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Advice Needed on Raw Image Backup


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#1 SCHUH8

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 08:36 AM

Hi

I need some advice. I need to make a raw image of a windows 2003 server and have the ability to do a simple restore to a new HDD if the old one goes bad.

All of the solutions I can find out there are either far too complex (this will have to be run by people who are not terribly computer savvy), or they do not have a simple restore system (usually involves building a complex restore disk).

This is what I need:

1. preferably run from boot disk (CD preferred)
2. preferably able to make a raw image from a internal HDD with ANY system on it (xp. server, vista, 7)
3. able to backup raw image to an external HDD
3. able to restore raw image made in #3 from same boot disk


The keyword here is simple. Freeware is preferable but commercial software OK if reasonable.

Schedualed images would be nice but I realize that involves much more complexity and running from the installed operating system.

Thanks for any help you can offer!
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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:59 AM

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 01:57 PM

i use image for windows ..makes a complete copy of the physical drive all partitions etc ..
use the program to either make a bootable cd/dvd i prefer to use flash drive ...
then just restore ur image ..pretty idiot proof once its done




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