How many times have we been told to make a backup of our hard drive partitions and wanted to do with a competent program. Well it is possible with a very capable program utility called DriveImage XML.
The next "Biggie" is HOW?
(This section is for fellow XP users) Firstly lets start with a tip, or housekeeping cleanup regime! Get hold of a program called CCleaner (From here http://www.ccleaner.com/ don't worry its freeware), install it, set your preferences in "Cleaner Settings" to what you would like to clean on your Hard Drive, then run it (depress run Cleaner button) to remove all the junk from your hard drive(s). You could also uses the "Issues" option to lightly clean the registry also. Then use, the "defragmenter" on your hard drive, the onboard Windows defragmenter will suffice. Then go to Start > My Computer > Right click on your "C:\" drive partition, Scroll down to properties select > tools then "Error Checking" (incidently this is also where you will find Windows onboard defragmenter) > select "Check now" Tick the boxes that will present themselves as follows:
- Automatically fix file system errors
- Scan for & attempt recovery of bad sectors
At Checking Disk Local Disk (C:)
What will happen is you will then conduct a reboot and your system will be then checked for errors on your ( C:) partition. Next, if it was me, I would also set a "system restore point" to go back to in case anything undesirable should occur! "Voila you have completed an important cleanup, checking routine!
Now if like me, you find that every time thereafter your system wants to run "check disk" the best way of stopping it is:
Disable Error Checking at Startup
Always back up the registry before undertaking any alterations to it.
Start/Run/Regedit. In the right pane, delete this entry: BootExecute autocheck autochk*
It's all well & good me coming along & recommending these "nifty gizmo's" but they either "cost an arm & a leg" or they are overally complicated in there application!
Well, I hope to address two of those issues in this publication or post, for one DriveImage XML is freeware & secondly you are about to be made aware of two guidance resources that will hopefully enable you to acquire the necessary knowledge & skills to undertake a "Partition backup" faily easily. Grab a cup of your favourite beverage & sit back & view a 8 Minute 29 second video presentation!
1) Click on the link below, when you are sittting comfortably:
2) If you like the video presentation above, but you would like a hard copy, say in Pdf format, at the bottom of this page you will find a zipped file, with DriveImage XML pdf contained therein. Just download, unpack the seven page pdf document, you can then fire it off to your printer for a handy hard copy, "voila", job done!.
Also I would also like to draw your attention to WinBuilder & that it can be used with a script to backup your hard drive partitions. It can be found at the link below (called - DriveImageXML.script 05-Feb-2008 21:30 1.7M ):
If you are looking for a tutorial that explains WinBuilders usage in more detail, see this link below http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=4264
N.B. Now just a word of caution as far as I can gather this script has problems with VistaPE reading on various posts within Boot-Land, so unless you can find evidence to the contrary or if this problem has since been resolved "DONOT" use it with VistaPE or Vista for that matter! See here http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=3565
Now come on! NO excuses, "do yourself a favour & backup your hard drive partitions, you know it makes sense".
Regards & Best Wishes,