In short, there's no application that fits the build. This is primarily because ISOs are not bootable; when you burn a bootable disc from an ISO, the contents are actually extracted first. Second, bootable software that restores images from backup rarely offers the option to have it contained on the same discs as the imaged files because individuals usually have multiple images but only need a single copy of the software...it just takes up space and adds unnecessary complexity. Thus, it is on a separate bootable disc. Finally, there is very little freeware in this category, none of which I would rely on. That leaves the prospect of purchasing an application such as Acronis TrueImage, Norton Ghost, or Norton Save&Restore. Norton has been problematic in the past, in my experience, but Acronis has not failed me yet and is well worth the price.
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Hi everyone - I am new here (only my 2nd post) so please forgive me if I do not have the hang of which questions go where. I promise I used the search engine first but no luck on my specific issue.
I have a Sony Vaio laptop which I love except for the all this OEM crap. My OEM Win XP disk, which of course I did not get, I had to make my own recovery kit first thing doesn't allow for too many installation options. Vaio used to give the options of which extra software you wanted to install, but no more... it's all or nothing.
Ever watch the TV show "Monk" about the obsessive compulsive detective? The only thing you need to know is that he is way overboard OCD and when it comes to computers so am I. I absolutely LOVE to give my harddrive a complete wipe (sometimes with KillDisk, sometimes others so I can do a DoD wipe) but then I am left with a wonderfully clean drive ready to have everything all freshly installed. Monk would love it.
Problem is when I reinstall my Vaio disks, in addition to a lot of the great software they include, they also add a ton of trash, trial versions, etc... it drives me nuts. "Add/Remove Programs" just doesn't do it (even when I use fancy uninstallers) and my registry as well as other things are left in a mess.
So here is what I do.... I wipe my drive, set up my partitions like i want (no problem there), install only the parts of the Vaio disks I want (ISOBuster gave me the ability to do this god bless their ISO busting hearts!) and then I add some of my fav utilities/apps, remove anything else I forgot to remove, fix up my config file and finaly defrag and wipe the free space. It takes forever to get to this point, but I just *love* having a 'fresh' hard drive set up just like I want. It's like having an out-of-the-box perfect computer for me.
Here is my problem which embarrasses me a bit becuase it should be SO easy to do yet it defeats me. My dream is to create a bootable CD/DVD, what ever, that will allow me to make a true ISO iamge of the entire disk or even better certain partitions. And I want it free, too - or at least a program which has FULL functionality for 2 weeks so I an see if it does what I want. I know my ISO image will be huge, multiple DVD's, but I don't care about that. I just want it to be a true ISO, not some apps weird version of a backup file.
Then, after installing some crazy games or just some weird program that messes something up all I have to do is boot my disk with that nice perfect ISO image & copy it back on the drive and I am good to go jst as if I had spent hours doing my reformat/reinstall/erase/tweak.
I have some experience making bootable disks, DVD's/CD's, and have made the UBCD as well as Barts. I thought for sure one of them would have this handy utility but if it is in there I can not find it.
In a nutshell, I want to get my system perfect like I want it, boot from a cd/dvd and make an ISO image (dont need to clone the free space as I plan to wipe it after defraging)which will still take up a few DVD's. Then if there is a problem, voila! I can rstore my perfect ISO.
I'd buy a program if I knew it would do exactly what I wanted, but all the apps I have found are limited not by tiime but file size, usually 300 MB which doesn't help me a bit. Of course, I would prefer a totally free one necause at this point unless it it under $10
If anyone could help my dream come true, I's appreciate more than words can say. I know if this can be done, someone on here knows how to do it!!
Thanks again, y'all are the best and I look forward to getting to know you.