|Originally posted by raymondlin
I know mirror the HD over night and store it away sounds like the best way. But if the Computer does get stolen, you'll need to buy a new one anyway. Won't you need another PC that's is EXACTLY the same as the one that got stolen?
I mean all the drivers in the new PC might be different, there might be a newer Graphics card, faster CPU. Won't this cause some major conflict?
Answer to you is No. it does not matter. You can always boot to SAFE MODE and change drivers. Run add new hardware. and be up n running with 1 reboot. Faster CPU speed has absolutely no effect on Hard drive contents. ( same as it makes no difference if system ram is 64 megs or 256 megs) NO need to reinstall windows or any drivers. ( if the HD he is cloning has a full windows install with the original files, he does not even need windows OS cd to install new drivers)
The absolutely CHEAPEST WAY and easiest way *IMO* is the new HD with internal route. All you need is one HD (whatever size u want) and one Drive cloning/imaging program. Then run the cloning while u are getting the ZZzZZzzzzzZZzz
Store it away safely. Once you move to a more *secure* place , you can install the drive back and use it as an extra HD !
I do not know eeyssjr's knowledge of computer hardware, nor the act of removing computer case scares him
As a matter of fact, installing a new HD is really simple, connect power and data cable then fdisk it, done ! Since he wants to clone the HD, he does not even have to mount it with screws, just place it on a firm place(above cdr drive, or bottom of case) and start the cloning. wake up next day and disconnect it and store aside.
Entire process of case removing, conencting HD to cpu ( excluding cloning time) takes less than 5 mins if you are slow ( I can do it under 2 mins
This is really the cheapest and best way to go at it ( IMO)
NO additional cost( just HD and hd cloning software)
I think programs like norton ghost and drive copy all are free to download( trial ver) so just cost of HD, which is dirt cheap these days..