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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:29 PM

can i copy the contents of a recovery drive (D:) to a usb, then delete the partition, and if i need to restore, then I use the usb stick? will this work?

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:21 PM

Yes, it is possible. Use something like Clonezilla to copy the partition. I have never done this personally, but it performs the correct function necessary in order to do this. Clonezilla can make an image file, or just plain copy the data.

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Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:24 PM

You're better off just using disc imaging software on a regular basis. Then you never have to worry about returning the system to its original state.

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 12:28 PM

You're better off just using disc imaging software on a regular basis. Then you never have to worry about returning the system to its original state.


you mean taking an image of it, and then just saving it to a disk? could norton ghost do this?

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Posted 16 September 2012 - 06:55 PM

yes Norton Ghost but you have to buy the software

Easeus Todo Backup http://download.cnet.com/Easeus-Todo-Backup-Free/3000-2242_4-10964460.html will back it up and restore but I haven't use it since Windows XP

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 06:47 AM

Norton Ghost is old school at this point. The two best disc imaging products are Acronis True Image (not free) and Macrium Reflect (free).

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:16 AM

why is it old school?

edit: do i do clone, or system backup? also, when i do anything with a partition, none of them are showing up.

Edited by sniper8752, 17 September 2012 - 09:18 AM.


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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:32 AM

I don't understand what you mean about doing anything with a partition. Here's something I put together a while ago for another site. See if it helps:

Disk Imaging software takes a "snapshot" of your drive as it exists at the time you create the image. You can then restore the entire image or any file(s) or folder(s) you choose. It is a virtually foolproof way of backing up your system and providing a safe haven in the event of a catastrophe that requires you to blow away your system partition and restore it to a previous state. It also allows you to "test" various software and be confident that you have a the ability to return to the prior state any time you choose.
I use Acronis True Image. It is the best of breed, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect.

1) I create an image of my system partition once a week to a second hard drive and keep the 2 or 3 most recent images. I also image my other partitions about once a month. I always enable "verify image" in the options. It takes a little longer, but insures a valid image.
2) I also create an image before performing any drive level function (ie, changing the size of a partition) or making any significant change to the OS (installing a service pack, upgrading IE, etc). Also sometimes before installing new software.
3) Images may be created on any medium (cd, dvd, external drive, etc). For obvious reasons they should not be stored on the same drive you are imaging. The best option is a second internal hd if you have one.
4) Images may be created "in the background" within the OS. If you need to restore the system partition, that will need to be done before the OS loads. You can start the process within the application in the OS and it will then tell you it needs to reboot to finish the process. Alternatively, you can boot to a "recovery disk" which you can create when you first install the software (or to the application disk itself if you have one). Other partitions can be restored without a reboot.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:11 PM


You're better off just using disc imaging software on a regular basis. Then you never have to worry about returning the system to its original state.


you mean taking an image of it, and then just saving it to a disk? could norton ghost do this?


Clonezilla is basically a free version of Norton Ghost, which is why I recommended it. Since most people don't like buying software.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 08:23 PM

I don't understand what you mean about doing anything with a partition.


Isn't a drive (such as c, or in this case, recovery) a partition by itself? when i look at disk management, i notice there is a partition for recovery, system reserved, c:, etc.

so I want to clone a partition, right?

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 07:30 AM

The software allows you to choose which partition(s) you wish to backup or clone. You can do one or more in any given backup - your choice. Personally, I backup each partition individually.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:27 AM

You have Win 7....it has a very good program for backng up files and/or the entire system.
You can use it to create images to be kept on DVDs or external drives.
Like Allan said, that is a lot better than reinstalling back to original. Just create images
regularly and depending on how important your files are, regularly back them up daily/ weekly/ monthly/ etc.

Edited by buddy215, 18 September 2012 - 11:35 AM.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:03 PM

i don't see any partitions listed.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 03:17 PM

Your recovery drive would typically not be shown. If you want to know how your drive is partitioned you can go to disk management (start - run - diskmgmt.msc)




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