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#1 josheee12

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 10:12 AM

is it possible to make a partition on my hd that has a norton ghost image on it and the ghost bootable data and make the partition locked and have it as a bootable recovery partition? i am sick and tired of having to reinstall xp, and all of my apps. i hate making the ghost cds, because i lose them a lot and this would save time.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 10:43 AM

Sure, it's possible...but not advisable, IMO.

Not sure what you mean by "locked", but I would never have a backup of my O/S on the same hard drive (partitions are no protection against hard drive controller errors and other mishaps), preferring to (IMO) minimize the risk somewhat by using a 2d hard drive.

The likelihood of two hard drives failing at once...I believe to be considerable, whereas the likelihood of one hard drive failing has to be more (statistically speaking). Actually, I feel that hard drive failure is a random thing, can happen anytime to anyone...so I try not to place all my eggs in one basket.

Hard drive failures created an empire for Iomega, in the days before larger drives became the norm and small drives cost a lot more money :thumbsup:.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:03 AM

i meant 2 partitions on the same hd...
it is a laptop, so i cannot mount 2 hds. by locked, i meant that no new data can be added, and cannot be edited otherwise.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 12:21 PM

You would have the same problem hamluis described, harddrive failure would cause loss of ALL information, even your recovery partition.

Have you considered an external, backup drive?
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Posted 21 December 2008 - 12:37 PM

i do not need this because of failure, just sometimes, i have computer viruses and other issues, that are hard to get off, even for me.(i do computer repair in my spare time, and trust me, i know what i am saying)

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:24 PM

Acronis True Image has offered this capability in it's v11 and 2009 versions. I haven't tested this feature in these programs.

You can do this with almost any imaging software - as long as you have a bootable CD that will load the image program outside of Windows.
I do this with all computers that I build for others - and I give them a copy of the boot CD and keep one for myself.
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Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:31 PM

i was trying to aviod the use of a cd.

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 01:43 PM

Then you're likely to be stuck using the latest versions of Acronis True Image. Read the documentation before purchasing.
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