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chefdimo

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hi.

Can someone please briefly tell me about what is an image of hard drive? Is it like Windows System Restore or more conclusive? What does it contain? and how can I burn an image (if that is a way of backing up your system) and use that image later.

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Omid
 
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chefdimo said:
hi.

Can someone please briefly tell me about what is an image of hard drive? Is it like Windows System Restore or more conclusive? What does it contain? and how can I burn an image (if that is a way of backing up your system) and use that image later.

Thanks guys.

Omid
I've used Acronis True Image a couple of times, it makes an exact copy of your hdd, say you have an old 40gig hdd and want a larger one, you can clone your old drive to the new one, install new one and away you go, no installing os, programs etc., saves lots of time
 

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An image is an exact copy of the drive or partition being imaged except for some items like the page file [which is recreated when you boot windows]
It is much more inclusive than system restore. In fact system restore is one of the first things I turn off since I use imaging software.
 

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I agree with that, though I leave System Restore on for my boot volume. I use Acronis True Image for a weekly backup of my boot partition.
 

chefdimo

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thanks guys. so does it copy programs also?

and does that program also install the new image onto the new harddrive?
 

crjdriver

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It copies whatever you had on your drive or partition that you imaged; so yes it will copy your apps, files, etc.

The same app that made the image is used to restore the image. Note you can use the app to clone a drive as well as image a drive.
 
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chefdimo said:
can I burn an image (if that is a way of backing up your system) and use that image later.
If it will fit on something like a DVD, then you can burn the file(s) there. Another option is to copy the image to an external USB drive.
 

chefdimo

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thanks for all your inputs. I will try it and if I have any problems, I know where to go.

Omid
 
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