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Backing up files and mirroring software
Dec 19th, 2011 at 7:22am
Although for some time I've been backing up both my system and my data files using Ghost, following the failure of my PC's processor I am planning the partitioning of a replacement's HDDs.

I've been told that you can't backup software, you mirror it, you only backup data files.

Can someone explain the difference and when I use Ghost does it automatically mirror the s/w and copy the data files?

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Re: Backing up files and mirroring software
Reply #1 - Dec 19th, 2011 at 11:24am
depends what you mean by the term "back-up".

you *can* "back-up" your copy of Winzip or WinRAR (software) that you purchase, but you would still have to re-install it, after installing your new hard drive (.. assuming a clean installation of Windows with no Ghost backup).

tho this is unnecessary, cuz you could just download a new, updated copy from the manufacturer's web site.

so i think this is what you are referring to when you mention not being able to "backup software".

in its most generic sense, a backup is simply duplicating files .. in case something happens to the originals.

"mirroring" is a specific term that is sometimes used generally, and I'm not sure of the context in which you're using it.

'mirroring' as I understand it, is usually a feature RAID hardware, where you reproduce instantly the contents of one drive on another.


[ notice that RAID is Rad with an 'i' added. =) ]

ghost simply takes all the contents of the drive you select, bundles them all into a single compressed file, and writes that file to where you instruct it to.

this might provide some insight or clarification:


or maybe this page:


most importantly you need to understand this:

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