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Solved: hard drive image

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chefdimo, Jan 27, 2007.

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  1. chefdimo

    chefdimo Thread Starter

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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.

    Thanks guys.

    Omid
     
  2. brite750

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    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
     
  3. crjdriver

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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.
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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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.
     
  5. chefdimo

    chefdimo Thread Starter

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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?
     
  6. 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.
     
  7. Bob Cerelli

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    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.
     
  8. 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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