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XP Pro restore time

does any know the approx time to restore XP pro + msoffice from a back up on HDD(backup size = 4.8 gigs)using lenovo's restore and recovery. in my attempt, after 1hr and 40mins, the progress meter was still showing 0% so killed it..did i get too impatient?

system... xp pro, lenovo t61, SBB INTEL CORE 2 DUO , 1 gig ram

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I have an image that if I restore will take...

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3 to 5 hours. But I've seen times as long as a day because the image was 500GB. The time goes up as the size increases.

It's not clear what's going on in your post as to the details but at 4.8GB I think a hour is an outside limit.


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restore hung up

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wow..that is a really fast response...thanks a lot.

since i was seeing 0 progress after 100 mins, i am prestty sure my system (lenovo's restore utility) was hung up. the system does work but i did lose a bunch of minor applications and setting. i am afraid to retry as i don't know if there is problem with the utility, my backup or just a on-time glitch.

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Where's your backup?

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I read that you are using their restore system but where is your backup system. The one that you choose to save what you want to save?

Such backup plans are often thought of after people lose it all (and then sometimes they have to lose it a few times...)


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where is the back up

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the back is on the same "c" hard drive...i created it a while back when the computer was working fine. I decided to back up to this saved backup as i got BSOD a couple times while trying to burn cds

PS. there were no issues while creating the backup and as i recall it took well under an hour

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Time to think about a new backup plan.

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You've found the existing plan fails...

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backup plan- what is best?

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yes and that scares me and now have no confidence in the built in "rescue and recovery" package. so i have started looking at other products. in the past i have used "instant recovery" and it worked fine but i am sure there are many others...any suggestion? remember this is for a lenovo, running on xp pro.


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What I use is

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1. Some external USB drive.
2. A few sets or DVDRW disks.
3. A secure network ssh server.
4. A few select files on an USB memory key.

I have no backup image of the system since I have those on install CD/DVDs.


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what can i use?

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don't know what system (hardware) you have but the lenovo does not come with install create your own..but..

a. i created my discs (no error popppd up) but the problem is, people have reproted in other forums that the recovery discs one creates don't always work..

b. i could do a clean install but i understand that a "generic" install is pretty complicated as you have to dig up and install drivers for your specific hardware (touchpad, cd drive..)

saving application data is not an issues..i have it on flash drives, it is the system that i have concerns i was searching one of the products that creates an image (os+drivers) on cd/dvd/usbhd.

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Those restore CDs are usually fine.

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That covers the machine back to square one. CLEAN INSTALL is sort of a guru thing. Most owners do not have the time to do that. I've seen gurus take from 1 to 7 days to do a clean install.

As to what hardware I have... My files are worth more than any common USB hard disk so I have a few of those, then 30 DVDRW disks, that SSH server is something we cooked up at the office as yet another safety and then I'm sure you've seen those USB memory keys.


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