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Saving A Clean Install With Configurations As A Backup


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#1 Layn

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 06:59 PM

I have done a cursory google search but am not sure exactly what I am looking for. I would like to install XP, get all updates, install all the programs I want (VLC, Firefox, etc) and get it to the point where everything I need is installed. Then I need to copy everything, Windows included, to a backup drive so that if/when I need to reformat I can just wipe and copy without hours of setup. Also it would be great if I could update it whenever I need to with new versions or programs I want the backup to have.

I know about some of the backup software available but I don't think any of them can restore everything to a reformatted drive like I am looking for. Any idea of anything that does something like this?

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 02 November 2007 - 10:20 PM

Look no further than Acronis. It costs money. It's superb. Does everything you want plus few things you never thought about. I use it for exactly the scenario you described.
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/produ...mage/index.html

There are a bunch of free imaging products, so check them out - Cobian, Digital Dolly, many more.
List of freeware replacements is in a sticky/pinned post in this forum section, so easy to find
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 08:25 AM

Thanks a lot! The Acronis software is perfect for what I need. The freeware list is awesome too since I'm a open source junkie. If only there was a open source version of Arconis... but beggars can't be choosers.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 10:39 AM

I personally haven't tried this, but the Seagate DiscWizard has a OEM version of Acronis True Image, this is a free download. It might be worth a try, I couldn't find out what the difference is between the OEM version and the retail version.

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 11:14 AM

Wow :thumbsup: It is almost the same thing... The only difference I can see is with the retail version there is a try it feature that lets you virtually install and test things and if you like it write the info to the drive... a nice feature but something I dont think I would use with other virtualization software out there.

Besides that and the OEM one having a partition editor, I don't see a difference. Awesome find dc3!




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