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How do I create an entire disk image?


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Hi.

I was just wondering if anyone could point me in the direction of a Tutorial/Walkthrough of creating a backup of my C: drive (including installed programs) so that every time I reformat my drive I can simply place the image back onto to it from the Win XP on my D: drive?

I've heard that Norton Ghost is good for doing it but I dont know how to do it.

I reformat my main drive every few months and it takes roughly a week to get everything re-installed so this would be a blessing if I could do it.

If anyone knows where I can find a walkthrough or or can guide me through it then that would be great.

Cheers. :)
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The definitive Norton ghost guide.

http://ghost.radified.com/

Read it carefully and it will be all you need.

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Is there any other way to go except Ghost?
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I use Acronis true image and it works well for me. There is a tutorial here
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Great thx.

Will that take an image of the used space or will it take an image of the entire drive. For instance if I have a 160gb drive and once I have everything installed it only comes to 40Gb, will it Image the whole 160Gb or just the 40Gb used space?
I just want the keep the image as small as possible.

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It will image the entire drive, strip out the unused space and then compress it. My latest image of a 75Gb drive is 20GB. But you can opt for a higher compression ratio
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Great.

Thanks for that.
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If you don't mind using a second hard drive to store a exact image of your system, you can use Paragons Drive Copy 8 to do this. I have successfully used this program to copy a system from a 40 gig to a 160 gig drive. I have also copied twice from a 30 gig partition on one drive to another 30 gig partition on a separate drive. Both these computers and the first one had no problems when i switched drives in the computers. DC 8 is a free download from vunet. It cannot copy to a CD or DVD but is rather easily used to copy from one HD to another. You also cannot copy from one computer to another computer with this software. It's kinda one purpose but works very well at what it does do.

http://www.vnunet.co...e-copy-personal

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