Back up software questions

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Lazarey, Jan 28, 2007.

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  1. Lazarey

    Lazarey Registered Member

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    I just recevied a PC from Velocity Micro and I've heard that you should do a backup before you install anything so that you can restore it to the way it came from the factory if something goes wrong (that's the way I understand it at least).
    I'm kind of new to computers and I would like to know the best software to get. Blackspear recommends Acronis True Image, is that the best one?
    I only have one hard drive in the computer and I don't have a external hard drive either. Can I use DVD+R to do the backup?
    Also, can I use the free trial download of Acronis to do the first backup so I can go ahead and start installing things? I'd rather wait to get the full version until I have a little more money.

    Thanks for reading!
     
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    From what I read VM sells a relatively clean machine e.g. no crapware. Just to lessen the load, uninstall any apps you have no use for and do a quick registry cleaning. You can use Eusing Registry Cleaner:

    http://www.eusing.com/free_registry_cleaner/registry_cleaner.htm

    You "can" use the trial version of ATI to do a BU to DVD / CD. I would read / do a search in the ATI forum carefully prior to doing a DVD BU directly from PC. In the past there have been some issues w/ this procedure.

    hth,

    ...screamer
     
  3. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    Hi Lazarey

    What machine did you get from VelocityMicro. They usually provide Recovery CD's and windows CD's. Check and see what disks they gave you.

    Pete
     
  4. Lazarey

    Lazarey Registered Member

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    I bought the Vector GX Holiday Edition and I did pay the extra money for a backup disk from Velocity Micro. I just thought that maybe I should do a backup with a well known program. Or will the VM disk be fine?
     
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    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    Thats fine to get the machine back to it's factory state, but won't protect added software, and data.
     
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    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    Trust me Screamer. That machine is clean. I've bought five of them and there is never anything on them you didn't want when you bought it. That's one of the many reason's I love dealing with those folks.

    Pete
     
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    screamer Registered Member

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    That's nice to know Pete. I think I'll keep that in my "things to remember" box :)

    ...screamer
     
  8. Lazarey

    Lazarey Registered Member

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    Great! That's all I wanted to do for right now anyway!

    Thanks so much for everyones help!
     
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