Here’s the situation. What I want is to have a backup copy of my whole computer on an external hard drive and also have a seperate system bootable external or internal drive (if I could have that all on 1 drive I would rather that). The external hard drive will be stored elsewhere and just brought out whenever I feel like connecting it so it can auto back up again. I don’t want to copy and paste every time as I have folders everywhere and just want it to store any new files, to update modified or moved files, but not to delete any files I have deleted from my computer (is this possible?).
So I went and bought a 1TB WD My Book Essential to backup my system because it says it will auto-backup which saves me getting a separate program to try and manage this. The problem is it only does the files it wants and won’t do any system files. This means I have to know EXACTLY what it hasn’t backed up in order to make sure I don’t miss out anything when I make the bootable drive which would be a nightmare.
I am also on XP at the moment and changing to Windows 7 very soon and don’t want to lose all of my stuff if it isn’t going to work between both operating systems as a simple cut/paste back into the new system.
I don’t know if what I am expecting is way off from what should happen and would just like to know what my options are. Is there any way to get this to do what I want or should I just go swap it over for a simple external drive and third party software?
Any help would be awesome.