ISO image of hard drive

Western digital / 320gb
July 25, 2009 at 13:09:05
Specs: Windows XP, unknown
How do I find the ISO image of my hard drive, so that I can burn it to disk? The original drive died, so I don't think the manufacturer's info would be there, since I did a clean install. Can I create an ISO image of my drive?

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July 25, 2009 at 13:11:23
You need Ghost or Acronis software to create the image. If your HDD is already dead, oh well ...


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July 25, 2009 at 13:15:53
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July 25, 2009 at 15:06:33
No, you cannot create an ISO image of your drive.

An image of your entire HDD isn't exactly an ISO image. An ISO image holds the file system used on optical media like CDs & DVDs with the exclusion of audio CDs. Also, the average size of a hard disk in a typical home PC is several times larger than the space available on an optical media regardless of the sophistication & type of compression implemented. While you can span the image across multiple DVDs, it's far easier to have a secondary drive to which the primary HDD image will be stored to start with.

FYI, there are many programs out there to generate a clone image of your local drive(s) ... as hinted by XPUser in response #2. The most popular ones aren't available for free, but there are many that are available for free, like, DriveImage XML; Macrium Reflect; XXCLONE; GImageX; Clonezilla; G4L; Clone maxx & so on. It all depends on your cloning/restore preferences & level of sophistication.

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