Simple Question about ASR

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n7Epsilon

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Hi,
I have a question about Windows XP Pro's ASR (Automated System Recovery), while I do know all about how to create one and how to restore in case of major failure, I want to know if by any way the backup created could be somehow compressed to save hard drive space.

As far as I know, I have searched through Backup's options and couldn't find a way to do it and the problem is that I can't do the backup anyway else (eg: WinRAR to create a compressed RAR file) since NTBACKUP.EXE is apparently the only program that can control the Volume Shadow Copy service to copy actively running files...

Is there any way to do it ? (ie: create a compressed ASR backup - or at least a compressed backup of the XP partition while running XP itself somehow ?)

Any suggestions ? Thanks ...
 

RAM-PAGE

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I don't know of a way of compressing it other than using WinRAR but then the ASR system won't be able to access it.

The only thing I can think of to get if off the drive is to put the .bkf file on its own partition and then make a drive image of the partition. But that does not make as much sense as making a drive image backup to CDRs or Data DVDs.

Drive imaging programs which work within Windows lock the drive before imaging. Those which run from a DOS bootdiskette don't need to.

So an older version of Ghost or TeraByte Unlimited's 'Image for DOS' will do the job from a bootdiskette, as long as your burner is compatible. Then, if the drive fails completely, you still have your backup.
 

n7Epsilon

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Thanks a lot RAM-PAGE !!!

-> Thinking to myself: "Why doesn't Microsoft bother to include an option to compress that ridiculously large ASR backup file in their NTBACKUP program?? Don't they know that allowing such an option will encourage many user to do it !!! I think that even WINDOWS 9X HAD IT !!! Why doesn't XP ?!?!"

--> Just a question though...
----> Is "Image for DOS" smart enough not to copy my HIBERFIL.SYS, PAGEFILE.SYS and temporary files... ??
 

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That I don't know, because, I never use hibernate, have the paging file cleared on shutdown, and empty the temp files off the system with CCLeaner before imaging.

Sorry. :)

If MS really wanted to, they could probably get ntbackup do a Volume Shadow Copy to CDRs or Data DVDs.
 
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