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My computer is a Dell optiplex GX110 733Mhz with 2 hard disks(40 gig and 20 gig respectively ). I am running win2k on the first hard disk and my main use is surfing and playing some games. In fact, it runs so well that I am afraid it may one day crash. I am thinking of two options to back it up:

1. Put another copy of win2k on the second disk. Can I just set the BIOS to boot the 2nd disk first then install another copy of win2k on it? I have never done it before although I have run multiple systems on one computer in the past( with linux and freebsd ).

2. Make a clone/image of the C:/ drive and save it on the 2nd disk. I have played around with ghost and partimage but do not feel confident in using them. I would like to try some freeware first, like those in the following link:

http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/backupandimage.shtml

Can you recommend some ?

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The question is always how you will restore any backup. Having a copy of the drive is one way.

This freeware is from Runtime, a reputable company:

http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm

Haven't used it myself, but it appears to require a running 32-bit OS for restoration, like BartPE, a parallel installation of 2k or XP, or similar if your machine is unbootable from your installed OS's.

You might look at the Acronis products. Not free, but reliable. And recovery can be done from a bootable CD or floppies created by the program.
 

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From what I read from the XML driveImage site, it only supports XP. I have a look at the PING site http://ping.windowsdream.com/ seems a good alternative. This requires LAN which I can set it up ( The other computer is also a DELL optiplex but kept in a closet :) ).

I would prefer the first option if it can be done.
 

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If you have a large enough drive, you can of course just clone your drive to another so you have an exact copy. This is an inordinate use of space since it is not an image and therefore not compressed in any way. But if you have the backup drive, just clone your drive. A simple but effective cloner is the free PCI CloneMaxx or XXClone.
 
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