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Custom Recovery CD

I'm trying to find a utility that will allow me to make my own Bootable Recovery CD/DVD. I want to make a complete system backup that can later be used to restore the system to the state it was in when I shipped it to a customer. I would rather not have to buy a new copy of the utility for each system that goes out but just one in house copy that can be used to make the CD/DVD without violating any licensing.

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Windows 7 Already Has Such

Unfortunately, you didn't indicate which operating systems you're wanting to mirror but Windows 7 already includes the ability to create a System Image at any time.(Control Panel-Backup and Restore) Vista has a similar option.

As to earlier operating systems, have you thought about Acronis?

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Re: Windows 7 Already Has Such

My current need is for Windows XP Pro systems. It is nice to know that Windows 7 may be able to meet my needs without any third party software.

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If you use Seagate drives ...

you can simply install and use the Seagate DiscWizard which is a slightly crippled version of Acronis True Image licensed to Seagate for disk cloning and imaging. Cost to you == time to download and then install on each machine.

Another free method to achieve what you want would be http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp This Too would need to be installed on every machine as it is for individual use rather than commercial use. This one I would suggest simply loading on the machine and having the end users create their own recovery diskc like several manufacturers do.

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