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Aug 21, 2010 02:44 |  #1

Hi,

I wonder if anyone can point me in the right direction on this. I have just finished building a desktop with XP Pro for a friend and I would like to create a bootable image of it for him so that I can give him the disk to keep with him so when he needs to rebuild, he just slips in the disk and restores the base image. I can find tools that image a disk and I can find tools to create bootable recovery disks but I can't find one that will let me take an image of a disk and make that bootable. Any ideas?

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Aug 21, 2010 04:13 |  #2

Start with DriveImageXML and the Ultimate Boot Disk. There may be a way to automate it. I'd love to hear what you find. A 4GB DVD should be enough for a basic XP install image, though mine with Photoshop, Office, apps, etc is 14GB.


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Aug 21, 2010 09:13 as a reply to  @ tim's post |  #3

I use Acronis software and I have an image of my primary drive saved on my data drive and on an external. If my primary drive ever fails, I can insert the Acronis disk and clone the drive image to a new hard drive.

I update the drive image each week.


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Aug 21, 2010 09:17 |  #4

I am sure acronis allows you to back up to external media. you can also install its recovery zone, which gives you the option of booting acronis instead of os.


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Aug 21, 2010 09:20 |  #5

acronis here


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Aug 21, 2010 09:25 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #6

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Aug 21, 2010 09:37 as a reply to  @ sorpa's post |  #7

Another thumbs up for Acronis, excellent software.




  
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Aug 21, 2010 12:02 |  #8

Thanks for the recommendations. I'm sorry that I forgot to say in my original post that I was looking for a free solution. Anyone know one of those?


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Aug 21, 2010 14:16 |  #9

Jonathan wrote in post #10762229 (external link)
Thanks for the recommendations. I'm sorry that I forgot to say in my original post that I was looking for a free solution. Anyone know one of those?

Try Tim's advice. He knows what he's talking about.


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