How to make true bootable ISO of whole HDD?

September 14, 2010 at 04:39:02
Specs: Windows XP
I recently worked for 5 weeks to get my OEM XP OS + the D:Recovery partition back, after stopping a Recovery CD before it was done. Stupid me. It deleted my partitions, & OS was unbootable but could be seen in Knoppix & several other aps, but I couldn't find a way to fix it. Tried everything. My backups wouldn't work due to no partitions. The Recovery disk couldn't find the data on the D:Recovery partition it has to have to work. I must have tried 50 or 60 things, to no avail. I finally found a way. But now I'm very paranoid about something like that happening again. I have great Paragon software image backup aps, but they aren't bootable all by themselves, and not actually ISO format. Isn't there a way I could make a true bootable ISO of my whole hardrive in case something like that ever happens again? I sure hate this new thing of the OS being pre-installed & you don't get the actual MS OS disks! What a racket. If you have a problem like mine, you can't fix it without buying the OS all over again. It's not like we really pay nothing for the OS just cause it's pre-installed. We pay for it. Maybe less than for disks, but it's just not fair to have a problem like that which can't be fixed! I want a sure-fire way to always be able to fix it! Help?

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#1
September 14, 2010 at 12:50:31
Ghost and Acronis can make images that can be later restored by a bootable cd/dvd or maybe a usb flash device.

There are other image programs.

What you may not know is you have an image software free already. It may take a bit more time to recover but works fine for me. Install ntbackup and make an image of the system. Then save it off to a remote media. Later if you have to recover do a quick install of xp and apply the restore. Both backup and restore needs to have system state for a complete restore.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#2
September 17, 2010 at 03:16:48
"Both backup and restore needs to have system state for a complete restore." What do u mean? If my Windows partition is gone, I couldn't use that backup? I have some terrific backup software from Paragon, makes image backups, but they aren't bootable (without any partitions, the DOS program they have, although it's a great program, it simply could not work, it froze when couldn't find partitions. And that's basically why I want an app that makes a bootable image of the whole drive, and is SELF bootable. Bare metal bootable. I may have found 1 tonight but haven't tried it yet, still downloading. I need something that will restore no matter what, as long as hardware is all OK. Many programs that say they can do a thing can't actually do it if they can't access Windows or partitions. Thanks for responses, I appreciate it! :)

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#3
September 19, 2010 at 04:01:23
download nero full version
using nero full version u will be able to create a bootable recovery disk
under backup option in nero

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#4
September 20, 2010 at 02:22:32
Have you any knowledge about whether this backup with Nero you mention, even if bootable, does it also have the ability to work/run without having to be able to access other things on the disk, such as Universal File System drivers or partitions? Can it just take off & restore missing partitions or will it freeze up & whine that it can't find something it needs? I know many backup programs make an image or even a bootable image, but what concerns me, is that most can't run without accessing other things on disk. I have 4 image backup programs but they all have some undesirable problems. XXClone even deleted EVERYTHING on my USB external HD before it did the backup there. I'll try Nero, but I bet it won't make a backup that works from "bare-metal" as they say.

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#5
September 20, 2010 at 09:29:47
I use Paragon. Backup & recovery 10.2 its free, You should have created a boot cd. This will enable you to boot up, then find the archive from which you restore.

You could have saved to a network usb drive, or to dvd's of which you can make the first bootable.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#6
September 20, 2010 at 10:14:59
Seems I found the 1 stupid thing Paragon didn't have a miracle solution for. :) Yeppers, I am a huge fan of Paragon also! I have my Paragon image backups right here on my USB ext drive, & also the recovery CD. :) I also have 2 other recovery disks made with other software, and 2 other image backups. :) THAT isn't the problem, and it wasn't the solution. They all wanted partitions there and or to use other things that they couldn't access at that point. Believe me, I tried everything I could find online for 5 1/2-6 weeks!
* I think I have actually found a possible answer Paragon had lurking online, but they aren't who told me of it even! I'd mention it here, but I haven't tried it yet, and many things you'd expect to work just plain didn't, so..
But yes, I so agree with you about Paragon! System Backup 2010 is now free also. And makes the backup capsule you see at boot/startup, & it has saved me several times! I heartily recommend it to everyone! I am their #1 raver about Paragon. :) If you research it, you'll discover Paragon has even pioneered some really innovative stuff we never hear about, that many top companies use now.
*Clive, my C: partition was over 149Gb, no can put that on a network place without big bucks, & I'd still need to access the net plus install it somehow, and believe me, really, backups were NOT working.
One thing that probably would have worked, using a couple other things with it, was Paragon Virtualization program. Sad, I actually had it too, & never used it.

Thanks for your efforts though, dude, I appreciate it. :) Paragon rules! :)


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#7
September 20, 2010 at 10:18:17
Anyone know how to make an ISO for restoring a whole disk, using the C:\I386 & NtLdr files? I know there's more to it than that.

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#8
September 20, 2010 at 13:50:57
When I mentioned Network, I was thinking more of a NAS or another pc on your network.

Mind you, the couple of times I tried over a LAN it failed.

I can't help you with making a bootable iso disk. Good Luck

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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