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I'm trying to have everything in place back up wise in the event that something goes wrong, on my own laptop as well as those at work.

File History is causing me headaches for some reason, so assuming that this software doesn't really work I have used DriveImage XML and created a back up to an external drive. I've never had to use the software before though so I'm not sure if this is enough? Does it copy everything from the computer : User accounts, settings, files, passwords etc etc ?

I don't have any Installation discs for the computers, is this something that I need to have as well as DriveImage XML? Is there anything else of this nature?

What I'm really after is a solid guide on this that I can follow, any advice much appreciated!

Heres basically all I currently have :



  • DriveImage XML back file - storing multiple files for different computers should be alright? (So I can use the same external HD to DriveImage a few different computers?)

  • Recovery Drive (Does this have to be created to a flash drive?)And I don't know

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You need a way to restore the DIXML backup image. BartPE is one way: WinPE/BartPE Support
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You need a way to restore the DIXML backup image. BartPE is one way: WinPE/BartPE Support



I'm not sure what you mean
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Read the information at the link I provided. Ask any questions once you've read it.

Basically you need a way to restore the DIXML image you created. To do this you need to boot a CD/DVD or flash drive that then allows you to run DIXML to restore the image.
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Just had a thought. If you switched to Macrium Reflect Free to make your backup, it has a tool you run to create a Macrium Rescue Disc. This might be a simpler way to go.

Macrium is recommended by a lot of people. I use it one one of my computers here and on two at work.
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Looks good - that was something I'm unsure about as I've never actually had to use it, although I've acquired another computer that I can mess about with so I can try thing's out this week which will hopefully make it clearer to me.

So I use something like DriveImage XML and create a disc image. I then need to also create recovery discs, or is a recovery flash drive enough? I thought It'd be really easy to find step by step on a complete schema and how to but I couldn't really find one!

Thanks for the recommendation though, I'll have a look at it tomorrow hopefully :thumbsup:
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like this system image back up

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Would that be used instead of DriveImage XML or in conjunction with?

Or a recovery flash drive

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I'm not sure how much of a computer that would actually bring back
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