Originally posted by TheMajor
Some CD's like Drive Image for example, are bootable. This means you do not have to install anything on the computer that your are making an image on. You just configure the BIOS to boot from the CD-ROM drive (press DEL on startup to enter the settings; on some motherboards you can press F11 to open a quick boot selection menu). The backup program will then be loaded from the CD and you can select the partitions to backup and the location where you can save it to.
I think I get it now.
At the moment I'm in the middle of "trying" to restore my PC using the image I created earlier. To do that I had to create a BartPE CD
This allows me boot my PC from the BartPE CD. Since I installed a DriveImageXML plugin that was also burned on the CD, I can access the restore program without going into the Windows XP that is located on my hard drive.
Is that what you mean by a bootable CD?