I want a simple, GOOD utility like GHOST, which can create IMAGES of my bootable partitions, OS partitions, and I could save IMAGES on same HDD other partition. later on I want to create a bootable media with this IMAGE which could automatically restore the IMAGE to actual partition.
I was using NORTON GHOST ( BOOTABLE FLOPPY/USB) for years, but here I have all NTFS system and I need a better utility.
what about ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE
is is too bulky to install in system, i heared it can create IMAGE of the XP while it is running.
I've used acronis and it works beautifully. Yes it works within the OS or with a bootable disk. It's not really bulky at. I have it installed in my laptop with a turion x2 and 2GB of ram under windows vista and haven't noticed a performance hit. However it has trouble with RAID.
If you have vista ultimate or looking to buy windows 7 ultimate (mybe even professional) it comes iwth a simple yet effective image utility.
is there a way to get just the bootable program of it TRUE IMAGE, i mean outside windows no need to install.
My goal is this :
I will backup my system partition( only this partition ) on my HDD at a separate partitions initially, when i am done all tweaking etc, and a final workable image for me is ready, then I want to burn that image on a CD/DVD, which contains bootable media.
In case of recovery, I must put that CD/DVD in and rest of the things must be transparent and automatic.
I did have GHOST 8x, 9x and was able restore image from partition to my system partition. Not yet made my final recovery CD because of this problem:
When I restore using GHOST, and if I have changed PARTITIONS configuration ( for any reason), OR when I restore saved image on ANOTHER HDD, GHOST does everything fine, except, system can' t boot from restored image, then i have to use little tricks:
refresh MBR, refresh boot sector, using XP CD. recovery console,
and sometimes even this does'nt help, then i have to start install XP over that restored partition, not completely, after few screens, I stop installation process and start booting from that partition, I am able boot then.
I hope ACRONIS TRUE IMAGE will not have this issue,
please tell me what version of TRUE IMAGE i must use,
-> only want to create/restore image from a separate self boot, don't want to install whole thing in my XP.
-one more thing to mention that my GHOST experiment was with FAT32 system partition, and now i have NTFS.
I don't know of anyway to create a self booting acronis image. As far as I know you'll have to boot the rescue disk (which is a CD). Then you can swap out the disk with one that has your image on it. Personally I prefer to use flash drives for my image which will work also.