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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ak406, Feb 5, 2007.

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  1. ak406

    ak406 Thread Starter

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    i am having serious computer problems i have posted this in another thread. As a side thing though i am wondering is there any way to take a picutre i guess of your system so that when it crashes you can just reinstall it from that picture.

    Say i install xp and all my programs and everything i do then is there some way to save that so that each time i need to reinstall xp i cant just reinstall it the way it was without going through the long process of updating it, adding my programs ect
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    It's called an image. You can do this with Symantec Ghost or Acronis True Image.
     
  3. ak406

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    ok thansk for the help do you recommend one over the other

    also what exactly does it do? it fits it onto a disk? and then all you need to do is run that disk if something is wrong and it will reinstall the os and evrything? it sounds to good to be true..im gonna check it out
     
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    I've only used Ghost, but True Image is highly recommended by several users here.

    No, the image won't fit on a disk if you're referring to a CD or DVD unless the entire contents of your hard drive is less than 650MB (for a CD) or 4.7GB (for a DVD). There may be an option to split the image into segments that would fit on CDs or DVDs, but if the image is large, you won't want to swap 10's of CDs. You'd at least want to use DVDs.

    Yes, it will restore everything including the operating system and any applications and data on the drive when the image is made. It's an exact copy. It will also wipe out anything that was added, installed, or changed since the image was made.
     
  5. Frank4d

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    I have four PCs on a home network. So what I do is use Ghost to make an image of every PC and store it on two of the other PCs. If any PC needs an image restore, 99% chance I am covered.
     
  6. Rich-M

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    You can add an extra internal hard drive is the safest or an external hard drive.
    I think Acronis has more features including separate email save, file saving by scheduling as well as image file creation. Newer versions will restore in Windows as well.
     
  7. ak406

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    ok so i got true image and i love it

    i set up a safe zone on my secondary hdd and every week it just backs up the whole system

    thanks for all the help
     
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    Great thanks for the comeback.
     
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