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Need computer tech brain trust assistance

I walked into my office this morning to hear grinding*. It was coming from my old computer. This is a machine at least 6 years old, so I don't plan to do anything to continue life support. What I do want to do is to get the data off of it. What method do people recommend for backups these days? Both the old computer and my current one are Windows XP.



* And not a good grinding noise, either. As the old saying goes, "Nine megs for the secretaries fair, Seven megs for the hackers scarce, Five megs for the grads in smokey lairs, Three megs for system source. One disk to rule them all, One disk to bind them, One disk to hold the files, And in the darkness grind them."

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caryabend
Mar. 20th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
Don't forget the beeps when backing up.

Seriously though, most of the portable USB/FireWire harddrives on the market today have a rudimentary backup program bundled with them. They're good enough for backing up data stored in the usual and obvious places, and can generally be configured to back up whole drives if necessary.

Majorgeeks.com provides a number of software solutions you can download. This can be especially useful if you can map a drive from one machine to another.
allah_sulu
Mar. 20th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
My new work computer has a built-in backup HD. Everything you do to the C: drive is automatically mirrored to the D: drive.
caryabend
Mar. 20th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yay for good old fashioned hot-mirroring!