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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.


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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 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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