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Make copy of HD after format or must I use a HD "imaging" program?


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#1 DetroitKnitter

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 12:38 PM

Hello. Thanks for reading and possibly replying.

1) I have a virus and am so annoyed I'm going to format my hard drive (LOL).
2) I would like to create a clean copy of my HD to put on CDs of several points in time so if I ever have a virus again, I can simply GO BACK to a clean HD. The first point would be after reinstalling Windows and all the service packs and what not. A second point would be after reinstalling my base programs and devices (Office, Jasc Paintshop, printer since those are the main ones I use). I would also like to create a 3rd point in time after updating all the drivers for my devices and patches for my programs. This way if I have 3 (or more) "copies" of a clean ready to operate HD I can simply copy the whole thing to C:\

Ok, the problem is that I don't know if this is something that will even work. I mean, can I simply copy all of C:\ and stick it on a disc then if things go haywire just stick my clean disc in and copy it back onto C:\ ?? Or do I need some software like one that creates an "image" of my drive.

I do realize that in addition I have to maintain a backup of my data but I'll have the assurance that I won't have to spend hours searching how to get rid of a problem or for driver updates again - I just reformatted Sept 2010 and have recently acquired this virus (bummer). I did ask for help in one of the other forum categories, but haven't heard anything and while I do realize everyone helping out is a volunteer, I'm getting restless and am now so overwhelmed with wandering around looking for answers that I'm ready to format... again. Sigh.

SOOOOO, can I simply copy my drive then copy it back in case of problem. OR must I use a drive imaging program. I've read about so many of those I'm going cross-eyed with that topic too.

Thanks for your help. This was supposed to be a short and quick question; sorry for dragging it out with a bit more detail than was probably necessary.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 12:48 PM

Copying a partition or a drive...involves procedures that I feel are best executed by imaging/cloning software.

We know that such software does the job properly...I see no need to create a method which may not produce the desired results.

The only way to copy a partition/drive...involves the use of "HD imaging software", regardless of what it may be termed.

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 01:51 PM

I see your point. Thanks for your opinion.




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