Imaging with easy restore

November 21, 2009 at 16:45:45
Specs: Windows 7, 3.5GB Ram
I'm looking for a way to allow a laptop to be restored from a disk image simply. I envision having a disk image saved on a hidden partition along with some software to restore the image. Ideally I would like to have a start up menu where the user could choose between booting into Windows XP or "restore from image". When that option is selected, the computer boots to the hidden partition and automatically restores the drive image.

What software would you recommend for this?

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#1
November 21, 2009 at 19:47:25
I use Acronis True Image 10
They have newer versions now.
It creates a partition called - Secure Zone for your hard drive
backup.
I also make a complete hard drive backup on an external hard drive. My External hard drive has a switch were I can turn it off when not in use. Acronis CD will boot to and allow you to Recover your hard drive. The Secure Zone failed me one time but the backup on my external hard drive worked and restored my computer.

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#2
November 21, 2009 at 22:20:40
Any guides on setting up Clonezilla on a partition and scripting it to automatically restore an image when booted from the Windows boot-loader menu?

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November 22, 2009 at 14:51:00
All Restore programmes I know of require a "Rescue" disk to be made and in most cases they use a Linux type loader (as opposed to DOS) and in any event I doubt there is a programme that will alow the system to be replaced whilst it is in use. I may be wrong but...

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November 22, 2009 at 23:07:21
I was thinking of maybe making a FAT32 partition addition to the NTFS partition Windows is installed on. I could then place the boot files (that would normally be on a Clonezilla boot CD) on that FAT32 partition along with a image of the NTFS partition. Then I could assign a bootmenu item to point to the FAT32 partition. Would that work? If so, is there a guide on a) setting up a partition to boot to Clonezilla and b) scripting Clonezilla to immediately begin restoring a image to the NTFS partition without the user having to make a bunch of selections?

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