Creat a bootable recovery partition

January 13, 2008 at 13:30:34
Specs: XP Pro sp2, P-D 2.8 1.5gig
Does anybody know of any programs that can create a bootable recovery partition like the ones on some laptops?

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January 13, 2008 at 13:43:54
Acronis secure zone

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January 13, 2008 at 13:44:47

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January 13, 2008 at 14:42:43
Creating a new partition and imaging a copy of the system to it is an excellent idea. However it does have the drawback of not helping if the hard drive dies. An even better idea is to put the image on a separate drive or DVDs.

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January 13, 2008 at 15:06:49
Pardon my ignorance. What good is a bootable partition on the same drive when you can't access the primary partition on the same drive?

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January 13, 2008 at 16:05:12 reestablish the primary "system" partition via an image recovery routine using the bootable recovery partition.

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January 13, 2008 at 16:11:32
I understand that but how would you access the system on the second partition without a third party application? I suppose you could use a ubcd or ubunto to access it and copy it. And in the case of a dead drive you would still be sol.

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January 13, 2008 at 17:13:02
Per has a point, another good reason to use a separate hard drive or DVDs for the image.

Restoring from a full drive image will restore the MBR, but a restore from a partition image will not.

Actually I misread Per's post. Distracted by the football replays. :-)

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January 13, 2008 at 17:24:17
Access & copy what & why exactly - huh?

You start the recovery process by booting from a recovery disc associated with the tool that was used to create the partition. This is not very different from the recovery method synonymous with many OEMs, except, they tend to hide the recovery partition for PEBKAC reasons - which is understandable.

Arguably, the most reliable way to secure sensitive data, is to deploy copies of such data at multiple off-site locations simultaneously. Moreover, such a plan is not infallible in & of itself; only that the probability of a data meltdown is extremely minimal. Anything less than that has an element of risk associated with it.

A secondary backup drive isn't immune to mechanical defects or total failure; optical media degenerate over time; thumb drives go bad without warning; even a whole damn house full of computers can go up in flames.

Since there is no perfect plan, even a less than robust backup plan is much preferred to none -- I'd rather have someone create a secondary partition for assorted important data, than accept the argument that the whole disk is indestructible & therefore not worth implementing a contingency plan around.

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January 13, 2008 at 17:31:59
An image stored on a second partition is a very good plan.
An image stored on a second drive and/or DVDs is a better plan.
An image stored on a second drive and/or DVDs with duplicates saved off site is better yet.

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January 13, 2008 at 22:48:27
... I use(d) ghost image on a bootable recovery partition.

... I just sys'd the partition with 98 boot disk.

... and used a dos boot manager easy.

... the ghost via bat file works @least four times faster

... I do'nt use it now coz I use this:

wat do I know?
... got brain freeze

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January 14, 2008 at 01:47:52
Seems to me the OP wants to BOOT from a recovery partition and not create a bootable image on a partition.

I may be wrong...

Once I thought I was wrong, now I'm not so sure!

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January 14, 2008 at 06:13:23
I have a friend who has 3 laptops and is always having problems with them bcuz he lets his 15 & 8 year old sons play with them. They only use it for internet access so he doesn't keep any sensitive info on them. They don't take care of them and so far I’ve had to replace 2 hard drives keyboard keys, dvd drive, reset the monitor plug. I've had to rebuild OS on all of them and start loading drivers. Loading drivers on a laptop is a pain in the arse. Manufactures will have different versions with different hardware of the same model number and they group all the drivers together. So it’s a guessing game when loading.
So since this guy is a habitual offender and I'm pretty sure this wont be the last time I touch these 3 laptops. It would be nice to build a recovery partition that way I wont have go through the process again.

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January 16, 2008 at 16:22:51
Acronis secure zone can help actually.
or you may just create a backup archive on a hard drive plus acronis rescue bootable cd in order to be able to restore your data.

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