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Old 10-10-2006, 12:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone recommend me the best software to create an image of my hard drive which I can burn onto a Dvd disk then when I format my hard drive, I can restore the image direct from the disk without needing any other software?

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Are you aware that a DVD can only hold 4.7GB, while HDDs hold usually above 50GB?
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Yes I am, I obviously only want to create a image of the data on the hard drive not the 50+gb free space

Since the clean installation of windows + tweaks + program + files that will be on the Hard drive will only take up ~1Gb its ok.
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Ah, that's a different story then. Are you looking to backup only data or also the OS and installed apps? When you say "image" I imagine you mean that you want to put the DVD back in after formatting and recover your system and configs as they were before.
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Ah kk, I guess I should of explained it better. Looking to backup the whole OS + apps and ye after formatting put the disk in and recove the system exactly how it was.

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Use Acronis or Norton Ghost, you will need to have them compressed to the highest level, then spanned across several dvds
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but fresh installation of Windows + all my files + programs only is about 1GB so won't the image be ~1gb?

Also is it possible to restore the image from a disk when the hard drive will be completely formatted?
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but fresh installation of Windows + all my files + programs only is about 1GB so won't the image be ~1gb? = It will be more than a gig unless you compress it, which will make it very small

Also is it possible to restore the image from a disk when the hard drive will be completely formatted? = Yes, its called image restore
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Ok thanks mate.

So what do you recommend, True Image or Ghost and they both have image restore?
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Alcohol 120% works great for burning ISO's.
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