Making a boot image for hard disk

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by n o s p a m p l e a s e, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. My OS is Vista Home Premium. Is there a *freeware* solution to make a
    bootable image of hard drive so that in future if I have to reformat,
    I can use the image. This will save me from going into the arduous
    process of installing various programs one
    by one.

    n o s p a m p l e a s e, Oct 5, 2007
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    Larry Guest
    Larry, Oct 5, 2007
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    Candy Applez Guest

    by the time you burn 6-7 dvds for Vista image, you would be better off
    Candy Applez, Oct 5, 2007
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    ded Guest

    The best method is to create a cloned/mirror/ghost image,
    this is saved to a seperate HD or partition, though you can create
    the image across DVD's, but a Vista configuration will require
    several, and using DVD for the imaging is a clumsy process.
    But as for *freeware* versions for Vista.........???

    There are plenty of imaging freeware for XP, this is a Vista
    download site, have a rummage:
    ded, Oct 5, 2007
  5. Your advice is well taken but how I can restore it when I need it. I
    have never done it before. I have always format the disk using Windows
    CD. I need to understand how I can do it from a partition. But before
    that how I can create such a partition. Is there anything in Vista
    Home Premium that lets me create such a partition.
    Thanx. I will loo at these links.

    n o s p a m p l e a s e, Oct 6, 2007
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    ded Guest

    Creating a partition on an existing system drive is a no-no, google:
    "creating partition, Vista" and you'll get plenty of hits and heaps of
    reading. Partitions on one/same drive are created at installation.
    The easiest and safest of all options, is a seperate drive, the obvious
    benefit being if the drive with system installed has a hardware failure
    the back-up image is safe on a seperate drive - internal or external.
    I don't run Vista, so unknown if it has the facility to create partitions.
    But clone/image/ghost software have the facility to create a partition
    on a drive. And such software, once the seperate drive's partitions
    have been created, will allocate a partition and create the image.
    The setup/configuration wizard for such software is easy, you just
    allocate what drive (C) the reset image would be copied over to if
    Software such as Acronis, Norton Ghost etc, once a image has been
    created, within that folder on the back up partition is an icon, double-
    clicking it produces a warning that you are about to re-set etc.
    You just click to agree and the software does the rest.
    The only thing I can't tell you is if any freeware clone/ghost software
    exists for Vista.
    ded, Oct 6, 2007
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