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#1 bruinator

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 05:19 PM

Is it true if I have an Image of my XP Pro OS on an external USB HD that I do NOT have to have an OS on a PC in order to restore the PC the way it was before the OS was removed?

Please let me know.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 05:34 PM

If I understand you correctly, then yes most Disk Imaging programs have this capability. Often, you will need to create a special "Rescue" disk (usually a CD, but sometimes a floppy or USB disk can be used as a rescue disk) from which you can boot your computer and restore the image on your external USB drive. Your particular imaging program should have instructions in it's Help file.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 06:21 PM

If I understand you correctly, then yes most Disk Imaging programs have this capability. Often, you will need to create a special "Rescue" disk (usually a CD, but sometimes a floppy or USB disk can be used as a rescue disk) from which you can boot your computer and restore the image on your external USB drive. Your particular imaging program should have instructions in it's Help file.


Andrew, I use a bootable version of acronis true image home 2009. I have an image of my XP OS on an external USB HD. Say I wanted to try another OS on my computer say Vista and decided I didn't like it and wiped the OS from my PC. If I wanted to get back my XP OS, can I just use the image from my external USB HD to get back my PC with Xp on it, even if it had no OS on it when I do?

I hope u understand that better. I just want to know if it is possible to do with no OS on the PC.

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Edited by bruinator, 28 December 2008 - 06:22 PM.


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Posted 28 December 2008 - 07:58 PM

Yes you can do this. When you run the Acronis program from the CD, the program is loaded into memory (and not accessing the hard drive). Then you can take any image that you have and restore it to the drive. It will wipe out anything that's on the drive and you'll be left with whatever's in the image.

This is why, even thought there's a verification process for the image, you should always test the image to ensure that it really can be restored.
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:01 PM

Yes, I do exactly that with TI (not updated yet to 2009... :thumbsup: ).

The TI boot CD should offer you the option of a Safe and a Full version - choosing the Full version boot will allow access to the full range of devices TI has drivers for. You can then restore the image from an external USB drive (or Firewire, Network etc) to the internal drive, either straight over the top of an unwanted/corrupted OS, or onto an empty drive (either brand new or re-formatted).

Take the CD out, re-boot and you're back to the original XP installation.

Edit: usasma types faster than me! I second the advice regarding verifying images. I haven't had a faulty image myself but I know someone who has.

Edited by Platypus, 28 December 2008 - 08:04 PM.

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 08:18 PM

yes, that is what I thought.

Thx guys, much appreciated.




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