What is backing up your hard drive


I want to upgrade my HDD from a 20 Gb to a 60 Gb. I contacted Compaq what were the parameters of my system. They replied that a 60 Gb was the max I could upgrade to. They told me that I needed a series of CD-Roms from them that would help the process.

Okay, I'm ready to start. My main question is: I want to do a image backup of my old HDD and move my files over to the new HDD. I understand that I need to do a RESTORE to put my system back in the same manner as it was before on the old HDD. Do I copy all the system files also? I know that a restore will install the system files. I am at a stand still for the time being. I did download a file from ZDNET a program that will backup my old HDD, but I'm not sure that I need to back ALL the files.

Should I be sensible and let Data Doctor's accomplish the upgrade for me?

I appreciate your help.


Mike Hallock


This question was answered on September 12, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

My advice is yes backup your old harddrive in the event something goes wrong When you reinstall the quick restore you will lose your everything you have done to the point that you are in now.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 12, 2003