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Complete backup of Windows XP installation

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Veerle, May 29, 2010.

  1. Veerle

    Veerle Flightless Bird

    Hi,

    I installed Windows XP on an old laptop and then installed a whole
    bunch of pc games on it for my kids. It took me quite some time to get
    it all finished. The kids will not have admin rights but nevertheless
    I'm pretty sure that the pc will be all messed up within a few months.
    Now I was wondering: is there a way to make an image of the complete
    hard drive? I have only one partition on it which is being used up for
    about 12 gigabytes. What I want is an image that I can restore the pc
    to after they messed it up so that I won't have to do al the work all
    over again. The last time, my 4 year old son managed it, I don't know
    what he did, but no-one could logon any more. So I will need some kind
    of image that I can restore even if the Windows is not accessible any
    more. The laptop will not be in a domain or something but I have a
    wireless connection on it which could be used to access the laptop
    from another pc. The portable also has a cd/dvd writer. Any
    suggestions?

    Veerle
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Veerle" <veerleverbr@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:e2cc2fe9-339a-4a42-aaf2-26271772bf1f@o1g2000vbe.googlegroups.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I installed Windows XP on an old laptop and then installed a whole
    > bunch of pc games on it for my kids. It took me quite some time to get
    > it all finished. The kids will not have admin rights but nevertheless
    > I'm pretty sure that the pc will be all messed up within a few months.
    > Now I was wondering: is there a way to make an image of the complete
    > hard drive? I have only one partition on it which is being used up for
    > about 12 gigabytes. What I want is an image that I can restore the pc
    > to after they messed it up so that I won't have to do al the work all
    > over again. The last time, my 4 year old son managed it, I don't know
    > what he did, but no-one could logon any more. So I will need some kind
    > of image that I can restore even if the Windows is not accessible any
    > more. The laptop will not be in a domain or something but I have a
    > wireless connection on it which could be used to access the laptop
    > from another pc. The portable also has a cd/dvd writer. Any
    > suggestions?
    >
    > Veerle


    Get a copy of Acronis TrueImage (or some other imaging tool) and park the
    image on a 2.5" hard disk in an external USB case. You could use the same
    disk for your regular data backups.
     
  3. Avatar

    Avatar Flightless Bird

    "Veerle" <veerleverbr@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:e2cc2fe9-339a-4a42-aaf2-26271772bf1f@o1g2000vbe.googlegroups.com...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I installed Windows XP on an old laptop and then installed a whole
    > bunch of pc games on it for my kids. It took me quite some time to get
    > it all finished. The kids will not have admin rights but nevertheless
    > I'm pretty sure that the pc will be all messed up within a few months.
    > Now I was wondering: is there a way to make an image of the complete
    > hard drive? I have only one partition on it which is being used up for
    > about 12 gigabytes. What I want is an image that I can restore the pc
    > to after they messed it up so that I won't have to do al the work all
    > over again. The last time, my 4 year old son managed it, I don't know
    > what he did, but no-one could logon any more. So I will need some kind
    > of image that I can restore even if the Windows is not accessible any
    > more. The laptop will not be in a domain or something but I have a
    > wireless connection on it which could be used to access the laptop
    > from another pc. The portable also has a cd/dvd writer. Any
    > suggestions?
    >
    > Veerle



    I am not an expert but here is what I do on one laptop:
    I use Acronis TrueImage (still have older version 8).
    It enables me to make a regular back up to an external hard drive. Also to
    CDs. Not sure if it does DVDs.
    The emergency boot CD made with Acronis enabled me to boot the laptop on a
    couple of occasions when it would not boot by itself.
    The image was restored from the external drive painlessly and fast.
    Try doing a search for "drive back up" on Google.
    There are several options available out there apart from Acronis.
    Some are free too.
    HTH.
    :)
    Avatar
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  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    See this discussion: http://aumha.net/viewtopic.php?t=27570

    Veerle wrote:
    > I installed Windows XP on an old laptop and then installed a whole
    > bunch of pc games on it for my kids. It took me quite some time to get
    > it all finished. The kids will not have admin rights but nevertheless
    > I'm pretty sure that the pc will be all messed up within a few months.
    > Now I was wondering: is there a way to make an image of the complete
    > hard drive? I have only one partition on it which is being used up for
    > about 12 gigabytes. What I want is an image that I can restore the pc
    > to after they messed it up so that I won't have to do al the work all
    > over again. The last time, my 4 year old son managed it, I don't know
    > what he did, but no-one could logon any more. So I will need some kind
    > of image that I can restore even if the Windows is not accessible any
    > more. The laptop will not be in a domain or something but I have a
    > wireless connection on it which could be used to access the laptop
    > from another pc. The portable also has a cd/dvd writer. Any
    > suggestions?
     
  5. Anthony Buckland

    Anthony Buckland Flightless Bird

    "Avatar" <avatar@noreply.please> wrote in message
    news:eek:SfMn.81707$jt.48097@newsfe04.iad...
    > ...
    > I use Acronis TrueImage (still have older version 8).
    > It enables me to make a regular back up to an external hard drive. Also to
    > CDs. Not sure if it does DVDs.
    > ...


    Yes, it does do DVDs. Until I got my first removable
    drive, this was my standard way of using TI. Typically,
    I used 3 or 4 DVDs (rewriteable) for a set -- your mileage
    may vary, considerably if movies are involved. I made
    two emergency restores using DVDs, with no problems.
    CDs, ok, but you may use an awful lot of them, and have
    corresponding management problems. In either case,
    use quality media; this is no time to make yourself a
    coaster, when you rely, totally, on having a complete
    set that will work.

    Keep whatever media you use safe from prying
    fingers and minds. One set off-site, such as in your
    safety deposit box.
     
  6. fisherman@none.com

    fisherman@none.com Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 29 May 2010 14:22:40 -0700 (PDT), Veerle
    <veerleverbr@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >
    >I installed Windows XP on an old laptop and then installed a whole
    >bunch of pc games on it for my kids. It took me quite some time to get
    >it all finished. The kids will not have admin rights but nevertheless
    >I'm pretty sure that the pc will be all messed up within a few months.
    >Now I was wondering: is there a way to make an image of the complete
    >hard drive? I have only one partition on it which is being used up for
    >about 12 gigabytes. What I want is an image that I can restore the pc
    >to after they messed it up so that I won't have to do al the work all
    >over again. The last time, my 4 year old son managed it, I don't know
    >what he did, but no-one could logon any more. So I will need some kind
    >of image that I can restore even if the Windows is not accessible any
    >more. The laptop will not be in a domain or something but I have a
    >wireless connection on it which could be used to access the laptop
    >from another pc. The portable also has a cd/dvd writer. Any
    >suggestions?
    >
    >Veerle


    Tell the kids if they screw it up, they wont have a computer anymore.
    Then stick to your word.
     
  7. Jim

    Jim Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 29 May 2010 14:22:40 -0700 (PDT), Veerle
    <veerleverbr@hotmail.com> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >
    >I installed Windows XP on an old laptop and then installed a whole
    >bunch of pc games on it for my kids. It took me quite some time to get
    >it all finished. The kids will not have admin rights but nevertheless
    >I'm pretty sure that the pc will be all messed up within a few months.
    >Now I was wondering: is there a way to make an image of the complete
    >hard drive? I have only one partition on it which is being used up for
    >about 12 gigabytes. What I want is an image that I can restore the pc
    >to after they messed it up so that I won't have to do al the work all
    >over again. The last time, my 4 year old son managed it, I don't know
    >what he did, but no-one could logon any more. So I will need some kind
    >of image that I can restore even if the Windows is not accessible any
    >more. The laptop will not be in a domain or something but I have a
    >wireless connection on it which could be used to access the laptop
    >from another pc. The portable also has a cd/dvd writer. Any
    >suggestions?
    >
    >Veerle


    External hard drive and backup program . ( I use Acronis ) .
     
  8. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    Veerle wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I installed Windows XP on an old laptop and then installed a whole
    > bunch of pc games on it for my kids. It took me quite some time to get
    > it all finished. The kids will not have admin rights but nevertheless
    > I'm pretty sure that the pc will be all messed up within a few months.
    > Now I was wondering: is there a way to make an image of the complete
    > hard drive? I have only one partition on it which is being used up for
    > about 12 gigabytes. What I want is an image that I can restore the pc
    > to after they messed it up so that I won't have to do al the work all
    > over again. The last time, my 4 year old son managed it, I don't know
    > what he did, but no-one could logon any more. So I will need some kind
    > of image that I can restore even if the Windows is not accessible any
    > more. The laptop will not be in a domain or something but I have a
    > wireless connection on it which could be used to access the laptop
    > from another pc. The portable also has a cd/dvd writer. Any
    > suggestions?



    Windows Steady State

    "Windows Disk Protection keeps everything on the Windows disk partition from
    being permanently changed by users. This means every change made during a
    user session can easily be undone and the computer returned to its original
    state."

    Free from Microsoft.

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/sharedaccess/default.mspx
     

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