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Solved: Backup and Restoring Windows XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Tadtheo, Dec 20, 2011.

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  1. Tadtheo

    Tadtheo Thread Starter

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    Hi, Let me explain the situation, first.

    I have a EEE PC 701SD, pretty weak specs, (8GB SSD, 512GB RAM, Celeron M) with Windows XP running. The plan was to use it for Uni, but it's just a bit too slow.
    So, I thought I could backup the entire HDD, onto a external HDD, and install another OS, (I had JoliCloud in mind, or if that fails a slimmed down version of XP using nLite), and if that wasn't to my liking I could just restore the original XP back, so I wouldn't have to muck around with re-installing drivers, and stuff.

    But, I have no idea how I would go about doing any of this, Backing up XP, (I do know how to install the new OS), and then restoring XP if need be.

    Anyone with any ideas?
    Has anyone used JoliCloud, or any experience with nLite?
    nLite sounds good in theory, but does it work in practice?

    Thanks.
     
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    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, 50 GB's double-layer):

    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
    Clonezilla
    Passmark OSFClone (Bootable, cloning only)

    There are also many commercial products with more features.
     
  4. Tadtheo

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I ditched JoliCloud and just stuck with Windows. Thanks. :)
     
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