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backup CDs

by asatto / April 8, 2004 2:27 PM PDT

I've tried to make a backup CD that has files, programs, and systems so that I can reload present situation whenever I want instead of reinstalling all over again. Please anybody help me.

Thanks very much

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"Bare metal" backup CDs
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2004 4:15 AM PDT
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Frankly, Microsoft has not provided a tool to make a backup that will take you from "bare metal" (blank hard disk) to where you where before.

Trying to do so in Windows has many issues and pitfalls.

Products such as Symantec Norton's Ghost, Partition Magic and others that can backup to CD/DVD recorders are examples of such backups.

Since a backup can take many DVD R/W disks at 4.4GB each and the user may spend hours on the backup. As such, while you can find such systems, the reality is that they fall out of usage after the first few backups.

This is way most, after trying such a full backup will downsize the backup to what they can't lose. Photos, documents and such.


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by asatto / April 10, 2004 3:03 AM PDT

then, I need to use a certain program to backup. there is no problem with saving documents, but is there a way for system backup?

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"but is there a way for system backup?"
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 10, 2004 3:08 AM PDT
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Yes. I noted a few titles, and will drop that big name which is Veritas.

My warning is that most will not do a system backup onto CDR/W or DVDR/W after the first few times because they found out how many hours it took.

Which brings us back to the usual backup of what we can't lose. Our stuff.


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by asatto / April 10, 2004 4:06 AM PDT

Thanks for help, Bob. I'll try

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My personal useage=
by tcantrelln / April 11, 2004 12:22 AM PDT
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After getting primary computer fully set the way I wanted it ( Wxp-pro-sp1) after activation, I did a full Ghost onto DVD blanks (not quite 2 disks), then for routine daily and weekly have a spare drive (sec/slave) in computer (80gb Maxtor) that is partitioned into 4- and holds ghost images then disconnected)Primary master =2 partitions= OS and files-video-photos-docs,etc / primary Slave partitioned into 4 is additional storage ( audio-etc) and short term ghosts of data and once in a while an image of just the OS partition-so I figure I have 3-4 paths of recovery counting the DVD of fresh after activation-only needing to do the AV updates, and security rollups from M$.

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Re:backup CDs
by donstilleysr / April 11, 2004 2:22 PM PDT
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activate your write program......... set it to write data cd then drag files over to be written. the program should tell u how much space u r using. once u have dragged enough files over remember where u left off to write the rest of them.
i write my hd so if i crash i have everthing
good luck

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YES...use drive-image
by Angela / April 13, 2004 1:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Re:backup CDs

you can use drive-image to do a complete system and data back up even whilst Windows is in use. See the link below:

I am pretty certain that Microsoft Windows own back up utility also allows for a full system back up including or excluding registry files.

If you create these back up files you will either need to create the disc as a bootable or restore from a second hard-drive or operating computer.

Choices can also be made whether to back up drivers etc... which is handy if you want to transfer your image to a different computer.


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