imaging software



Tim Smith
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
Hi all

I'm constantly wiping and reinstalling Windows XP on my much-abused test
box.

At the moment I simply reinstall Windows the normal way, which takes
around 40 minutes, plus another 20 minutes to install devices and
updates. However, I understand I could 'image' the HDD after I had it
all peachy and then reinstate the image in minutes if the need arose,
which would be terrific because I could save myself a lot of time when I
needed to reinstall the system.

My question is, what software can I use for this? Do I need to buy
something or is there any good freeware that provides this functionality?

Many thanks
Tim

Richard Urban
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
If you want to use it for long term get Ghost 9.0 or True Image 8.

There are 30 day tests out there for some other products also!

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You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"Tim Smith" <tim@example.net> wrote in message
news:3ev75vF56e7dU1@individual.net...
> Hi all
>
> I'm constantly wiping and reinstalling Windows XP on my much-abused test
> box.
>
> At the moment I simply reinstall Windows the normal way, which takes
> around 40 minutes, plus another 20 minutes to install devices and updates.
> However, I understand I could 'image' the HDD after I had it all peachy
> and then reinstate the image in minutes if the need arose, which would be
> terrific because I could save myself a lot of time when I needed to
> reinstall the system.
>
> My question is, what software can I use for this? Do I need to buy
> something or is there any good freeware that provides this functionality?
>
> Many thanks
> Tim

Jon
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
Might be worth looking at the CDs / DVDs that come with computer
magazines. Not entirely free, but you can often get the full versions of
quality software. I currently use Paragon Drive Backup 2004, which I
obtained in that way.

Jon



Tim Smith wrote:
> Hi all
>
> I'm constantly wiping and reinstalling Windows XP on my much-abused test
> box.
>
> At the moment I simply reinstall Windows the normal way, which takes
> around 40 minutes, plus another 20 minutes to install devices and
> updates. However, I understand I could 'image' the HDD after I had it
> all peachy and then reinstate the image in minutes if the need arose,
> which would be terrific because I could save myself a lot of time when I
> needed to reinstall the system.
>
> My question is, what software can I use for this? Do I need to buy
> something or is there any good freeware that provides this functionality?
>
> Many thanks
> Tim

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
Tim Smith wrote:

> Hi all
>
> I'm constantly wiping and reinstalling Windows XP on my much-abused test
> box.
>
> At the moment I simply reinstall Windows the normal way, which takes
> around 40 minutes, plus another 20 minutes to install devices and
> updates. However, I understand I could 'image' the HDD after I had it
> all peachy and then reinstate the image in minutes if the need arose,
> which would be terrific because I could save myself a lot of time when I
> needed to reinstall the system.
>
> My question is, what software can I use for this? Do I need to buy
> something or is there any good freeware that provides this functionality?
>
> Many thanks
> Tim

There are a variety of good ones, but for a price, including Acronis
True Image, Norton Ghost, and Terabytel Unlimited's Image for Windows
and BootIt Next Generation (BING).

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

WTC
07-09-2005, 11:33 PM
"Tim Smith" <tim@example.net> wrote in message
news:3ev75vF56e7dU1@individual.net...
> Hi all
>
> I'm constantly wiping and reinstalling Windows XP on my much-abused
> test box.
>
> At the moment I simply reinstall Windows the normal way, which takes
> around 40 minutes, plus another 20 minutes to install devices and
> updates. However, I understand I could 'image' the HDD after I had it
> all peachy and then reinstate the image in minutes if the need arose,
> which would be terrific because I could save myself a lot of time when
> I needed to reinstall the system.
>
> My question is, what software can I use for this? Do I need to buy
> something or is there any good freeware that provides this
> functionality?
>
> Many thanks
> Tim

Never tried this one but it is free.

DrvImagerXP 2.2
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/DrvImagerXP.shtml

Personnaly I use Norton Ghost 9.0 and have never had a any problems with
it. I back up my 2 drives over a network and takes about 15 minutes for
both to complete. And to restore over the network with the Ghost
Bootable disc takes about 30 minutes per drive. Had to try it once. :)

--
William

Tim Smith
07-09-2005, 11:34 PM
WTC wrote:
> "Tim Smith" <tim@example.net> wrote in message
> news:3ev75vF56e7dU1@individual.net...
>
>>Hi all
>>
>>I'm constantly wiping and reinstalling Windows XP on my much-abused
>>test box.
>>
>>At the moment I simply reinstall Windows the normal way, which takes
>>around 40 minutes, plus another 20 minutes to install devices and
>>updates. However, I understand I could 'image' the HDD after I had it
>>all peachy and then reinstate the image in minutes if the need arose,
>>which would be terrific because I could save myself a lot of time when
>>I needed to reinstall the system.
>>
>>My question is, what software can I use for this? Do I need to buy
>>something or is there any good freeware that provides this
>>functionality?
>>
>>Many thanks
>>Tim
>
>
> Never tried this one but it is free.
>
> DrvImagerXP 2.2
> http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/DrvImagerXP.shtml
>
> Personnaly I use Norton Ghost 9.0 and have never had a any problems with
> it. I back up my 2 drives over a network and takes about 15 minutes for
> both to complete. And to restore over the network with the Ghost
> Bootable disc takes about 30 minutes per drive. Had to try it once. :)

Thanks for the ideas, guys.

WTC, I tried DrvImagerXP but unfortunately you need to set up a
dual-boot system in order to restore a WinXP partition because there's
no boot-n-blast functionality. I guess I'll shell out some money for
Ghost :)


imaging software