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How to make a recovery disc for Vista?


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#1 Jim P

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 09:53 AM

I recently installed Vista Home Premium 64bit. I used an OEM disc. Is there any way to make a recovery disc with all the upgrades installed or am I stuck with using the original and downloading all the upgrades again?

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 10:08 AM

In my opinion, you can do these :
- make an image of your hard disk, using a tool like Norton Ghost or Clonezilla. Later if you want you can restore from that image
- create a slipstreamed DVD with all updates and hotfixes using vLite. This way next time you install Vista, all updates would be installed automatically
- if your bios supports some backup/recovery tool, you can create an extra hidden partition to save your present settings there. You can later do recovery from it.

CloneZilla - http://www.clonezilla.org/
vLite - http://www.vlite.net/

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 12:15 PM

In my opinion, you can do these :
- make an image of your hard disk, using a tool like Norton Ghost or Clonezilla. Later if you want you can restore from that image
- create a slipstreamed DVD with all updates and hotfixes using vLite. This way next time you install Vista, all updates would be installed automatically
- if your bios supports some backup/recovery tool, you can create an extra hidden partition to save your present settings there. You can later do recovery from it.

CloneZilla - http://www.clonezilla.org/
vLite - http://www.vlite.net/


Romeo29

How abouit this? The reviews aren't the greatest.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16832200008

It costs less than Norton Ghost

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Edited by Jim P, 20 November 2009 - 12:16 PM.


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Posted 20 November 2009 - 12:28 PM

I can recommend Acronis as it is a product I have used for several years as a backup application. I keep it updated weekly. Setup was easy and not difficult to learn, this having never used any sort of imaging or backup application before. YMMV

I would also consider the 2010 version if buying. However my version is 2009. As for reviews you might look here too: http://disk-imaging-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 12:13 PM

Sorry, I never used Acronis Backup & Restore.
I always try to use open-source software myself like CloneZilla, PartImage or SelfImage. I mentioned Norton Ghost because its old and popular and immediately gives you an idea of the software type being talked about. Please note that I am not promoting any commercial software.

If Animal says then it should be good :huh:




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