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Can you Ghost a HDD onto a DVD disk?

by irish147 / November 16, 2005 1:44 AM PST

I have a laptop computer with no back up hdd disk (drivers/XP), so can I ghost 3.5Gs of into onto cd's.... by using Symantec Ghost etc

many thanks

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Yes, or you could also use Acronis True Image
by Edward ODaniel / November 16, 2005 4:12 AM PST

Both will write to DVD but do read the help files to see exactly how to go about the process.

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Backup
by mrkhlp / November 20, 2005 9:28 AM PST

This maybe simple but I think it will get you there. Why don't you just use window backup software and point it to your DVD burner It can backup the whole system and creat a disk to boot the computer should it die. You don't need to buy anything it's already there. Just a thought.

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Not according to Microsoft
by Steven Haninger / November 20, 2005 10:23 AM PST
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Your right
by mrkhlp / November 20, 2005 11:07 AM PST

I stand corrected. I forgot just how simple the backup program is.

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Actually it can write to CD/DVD...
by Edward ODaniel / November 20, 2005 12:04 PM PST

sort of.

In this workaround, you direct the Backup utility to save the backup file in the CD Burning spool folder. You can then burn the backup to your recordable optical media. Here's how:

1. Launch Backup.
2. Select the Backup tab and choose the files that you want to back up.
3. Choose File from the Backup Destination drop-down list.
4. In the Backup Media or File Name text box, type the following path:
C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\CD Burning\Backup.bkf
where <user name> is the name of your user profile folder and Backup.bkf is the name of the backup file.

As soon as the backup starts, you'll see a balloon appear in the notification area that alerts you that you have files waiting to be written to the CD. Once the backup is complete, click the balloon to open Windows Explorer and then click the Write These Files To CD command in the CD Writing Tasks section of the task pane.

Note: The only drawback to this technique is that you cannot make Backup span large backup files across multiple CDs. As such, you'll need to ensure that your backup file will fit on one CD.

That naturally pretty much eliminates a complete system backup but it can be real handy for data.

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DVD burner
by mrkhlp / November 21, 2005 9:32 AM PST

That shouldn't be a problem if he is using a DVD since the drive is smaller than what the DVD will hold. Nice Ed. When I metioned the Microsoft backup utility which I don't use myself but I was thinking of a simple program called second copy which you can just leave a CD/DVD in the drive and it will burn to it. It will backup on a schedule or just certain programs and it will back those programs on exit if you like so it's mindless once setup. I used it to backup my checking account software. It's an easy program to use. I had to see what other ideas came up here. I use ghost but mostly for cloning PC's. Have a nice Holiday.

Mark

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