how to make a recovery partition in xp

January 23, 2011 at 11:05:04
Specs: Windows XP, 2.66/1024
Is there a way to copy your hard drive and everything it has and make a bootable partition on my hard drive and when my computer stops working i can just boot from that partition and have all the stuff back in less time . HP has something like that on most of the computer they send out so im sure i can do something like that to

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January 23, 2011 at 15:26:31
Yes you can, I believe Norton Ghost has the facility to do this.

I personally did it this way, starting with a blank hard disk and a Windows startup disk from Windows 98:

- create two partitions using MS-DOS fdisk, primary for the recovery, for XP I did this about 3GB in size, the other partition for windows can fill the rest of the disk
- format the primary partition using format C: /S to install system files
- check it boots DOS fine, if not, use fdisk /mbr
- install windows to the other partition (D: drive)
- when you boot, you should see two options (Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows)
- get windows running how you like it with drivers etc
- run SYSPREP from the windows CD to 'seal' windows (not entirely necessary)
- grab a copy of Symantec ghost 7.5 and stick it in the C: drive
- restart and choose the startup option Microsoft Windows
- In DOS using ghost.exe, image the secondary partition to a GHO file on the primary partition
- go back into windows
- you could change BOOT.INI in the C: drive to read 'System Recovery' instead of Microsoft Windows
- you could write a batch file to confirm and automate the recovery process, then declare it in AUTOEXEC.BAT

But yes, there probably are much easier ways than the way I used, however, this way once running is so easy to use, no CDs or anything required, and it works reliably!

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January 30, 2011 at 14:19:40
hey thanks worked great and that is going to save me alot of time later on

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