Simplest way to create a "clone disc"



News
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Hello
I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me the
most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along with
all the accompanying software.

Many Thanks in advance

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
http://www.bootitng.com, for BootIt Next Generation. It will allow you to "image" your entire hard disk to CD/DVD and restore from the image. It will also span multiple discs, if need be. You can image directly the device without having to create an image then burn it.

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"News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message news:d75v4e$2i6$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hello
> I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me the
> most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
> freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along with
> all the accompanying software.
>
> Many Thanks in advance
>
>

Pegasus \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
"News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message
news:d75v4e$2i6$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hello
> I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me
the
> most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
> freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along with
> all the accompanying software.
>
> Many Thanks in advance
>

Commercial solution: Use imaging software such as Acronis TrueImage.

Free software: Boot the machine with a Bart PE CD, then use xcopy.exe
with the appropriate switches to copy the source disk to the target disk.

The free solution is much more time consuming. I also requires a good
knowledge about the switches for xcopy.exe, and how to restore the
WinXP boot environment on the target disk. Paying the price for
commercial software would be well worth it.

News
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Hi Doug
Many thanks for your reply! I'll check it out.
It sounds simple but is it open source?
Thanks

"Doug Knox MS-MVP" <dknox@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:uUGpeEmYFHA.3032@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
http://www.bootitng.com, for BootIt Next Generation. It will allow you to
"image" your entire hard disk to CD/DVD and restore from the image. It will
also span multiple discs, if need be. You can image directly the device
without having to create an image then burn it.

--
Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
Display\Security
Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
http://www.dougknox.com
--------------------------------
Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
--------------------------------
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"News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message
news:d75v4e$2i6$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hello
> I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me
> the
> most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
> freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along with
> all the accompanying software.
>
> Many Thanks in advance
>
>

News
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Hi Pegasus
It sounds like I would need to go for the more user friendly approach! As
you quite rightly suggest, time is money!!

Kind Regards
"Pegasus (MVP)" <I.can@fly.com> wrote in message
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>
> "News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message
> news:d75v4e$2i6$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> Hello
>> I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me
> the
>> most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
>> freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along
>> with
>> all the accompanying software.
>>
>> Many Thanks in advance
>>
>
> Commercial solution: Use imaging software such as Acronis TrueImage.
>
> Free software: Boot the machine with a Bart PE CD, then use xcopy.exe
> with the appropriate switches to copy the source disk to the target disk.
>
> The free solution is much more time consuming. I also requires a good
> knowledge about the switches for xcopy.exe, and how to restore the
> WinXP boot environment on the target disk. Paying the price for
> commercial software would be well worth it.
>
>

Doug Knox MS-MVP
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
No, its not open source, but it is shareware and very reasonably priced. Well supported, with updates on a frequent basis. No need to wait for the "next major version".

You can also check out the Image for Windows product on the same web site. All the same features, but does not function as a boot manager, as well as including Image for DOS in the price.

For the question you asked, Image for Windows is actually more appropriate, but I've been using BootIt NG for so long, I tend to forget about Image for Windows.

--
Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
http://www.dougknox.com
--------------------------------
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http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
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"News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message news:d7605u$386$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hi Doug
> Many thanks for your reply! I'll check it out.
> It sounds simple but is it open source?
> Thanks
>
> "Doug Knox MS-MVP" <dknox@mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:uUGpeEmYFHA.3032@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> http://www.bootitng.com, for BootIt Next Generation. It will allow you to
> "image" your entire hard disk to CD/DVD and restore from the image. It will
> also span multiple discs, if need be. You can image directly the device
> without having to create an image then burn it.
>
> --
> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
> Display\Security
> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
> http://www.dougknox.com
> --------------------------------
> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
> --------------------------------
> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
>
> "News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message
> news:d75v4e$2i6$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> Hello
>> I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me
>> the
>> most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
>> freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along with
>> all the accompanying software.
>>
>> Many Thanks in advance
>>
>>
>
>

News
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
"Doug Knox MS-MVP" <dknox@mvps.org> wrote in message
news:OLg7uPmYFHA.3096@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl...
No, its not open source, but it is shareware and very reasonably priced.
Well supported, with updates on a frequent basis. No need to wait for the
"next major version".

You can also check out the Image for Windows product on the same web site.
All the same features, but does not function as a boot manager, as well as
including Image for DOS in the price.

For the question you asked, Image for Windows is actually more appropriate,
but I've been using BootIt NG for so long, I tend to forget about Image for
Windows.


Hi Doug,
Thanks for sharing your tips actually I used to be a big fan of
freeware/open source, however, I actually now believe the best software is
usually that which is commercial. This is a very "general rule" but alot of
software that is open source is generally tough to configure and not user
friendly. I have nothing against paying for it, time is valuable if you use
your pc for work


r\Windows Powered Smart Display\Security
Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
http://www.dougknox.com
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"News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message
news:d7605u$386$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hi Doug
> Many thanks for your reply! I'll check it out.
> It sounds simple but is it open source?
> Thanks
>
> "Doug Knox MS-MVP" <dknox@mvps.org> wrote in message
> news:uUGpeEmYFHA.3032@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> http://www.bootitng.com, for BootIt Next Generation. It will allow you to
> "image" your entire hard disk to CD/DVD and restore from the image. It
> will
> also span multiple discs, if need be. You can image directly the device
> without having to create an image then burn it.
>
> --
> Doug Knox, MS-MVP Windows Media Center\Windows Powered Smart
> Display\Security
> Win 95/98/Me/XP Tweaks and Fixes
> http://www.dougknox.com
> --------------------------------
> Per user Group Policy Restrictions for XP Home and XP Pro
> http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_securityconsole.htm
> --------------------------------
> Please reply only to the newsgroup so all may benefit.
> Unsolicited e-mail is not answered.
>
> "News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message
> news:d75v4e$2i6$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> Hello
>> I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me
>> the
>> most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
>> freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along
>> with
>> all the accompanying software.
>>
>> Many Thanks in advance
>>
>>
>
>

Lil' Dave
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Cloning a partition to me means to create a partition on another hard drive,
format, and copy all the files and folders to that drive. And if bootable,
to make it bootable. Most hard drive manufacturer websites have this
available for free.

Imaging a partition to me means to copy all the partition, fat information
first, then copy sector by sector and store all that information in one or
more composite files in a different partition. Restoration of this image is
to the same or another target hard drive.

I read in this newsgroup people using the terms loosely and interchangably.
Which, I've described above, obviously are not.

If there is another meaning to these words, would some kind soul enlighten
me?

"News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message
news:d75v4e$2i6$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hello
> I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me
the
> most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
> freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along with
> all the accompanying software.
>
> Many Thanks in advance
>
>

Pegasus \(MVP\)
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
I think your definitions are accurate, and if I have been guilty
of not drawing a sharper distinction between "cloning" and
"imaging" then I will certainly do so in future.

The distinction becomes interesting when you use an imaging
product such as DriveImage to clone a disk by direct disk-
to-disk transfer . . .


"Lil' Dave" <spamyourself@virus.net> wrote in message
news:uO9rrPqYFHA.4036@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Cloning a partition to me means to create a partition on another hard
drive,
> format, and copy all the files and folders to that drive. And if
bootable,
> to make it bootable. Most hard drive manufacturer websites have this
> available for free.
>
> Imaging a partition to me means to copy all the partition, fat information
> first, then copy sector by sector and store all that information in one or
> more composite files in a different partition. Restoration of this image
is
> to the same or another target hard drive.
>
> I read in this newsgroup people using the terms loosely and
interchangably.
> Which, I've described above, obviously are not.
>
> If there is another meaning to these words, would some kind soul enlighten
> me?
>
> "News" <someone@someone.com> wrote in message
> news:d75v4e$2i6$1@newsg4.svr.pol.co.uk...
> > Hello
> > I would like to clone my current PC configuration. Could anybody tell me
> the
> > most simple way to do it and the most simple software to use? Is their a
> > freeware software that can create a clone of my XP installation along
with
> > all the accompanying software.
> >
> > Many Thanks in advance
> >
> >
>
>


Simplest way to create a "clone disc"