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I am going to buy ghost if my machine has the ability to work with it.
I have win xp home, 40 gig h-drive and have a floppy drive, a cd-r and cd-rw burner but cannot burn dvd's.
Will I be able to use ghost with these features?
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That's more than enough juice to run Ghost. More than enough.

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Thanx for the help.
 
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It's going to take allot of blank CDR's to back up an entire system using Ghost, you'd be better off backing up to DVD or a second hard drive.
 
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I vote for a second HDD. Couple of bucks...

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Ghost is best used after a fresh install, when you've got just your basic programs and updates installed. I can Ghost a fresh install of XP with updates and essential programs with about 4 or 5 CDRs.

Everyone should have a 2nd hard drive - however, you shouldn't use that drive as your main backup unless it's a removable or portable drive specifically used for the purpose of backing up data. You should always have a primary backup that is offline. I prefer to use CDRs because they are less susceptible to damage than a hard drive (when handled and stored properly).
 
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A +- DVD burner is only about $50 from Newegg.com, cheaper than large hard drive, but I prefere backing up to a hard drive as well. My laptop gets backed up once a month to a second drive, the desktop I don't really bother to do as it's main roll is gaming and multimedia.
 
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Hello
Thank you for all the advice.
I was talking in another forum and was advised to get Drive Image b/c I'm not too techy. Also, they agreed not to use the second hard drive a sole back up b/c if something goes wrong during backup you could lose all.
I'm wondering if this would work; back up data to cds weekly at any rate then backup to an imaging program data and software programs each night. In other words, if all failed I could reinstall the o.s then use the backups for the rest.
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