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Windows 7: Can I use a external HD for a back-up and still add to it?

26 Sep 2013   #1
ScottR02919

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Can I use a external HD for a back-up and still add to it?

I am looking to back up/system image a computer onto my external 1TB HD but I want to be able to add more files to it keeping the system image and backed up files in tact. Can I create a different directory and use that for additional files or will it not recognize the drive if I needed to re-image the hard drive?


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26 Sep 2013   #2
Bongo

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You should be able to with no problem.

Have a look at this tutorial it is an excellent program for backing up making a image. Imaging with free Macrium

Jerry
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26 Sep 2013   #3
ScottR02919

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Also, can I format this external device into 2 partitions? If so, how?
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26 Sep 2013   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ScottR02919 View Post
Also, can I format this external device into 2 partitions? If so, how?
You can but why do you want to?
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26 Sep 2013   #5
Bongo

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