image hard drive

October 8, 2009 at 09:48:51
Specs: Windows XP, 3.1 ghz 2GB
Need help.. How do i take a fresh install of XP (all drivers/programs installed), make an image of it, and just have it boot and restore and/or have it go back to what it was like after initial install... I basically wanna do this for my uncle (make it idiot proof)... So that all he has to do is pop in a cd and his system is restored to the way it was after i installed it (drivers/apps included) please help.... Thanks

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#1
October 8, 2009 at 09:55:03
other thing i forgot to say... I know i could just make an image on a second partition... But im thinking more along the lines of a worse case scenario... Like if his system crashed and he couldnt get into windows... Something he could do like pop in a disc and have it reload the fresh install... somethin like that...

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#2
October 8, 2009 at 11:15:22
Acronis True Image

http://www.acronis.com


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#3
October 8, 2009 at 11:43:56
I agree, Acronis is great. But be aware that he 'might' need a DVD drive depending upon the size of his system, and it 'might' even take several DVD discs to hold the image.

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#4
October 8, 2009 at 14:10:17
http://disk-imaging-software-review...

Or, get an old version of ghost like 2003, that can create
bootable images on to dvd.

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#5
October 8, 2009 at 15:34:56
There is a free version of Macrium Reflect (an excellent programme) Google for it1

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#6
October 8, 2009 at 15:41:07
weaz4200, I believe is not asking about cloning the disk but wants a setup that each time the user [uncle] boots anything that got installed /messed up is undone and back the way it was originally.

Deep Freeze is one such product.

http://www.faronics.com/html/deepfr...


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#7
October 8, 2009 at 16:08:06
Ghost, acronis, and maybe some linux solutions may work. I used to like norton goback.

It isn't too hard to use Microsoft's NTbackup either. You have it already. Unless the system is totally hosed it can restore it to an exact state.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#8
October 9, 2009 at 11:25:28
Acronis... Ill see if i can get that..... Couple dvds... yeah i know.. But my ultimate question is this.... So if i made an image of his HD and put it on the dvds.... If lets say his system crashed and wouldn't allow him to get back into windows... i could then just boot from the image i made and copy it over to the HD and itll be good as new??? Plus i was wondering if you guys post a link to a tutorial of doin this.... That explains what it is i want to do exactly.... Thanks... Later

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#9
October 9, 2009 at 11:32:24
wanderer kinda has the idea... I want an exact copy of the windows the way it is now... All apps installed... Then if one day the system goes down or its so messed up that anything you do inside of windows doesnt work (cause its packed with viruses)... All he has to do is set to boot from CD and do a few steps... and BAM!!! Windows is back... good as new.

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#10
October 9, 2009 at 11:56:56
Deep freeze is probably the simplest recovery for the user.

But if you use Acronis, you boot from the Acronis CD and follow the instructions to create an image on an optical drive(s), or external hard drive. It's pretty straightforward.

Then when the system crashes, or the hard drive dies, you boot from the Acronis CD, follow the instructions and it will restore the system from the image.


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#11
October 9, 2009 at 13:06:27
So i would have to get the Acronis boot cd and it would create an image... I got 2 partitions.. So i could make the image on the D: partition.. Then i could burn a dvd that has the ACRONIS cd and the image, then boot from the DVD and restore it to it current state as it is right now..? (Fresh Install) Is there a tutorial u could recommend?

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#12
October 9, 2009 at 13:57:01
Why don't you want to boot from the Acronis CD to restore the image?

It's very simple, a tutorial is not necessary. You just boot from the Acronis CD and follow the directions.


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#13
October 9, 2009 at 14:26:26
With Acronis.

You can create an image of C & save to D. But if your hard
drive goes tits up, Tough.

Best to create an image, of C OR the complete hard drive &
save to Usb. But you need to create a bootable cd,

Or, I have just discovered, you can create a one click recovery
to dvd's, but the number of dvd's obviously, depends on the
disk useage. This, means, you create a bootable dvd with the
image on it.

Tutorials

http://www.whatsabyte.com/P1/Acroni...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFdc...

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#14
October 9, 2009 at 14:51:34
Being an ibm guy so I think this is funny, but what you describe fits buying a MAC more than a Windows machine.

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#15
October 9, 2009 at 20:00:15
We never had this problem on DEC systems.
You had two disks. One had a write protect switch set on. It was always "as installed" unless someone changed the switch. .

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#16
October 10, 2009 at 05:29:23
i have a acer aspire m1201 with a 320 gb sata hd and would like to know how to make a backup on the same disk for if my pc messes up again . one where i can boot right from startup in the boot menu options ?

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#17
October 10, 2009 at 05:31:09
im not looking for those fancy norton ghost crap i just want to make a simple bootable backup of my current windows xp im on right now

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#18
October 10, 2009 at 05:34:27
lol . i used to have a ibm . know where your coming from . pc always lags on cheezy games . so how do i make a bootable partion from the software xp gives you without having to get any gay norton s--- (norton SUCKKKKS ass it messed up my pc and slowws it down lol

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#19
October 10, 2009 at 05:35:37
how does this messege board work danget . anyone on line ?

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#20
October 10, 2009 at 06:03:35
so anyone know how to create a bootable backup on the same hd

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#21
October 10, 2009 at 07:06:06
Yes, use Acronis to make a secure zone, ie an image on a separate partition.

There is no way, apart from using imaging software.

Google for a tutorial. I can't post a link, my company blocks certain websites.

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#22
October 10, 2009 at 07:13:17
Its not secure zone, its Startup Recovery Manager

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