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Yes it is possible you can create image of your all partition in external drive with "Norton ghost" software.
Then you can easily restore image to harddisk again when you need.
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Another possibility is Acronis True Image (either 2009 or 2010). The first sells for about 30.00 currently on Amazon (as does Norton Ghost). It's quite fast and easy to use and will make a complete copy of your hard drive to an external drive (including usb).
Good luck.

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Choose a backup method. Choose either an external hard drive, data disks (CDs, for example) or use an online backup service.


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Data disks provide the same advantages and disadvantages as external hard drives: portability, but the possibility of theft or breakage.

You can also use an online backup service.


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The advantage of an online service is that you can access your files from anywhere there is Internet, and it is generally cheaper, especially for small amounts of service.


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Back up your files. Once you have chosen your method of backup, do not forget the most important step: back up your files.


For external media, go into "My Computer" and double-click the "C" drive to open it.

Select all the files if backing up your entire hard drive, or select your "Backup" folder if just backing up your important files.


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Choose a backup method. Choose either an external hard drive, data disks (CDs, for example) or use an online backup service.


There are advantages and disadvantages to all.

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Back up your files. Once you have chosen your method of backup, do not forget the most important step: back up your files.


For external media, go into "My Computer" and double-click the "C" drive to open it.

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