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Firstly I know nothing about computers so please bear with me. I have been searching Google but am now mega confused.

I have just bought a WD external harddrive 1TB to backup my Windows PC and store the drive off site incase of theft or fire.

This is what I think I want to achieve:

  1. Do a complete operating system backup, to be able to restore my PC if it fails. I will want to reback this up probably once a month and it can be written over or replaced.
  2. Store a load of old emails and photos that can then be deleted off my PC. They would be accessible on the external harddrive if needed, but never written over or deleted. New archived files could be added to this area when needed.
  3. Back up all existing data files (itunes/photos/documents/emails) on a monthly basis. This would be ideal if it just added anything new each time, ie, just syncronised the new data with the old and saved it.

Please help.

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How much disk space does your system have w/o the external drive? –  NVRAM Jun 4 '10 at 22:03
    
dont know but its full How can i tell ?? I know it has two hardrives and my wife backs up fm one to the other –  kurt Jun 4 '10 at 22:22
    
Windows Xp (c) 116 GB Backup Drive (G) 38.1 GB Files (F) 116 GB I Know I need a new computer lol –  kurt Jun 4 '10 at 22:27
    
The external drive does not need to be manually partitioned, the one large one works fine. –  Hello71 Jun 5 '10 at 2:35
    
And also, you don't need to comment on each and every answer, just comment on your original post. –  Hello71 Jun 5 '10 at 2:36

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Answers in order: 1) This is called making a system image, or imaging. This seems like a fairly good article on imaging.

2 and 3) Photos, documents, music, regular files of the sort can generally simply be copy-pasted onto the external hard drive. This eliminates any complicated compressing, decompressing, splitting, anything like that which I guess you don't really want.

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thks do i need to partition the drive ? and how does that work ?? + i thought that if i remove photos when i back the file up it will replace the file and loose the deleted ones that were in the old file ? –  kurt Jun 4 '10 at 22:12

I'd suggest you set up a way to clone your system, you might want to start here:

Use either the System Backup tool, or something better, to make recent/frequent copies of your more important files. See here for some answers:

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thks do i need to partition the drive ? and how does that work ?? + i thought that if i remove photos when i back the file up it will replace the file and loose the deleted ones that were in the old file ? –  kurt Jun 4 '10 at 22:30

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