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#1 genius12

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 02:22 AM

Hello guys! I was wondering if there is any software that I can use to make an .ISO image file of my entire hard drive, which includes the files, images, data, operating system, service pack, the  registry. Then I also need a software to extract that .iso file and restore my computer from it when needed. I just want to make the .iso image of my hard drive and registry for backup. Thanks alot. :thumbsup:
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Posted 16 July 2009 - 09:00 AM

Plenty of software to make an .iso file...but the question is...what media will you store such .iso on?

The typical "entire hard drive" these days...will not fit on any media, other than a hard drive.

Also...it might be worth looking at http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=s...mp;oq=&aqi=

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An alternative way of achieving what you seem to want...would be to simply clone your present hard drive...to another hard drive. That would give you an exact interchangeable copy of the entire drive, with the only size limitation being the size of the hard drive you use to store the clone version on.

Edited by hamluis, 16 July 2009 - 09:02 AM.


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Posted 16 July 2009 - 02:03 PM

My data is only about 2.42gb, so I can store it on a removable drive, like a USB stick, or an external hard drive.

Edit: Hamluis, talking about what you said about making a clone. If I make a clone can I store on another source other than a hard drive.

Edited by genius12, 16 July 2009 - 02:12 PM.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 03:01 PM

I love Dubaron Diskimage.

http://www.dubaron.com/diskimage/

Edit: This tool runs on Windows only. I use dual boot Windows computer and can use this tool to restore from compressed disks.

Edited by Romeo29, 16 July 2009 - 04:23 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2009 - 03:36 PM

The tool suggested by romeo29 looks good...but it's a backup tool.

A backup tool will seemingly give you what you want...but I urge you to read all instructions before using.

FWIW: This is free partition-management software, which would enable hard drive/partition cloning. EASEUS Partition Master is a magic partition manager software for Windows 2000-XP-Vista-2003- - http://www.partition-tool.com/

To anwer your question...no, you cannot use a program like this to record to CD/DVD but you could use an external hard drive. The problem that I see with using an external hard drive...XP cannot be run from an external hard drive, so what would the point be? How would you get the cloned copy from the external back to your lone hard drive?

Romeo29's suggestion looks like it fits your situation better.

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Posted 16 July 2009 - 04:20 PM

Is there another similar product like dubaron diskimage that I could use.

And what do you guys think about the built in windows xp backup utility. Can put a backup made by the xp backup utility on an external resource. And then restore from when needed.
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Posted 16 July 2009 - 04:29 PM

The tool I suggested works in Windows only, good for dual boot systems.
hamluis raised a good question how would you restore on a single boot system while not using Windows?

So you should stay away from Dubaron Diskimage and rather have a look at Clonezilla or PartImage which is a bootable CD (linux), you can boot from.
They both let you clone your partition on a DVD. If you have 2.42 GB, they will gunzip it down to around 1 GB, it can easily fit a DVD.

http://www.clonezilla.org/
http://www.partimage.org/Main_Page

Edited by Romeo29, 16 July 2009 - 04:35 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2009 - 05:05 PM

I'll try to answer your query about the XP backup tool.

It works...but it doesn't have the flexibility that some of us prefer in a backup program. One of the bigger problems in some minds...is that the user must backup (store the backup) to a partition and it cannot be the partition being backed up. I may have that wrong...I've never used NTBackup, but there is plenty of information on how it works, what it does, etc.

Using NTBackup in XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422

WindowsXP Tips, Installing NTBackup on XP Home - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/windowsxp_tips.htm

http://www.softwaretipspalace.com/Microsof..._NT_Backup.html

http://www.data-backup-and-storage.com/nt-backup.html Ignore the advertising for the other product, just read the differences.

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 12:26 AM

What about norton ghost. Ifound it to be quite versatile. And its features completely suit me, as of the latest release, ver.14. So should I buy it.
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 10:40 AM

Like anything else...buying software is like buying clothes :thumbsup:.

I buy whatever suits me :flowers:, at that moment.

I'm still using Powerquest Drive Image 2002, which I bought in 2001, for backups. Powerquest was ultimately acquired by Symantec and the two former competing products (Drive Image and Ghost) were then combined into a hybrid.

I don't have any experience with the current version of Norton Ghost, just experience with it's predecessors before they became the same product.

From opinions I respect...I'd go with Acronis True Image, if I needed a backup program. But...my philosophy has changed since large hard drives became the norm.

When I move to using Windows 7 as my main operating system...I won't use backup software. I have an excess number of hard drives and I will just clone my C: to one of them routinely. I have controller cards that I can use for either PATA or SATA hard drives...so I won't have to worry about drive compatibility when I clone.

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