How to create an image of windows?

June 11, 2008 at 15:19:08
Specs: Windows xp pro, Duron 1,6GHz 512 DI

Hi Everybody!

I'd like so much to create a kind of DVD bootable/preinstalled windows with all drivers and programs (i.e. a true backup all of my system) installed. But infortunately I make no idea to create...
I've got drivers, programs and windows xp pro.
By chance does anyone know how to make?


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June 11, 2008 at 15:34:05

here is one. Be aware it may take many dvd's depending on the data on the hdd.
You would be better off backing up to a hdd with Ghost or Acronis.

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June 11, 2008 at 15:39:07

"And that's the fishing line, because Sharkboy said so!"

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June 11, 2008 at 15:43:33

Jam-I have Acronis but I haven't seen a way to backup a complete set of incremental bootable dvd's. Never tried it.

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June 11, 2008 at 15:48:29

You can boot from the Acronis CD if you want to create the actual image on an external hdd.

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June 11, 2008 at 15:52:21


I just imaged my C partition a couple of days ago using Ghost 2003. The image fit on two single layer DVDs. IMO optical media is more dependable. After all one of the main reasons for imaging in the first place is in case of drive failure.

Of course if the OP has only one partition with everything one it then it would take quite a few disks. Take image I created was for 12.5GB and it fit in 8.8GB (2DVDs).

So you can expect 40/50% compession using default settings. Of course backing up files that are already compressed, like jpg & mp3 aren't going to compress much. Basically you only pickup the slack space due to unfilled clusters.

Acronis is excellent and is well priced right now at

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June 11, 2008 at 16:00:40

OtheHill-I only back up to hdd's not to a partition or dvd's so the failure of a hdd is the reason for my back ups. I have used Ghost ver. 8 for years and just recently went to Acronis because it is much faster. In the event of a hdd failure I simply slide the old drive out of the drive caddy tray and slide the new one in.

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June 11, 2008 at 16:09:59

Well, everyone has to develop their own method. The important thing is to actually maintain at least two copies of data.

Even with a slipstreamed CD of XP by the time you re-install all your software it takes forever. By using an OS partition and imaging that you can save all that hassle without the need to re-install programs each time or back them up each time. I image each partition separately as needed.


I suggest you look at partitioning strategies at the link below.

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June 11, 2008 at 16:15:29

OtheHill-I guess you don't understand. A clone to another hdd is the same as the the hdd drive you cloned. Not an image, a clone. An image does not include the boot files or registry and may be compressed. We had this conversation a couple months ago.

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June 11, 2008 at 16:25:35

"An image does not include the boot files or registry"
per: When I do what Ghost calls an image, it certainly backs up the registry and the boot files as well if you're just doing one operating system.
My point in response 4 was that you don't need *bootable* dvds if you use Acronis to create a small bootable partition from which Acronis can access and restore the image. I haven't used Acronis in a while so I don't remember if you can boot from the Acronis CD, but you can boot from a Ghost CD(well, or a DVD).

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June 11, 2008 at 16:31:01

kx5m2g- I am speaking to ghost 8.0. You have to create a bootable floppy to access the boot and registry files on an image as opposed to a clone. .

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June 11, 2008 at 16:31:41


I do understand. My comments were directed toward the OP. YOur method works for you.

I don't happen to have an extra 320GB SATA II drive laying around as a spare. If I did, I wonder how I would keep it updated, as my files change daily.

If you read the OP's post they are asking about a DVD of their fully patched and updated WinXP installation with all drivers. No mention of programs. I am trying to give the OP guidance.

As you stated the image would be compressed it would take less space.

There is a use for BOTH methods.

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June 11, 2008 at 16:35:43

Yeh, that was my original reply.

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June 12, 2008 at 14:30:22

Thanks for all answered me. I'll chose the better way to make I intend to do...


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