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#1 Wichita

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 11:18 PM

Hello,         I was in hope of someone helping me in creating a recovery partition on a laptop, so if I need to reinstall windows the way it is right now I could do it in a few minutes instead of hours....I have Just reinstalled windows xp pro service pack 3 & all the drivers.  I have read several topics on this from the internet but am not real for sure on how to do it still.. I could use some step by step directions & maybe pics or video if possible... Thanks for any help



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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:16 AM

(1) Install all security updates from Microsoft.
(2) Install whatever programs you want also?
(2a) Do this http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/500797/cloning-hard-drive-to-a-used-hard-drive/#entry3104221 before imaging your C drive.
(3) Download Clonezilla Live ISO - A small bootable GNU/Linux distribution for imaging and cloning. http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live.php
(3a) Burn ISO to CD, or create bootable USB thumb drive. I suggest use CD if you have it?
(4) Boot with CD, and image your C drive to a 8, or 16, or 32 Mb USB thumb drive. Info. http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live-doc.php

Once you have the image saved on a USB thumb drive, remove it, and save it in a safe place. Label the USB thumb drive so you know which PC image it is.

If ever your hard drive completely fails, you have the image on a USB thumb drive.

Edited by Crazy Cat, 15 July 2013 - 04:26 AM.

 

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 12:27 AM

I'd create "system image" disks rather... That way even if your hard drive fails completely you can just stick in a new one and load it straight on, no install required.

 

I use 'Acronis True Image' for this, it's pretty easy to do.

 

edit: beat me to it CrazyCat, I was busy doing something, writing, talking email whilst you posted... added some good tips also. :thumbsup:


Edited by TsVk!, 15 July 2013 - 12:30 AM.


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 09:25 PM

Crazy Cat, in the Clonezilla I get an Error.... it says Excluding busy partition or disk... Error! No existing disk(s) or no unmounted disk(s) are found! To use Clonzilla to save or clone a disk the sorce must exit or be unmounted! If you are sure the disk exists in this machine, maybe the kernel is too old! Press enter to exit...

 

So I went back through the steps in the guide http://clonezilla.org/show-live-doc-content.php?topic=clonezilla-live/doc/01_Save_disk_image and the part where it says

Select sdb1 as image repository, then choose "savedisk" option     ^TOP^

 

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the part where it says Note you should not mount the partition you want to backup....etc

in this section I only have the sda1 465.8Gntfs wich is my hard drive & operating system... what do I need to do? do I have to partition the hard drive or something if so details please...Thank you



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:57 PM

Well I think I might know what was happening... I need to use a USB Drive...I was Going to put it on DVD...I Dont Suppose this method works with DVD??? I will try it later tonight with USB...



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 09:37 PM

Well I think I might know what was happening... I need to use a USB Drive...I was Going to put it on DVD...I Dont Suppose this method works with DVD??? I will try it later tonight with USB...


Yes, use a USB drive. Clonezilla will prompt you to insert a USB drive.
 

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