Make image for widnows xp to restore it later

overthenet

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Hi,

I am trying to find a good software or nice method to make a backup of my windows xp when it's fresh installed with programs and restore it later when I need it.

here's how my hard drive is formatted:

Partition C:windows xp sp2, this partition is the system root and i don't boot from it at all. I keep it 100% clean

Partition D:windows xp sp2, this partition is the partition I want to make backup from, it contains all my programs and everytime I boot my pc I go to this partition

Partition E:windows xp sp2, this partition is a backup windows in case partition D got affected i will be able to continue my work till i install another windows on partition D.

So, as you see I am protected in case I got affected by a virus, I will always be able to boot from another partition to save my files or even do a virus scan, I can even unistall and install new fresh windows on partition D or E without affecting each others because I have a system root partition on C clean 100% not even the network driver is installed on it.

Now my question is what is the best way to make an image of my partition D and install it when I need it without affecting partiton C and E. I just want a fresh image of my windows that I can put on external hard drive and be able to install it without any problems, because installing a new windows with all the software is a long process.

I tried Acronis but it seems not working the way I want it to be, it also made my partition E boot to slow.

Any sugggestions or Ideas? thanks

 

dorsy99

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Overthenet,

If you just want to make an image of your drive "as is" ready for reinsertion into another drive, or overwrite the current one, I would use Norton Ghost. It can make backups, Disk images and lots of other cool stuff.

If you want to combine that with a tool called "VMWare" you can then convert the image into a Virtual Machine and make modifications to it on the fly, like Windows Updates etc.

Hope this helps,

Dorsy99
 

dorsy99

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Overthenet,

If you just want to make an image of your drive "as is" ready for reinsertion into another drive, or overwrite the current one, I would use Norton Ghost. It can make backups, Disk images and lots of other cool stuff.

If you want to combine that with a tool called "VMWare" you can then convert the image into a Virtual Machine and make modifications to it on the fly, like Windows Updates etc.

Hope this helps,

Dorsy99
 
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