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Complete System-Drive Backup


Blue Dragon
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Hi guys.

I recently crashed my windows partition because I was trying some stuff with linux and dualboot and eventually I had to reinstall windows. However, this was not all that bad as I had made a backup-copy of my C-drive with the built in backup-utility of windows XP.

So after a fresh install of windows XP, I started the guide for importing the data of the bkf-file windows had created. I had saved the complete C-drive and also checked the the "System State"-option. However, after importing it all, I ended up with a bluescreen after a reboot.

So I tried it again, reinstalled windows, but this time only recovered the C-drive without the System state - same problem.

On the thrird try I only recovered the C-drive without the System state and without the windows-folder. This worked and now everything works fine again. However, I had to manually reinstall my display driver, my sounddriver and some other programs that stored their data in the registry (for example PS which told me no licence key could be found). After 3 days of install-format-reinstall I finally had my system back up and running.

Now I'd like to know if there's a way to completely backup my C-drive and easily recover it with all the drivers, settings, licencekeys ect. Do you know any programm that let's me do this while running windows? Or do I have to boot into a liveCD to access all the windows-files the system is using all the time? Are there any free programms out there or do I have to pay a few $ for a good programm? I'm willing to pay say around 30$ or so if it's a programm that's really worth it.

I've been looking online and I also found some drive-image programms, but I don't know how good they actually work and I wanted to know if there's anyone here who can recommend anything!

Thx for your help,

Blue Dragon

By the way: Great new forum. I like the new look and also the new features! Great work.

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You would probably need some sort of imaging software and an extra drive/pc to copy the image to. A lot of people here use dd in linux, but there are windows programs like Acronis and Ghost that can do the same thing.

http://www.acronis.com/

http://www.symantec.com/norton/products/ov...mp;pvid=ghost14

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You would probably need some sort of imaging software and an extra drive/pc to copy the image to. A lot of people here use dd in linux, but there are windows programs like Acronis and Ghost that can do the same thing.

http://www.acronis.com/

http://www.symantec.com/norton/products/ov...mp;pvid=ghost14

i'd like to say dd is fail but i just cant bring my self to it...

you want clonezilla. works nicely.

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