

Until you find that you can't do anything.


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As far as imaging a disc that's good idea because you may have you to use other methods to reistall outside the normal procedures. If it fails you can always restore the drive to how it is now with the image. You can't just copy the files, you need to image it.
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Re: Backing up my mini laptop question

PostBy: beemerboy On: Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:30 pm

Joeski wrote:
beemerboy wrote:do you have a optical drive or a portable optical drive?Do you mean a DVD burner?

If so, you could download clonezilla (an open source free program) as a bootable disk and use it to create an image of the complete drive..That word. "image" does that mean the same as a complete copy of my hard drive? Then if you need to, you can boot up off the clonezilla disk and restore the image.

Thank You.

An optical drive could be a DVD burner OR a CD Burner. Of course if you use a DVD you'd use fewer disks.

An image would be basically a complete "picture" of all of the info on your drive. Byte for Byte. If there is ;) "incriminating evidence" ;) on the computer it will copy that too.

When you restore the computer, it will be exactly just as you had it before. If you were to buy a new drive and use that clone image you would have exactly what was on the old drive as it was when the image was created.
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