Is Disk clone and image same issue?

June 7, 2012 at 23:42:12
Specs: Windows XP service pk3, AMD ATHLONXP1800
Dear folks,
I have been using winxp os for last 11 years, but around this time the system got crashed lots of times and I lost lots of data; and I know the data recovery cost lots of money and complicated.
Under above those circumstances somebody recommend me to do the disk clone to recover from this kind critical situation.
Question: is disk clone and disk image the same subject?
And what should I do first file backup or disk clone or disk image?
I will be waiting for your reply!

hi folks what is new!


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#1
June 7, 2012 at 23:49:51
They are the same thing and to make a successful image you can use the free edition of Macrium Reflect available here: http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree....

The link will give you all the details


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#2
June 8, 2012 at 05:56:43
While cloning and imaging both produce similar results there are some differences. #2 in the link below explains it very well.

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/show...


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#3
June 8, 2012 at 13:41:13
Windows XP has a good way to safe guard your data. It is called NTbackup.

You have it installed by default if you have xp pro. You install it from a xp home cd to use it.

Hang up and live.


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#4
June 8, 2012 at 14:53:06
Othehill link is broke.

You create a image and then you do backups

Idea is get everything including partition information so you can boot. This is what a image does for you.

Then you want to backup so you capture recent changes to files.

If you do major changes like installing new apps make a image again.

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#5
June 8, 2012 at 15:01:32
Updated link for #2 above

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/show...


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#6
June 8, 2012 at 19:00:57
The official MS way is to use ntbackup. As you can see there are plenty of free and for pay ways to create other types of files and copies.

g4u, acronis, ghost, clonezilla, partimage and commands like tar and dd would work to save data.

Each has reasons to use. On Vista and Windows 7 I just use the backup provided. The DVD boots to restore it.

On xp you can use the MS way or other ways to boot to some media and return the files.

It makes no difference how you call it as long as it gets the job done.

Clone and image are basically the same but folder with files would work too.

Hang up and live.


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#7
June 8, 2012 at 22:13:59
I would imagine the OP wants to make is image or clone bootable... Macrium will do that, the only thing the free version will not do is make incremental backups... for that you will have to use Acronis or similar.

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#8
June 9, 2012 at 05:48:35
Why would you want to clone or image a screwed up Windows installation? All you'd be doing is transferring your problems onto another HDD. Is this drive still bootable or not?

The 1st thing you should do is run a HDD diagnostic test to make sure your drive is still good. If it checks out OK, copy all your important files to an external device. Once you've done that, you can try using Recuva to find any files from when your system "crashed lots of times and I lost lots of data" (whatever that means). Get Recuva-Slim here:

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/builds

After you've retrieved all you can & if the HDD is still good, I suggest you completely wipe the drive & install Windows from scratch. If it's the same XP installation for 11 yrs, it's surely loaded with all sorts of crap.


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#9
June 9, 2012 at 06:43:39
Clone and image are different.

An image works on files copying all files from a particular partition. Some imaging software will compress those files into a single file. An image has to be restored before it can be used.

A clone knows nothing of files and works at the byte level. It copies everything on a disk starting at the firt byte on the disk and ending at the last making the clone identical to the original. A clone is ready to be used as soon as it is made.

Stuart


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#10
June 9, 2012 at 12:27:12
Hi wanderer, I have read your reply statement; and I want to be clarified that Do I still need to backup entire hard drives file before proceeding to do the image of Hard drive? Or Image will be taking care everything else?

hi folks what is new!


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