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Imaging [ to DVD ] software or method, please

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by rainforest123, Dec 5, 2011.

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  1. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

    Dec 28, 2004
    I apologize if I am guilty of double posting.

    Earlier today, I started http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/1029852-w7-creating-image.html , in hopes that someone could tell me how to use W7's backup utility to create an image to DVDs.

    Thus far, I have not found an answer.

    Thus, to my fall back position:
    If not, are you aware of a 3rd party program available which provides me with the opportunity to create an image without installing the program? Why would I want to do that? Because I want to avoid the remote, but real, possibility of file corruption during /after the 3rd party program has been installed.

    I am skilled in the use of Acronis True Image to clone my HDDs.

    W7 Pro 32 bit, NTFS
    Fresh / Clean instal
    80 GB HDD, SATA

    Thanks for your time. :)

  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    I accept your apology, and closed the other thread.

    I've never done it, nor would I want to, but it was my understanding that Windows 7's "Create a system image" works with DVDs (see attachment). Are you asking how to get to that point (attachment) or is something not working?

    Attached Files:

  3. rainforest123

    rainforest123 Thread Starter

    Dec 28, 2004
    Thanks for your generosity.

    I've gotten beyond the screen shots.

    After selecting my DVD drive [ either one ] [ each a Plextor PX 810SA ], I do not have the option to select the image. Instead, I am informed that I am informed that the selected backup location does not support the creation of system images.

    From that which I have read, W7's backup & imaging works only with HDDs. It might work with flash drives. I haven't tried it.

    In W7's Backup & Imaging, I selected 1 of my optical drives, in which I had placed a DVD - R disk. I STILL couldn't select the image option, but I was given the option of backing up my C: to a DVD.

    From within W7, after rebooting, I tested the backup, using W7's Backup & Imaging & the DVD I made [ above ] , but some files could not be backed up because they were in use.

    I booted to the WRE & tried to restore from an image, but W7 wouldn't look at my optical drives; not even with the backup disk in the optical drive.

    Thanks, again, Terry.

  4. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Acronis True Image is not meant to be a drive cloner. Nobody semsible would ever buy it for cloning when there are so many excellent and better free ones. Its main purpose is imaging and it easily burns images to DVD which are bootable and have the Acronis program on them.

    As do most of these:

    Free drive backup software (imaging, cloning, and archiving - backups can be created on a second hard drive, internal or external, or on DVD's, or BluRay disks. One BluRay disk will hold most peoples' entire system drive's backup at 25 GB's using compressed images):

    Paragon Backup & Recovery (Recovery boot CD or USB key)
    Macrium Reflect (Free)
    O&O Disk Image Express or (mirror)
    Easeus Todo Backup
    Redo Backup & Recovery (Boot CD)
    Clonezilla Live (A bootable CD of Debian with Clonezilla.)
    Drive Image XML
    PING (Partimage is not Ghost) (Boot CD with option Clam Antivirus)
    Partition Saving
    Passmark OSFClone (Bootable, cloning only)

    There are also many commercial products with more features.

    And this:

    Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
    If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

    This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.
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