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ClarkKent

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I mess around with windows a lot and install a lot of crap, registry tweaks and what not. Anyway I end up reinstalling windows xp pro a lot. What is the program I can use that will let me get things how I like and then make an image of it and then just install that? I don't want to have to go through the hassle of install all my regular apps every time I want to reinstall windows.
 

David

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Norton Ghost :)

Do your installation, install your fav apps, and then use Norton Ghost to make an image of it. If things get messed up, just copy the image over your hard disk and its as good as new :)
 
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ClarkKent

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How does it work? I mean so I make the image file, from where do I overwrite the the XP Partition? I obviously can't boot into windows and then try to overwrite it. Will it work for a Raid 0, I heard some porgrams don't do well for wroting to a Raid array?
 

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You don't need anything like that when your booting up in first screen you have the option to press delete to go into the bios and f9(I think) if I remenber right it's called express recovery, and you can back up your drive using that. I have back up my drive with it but didn't have a chance to use it yet.

This is from the board's manual.

press Recovery Introduction
What is Xpress Recovery?
Xpress Recovery utility is an utility for backing up and restoring O.S. partition . If the hard drive
can not work properly, you can restore it to the original state.
1. It supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS Operation System .
2. It does not work when you install Boot Manager .
3. It must be used with IDE hard disk supporting HPA .
4. The first partition must be set as the boot partition. When the boot partition is backed up,
please do not change its size.
5. It must be connected to IDE1 Master .
1. System data and hard disk's reading/writing speed will affect backing up speed.
2. It is supported by Intel 865 / 875 chipset, nVIDIA nForce 2 chipset and SiS 648FX chipset
based motherboard from Gigabyte.
How to use the Xpress Recovery
a. There are two ways to enter the Xpress Recovery utility:
1. Press F9 during powering on the computer . (see the below)
2. Please go to "Advanced BIOS" setting menu and set boot from CD-ROM, then save
and exit the BIOS menu. Later, when "CD-ROM:" appears at the bottom of the screen,
press any key to enter Xpress Recovery.
Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, An Energy Star Al ly
Copyright (C) 1984-2003, Award Software, Inc.
Intel 865PE AGPSet BIOS for 8IPE1000MT F1
Check System Health OK
Main Processor : Intel Pentium(R) 4 1.7GHz (100x17.0)
<CPUID : 0F0A Patch ID : 0009>
Memory Testing : 131072K OK
Primary Master : FUJITSU MPE3170AT ED-03-08
Primary Slave : None
Secondary Master : CREATIVEDVD-RM DVD1242E BC101
Secondary Slave : None
Press DEL to enter SETUP / Q-Flash, F9 For Xpress Recovery
08/16/2002-I845GE-6A69YG01C-00 F9 For Xpress Recovery
7n400pro2_1002_t.p65 2003/7/4, ¤U¤È 03:31 84
Technical Reference - 85 -
English
1.Excute Backup Utility:
 Press B to Backup your System or Esc to Exit
The Backup utility will scan the system automatically and back it up.
The backed up data will be saved as a hidden image .
2.Excute Restore Utility:
 This program will recover your system to factory default.
Press R to recover your system.
Press Esc to exit
Restore the backup image to the original state.
3.Remove Backup Image:
 Do you sure to remove backup image? (Y/N)
Remove the backup image.
4.Exit and Restart:
Exit and restart your computer.
b. Xpress Recovery:
Xpress Recovery V1.0 (C) Copy Right 2003. GIGABYTE Technilogy CO. , Ltd.
1. Excute Backup Utility
2. Excute Restore Utility
3. Remove Backup Image
4. Exit and Restart
7n400pro2_1002_t.p65 2003/7/4, ¤U¤È 03:31
 

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Can't you put your master in the ide drive just for the back up? If you can't try the way it is now and see if it will work.
 
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ClarkKent

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I can put my back up to whatever I want IDE or DVD. But it's getting it back on a SATA Raid 0 config that is my problem.
 

DaFonz

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I use drive image 7 and it works great.

What I do is have another partition on my raid 0 just for backups (programs only.. data stays on raid 1 :) ) and whenever I need to, I'll just restore from that image. Takes about 2.5 minutes from bootup to having a fresh install. w00t!

I had bad luck with ghost on my raid 0.. it just didn't want to play right.
 
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ClarkKent

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Ok that sounds great. Can you walk me through a basic back up and reinstall? All software is working and documents restored?

EDIT What media can I put my backup on with Drive Image? CD, DVD, HDD?
 
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