12-27-2010 01:46 PM
I'm a humanities guy, not a tech guy. So don't laugh. I can't even handle some of the really basic stuff here. I just want to back up my computer to an external hard drive.
My computer is an HP Pavillion a6500f, with a Pentium E2220 processor, a 500 GB hard drive, and 4096 MB of system memory. I bought a Seagate Expansion Portable Drive (ST905004EXA101-RK) for backing up my existing hard drive. It's a 500 GB drive, so I thought I would be okay.
Well, I'm stuck.
I thought I could do a full image backup--the instructions seem to be geared for that--but now I'm not so sure. I wound up with a window that says I'm backing up "Disc 1"--I guess that's my original hard drive--to file D--I guess that's my external drive--with normal compression. Then it says the following:
Operation 1 of 2
Saving partition structure
Hard disc: 1
Operation 2 of 2
Creating partition image
Hard disc: 1
Drive letter: C
File system: NTFS
Volume label: [this field is blank]
Size: 931.5 GB
It looks like the external drive will not have nearly enough room to back everything up, or am I just dumber than I thought?
The guys I bought this from were talking about doing a drag-and-drop backup, so I decided to start over and try to do that, but I don't even know which task to choose. I have my choice of "Clone Disc," "Add New Disc," "Image Backup," and "Image Restore." Clearly, I don't want the last two, but I don't know the difference between "Clone Disc" and "Add New Disc." The first one has an extensive description and looks like the right operation.