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 Post subject: How to make a backup image for my laptop
PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 10:00 pm 
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Hi everyone, I'm a long time fan of maximum and well into my third subscription now, though I've never really used these forums.

Okay well heres whats up.

I bought a new laptop and I've got all the security stuff down and backing up procedures. However I wanted to run part of my plan by you guys to see if you think it will work or not.

Basically I want to create a image backup of my laptops OS just after I strip it down and have everything installed. To do this I plan to use DriveImage XML and have a BartPE disk to do it with. However for the image would it be possible for me to have it saved to an external hard drive? So that if the OS does die or whatever, I can just toss in the BartPE disk and plug in my external hard drive that has the image on it? Would that save me?

Thank you guys in advance,
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:53 am 
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I've nevered used Part PE but I can tell you the UBCD has several cloning tools and either one of them will get the job done.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:27 pm 
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Alright I've looked at UBCD and HDClone looks pretty good. Does it automatically partition my laptop's hard drive and write the image to it? Because thats basically what I want to do, and if HDClone doesn't do it for me how do I do that manually then? And if I do get that down, then if I use the UBCD would that enable me to restore the main OS with that image?

Thank you for helping in advance,
Rangerboi


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 1:38 pm 
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Use the first one HD Clone or Copy wipe
After you get your system all set up then do a test to make sure everything goes smoothly just to be safe.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 2:03 pm 
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Alright I've looked at UBCD and HDClone looks pretty good. Does it automatically partition my laptop's hard drive and write the image to it? Because thats basically what I want to do, and if HDClone doesn't do it for me how do I do that manually then? And if I do get that down, then if I use the UBCD would that enable me to restore the main OS with that image?

Thank you for helping in advance,
Rangerboi


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:22 am 
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Yes it can automatically partition your drive
For more info download this and then read the .PDF file.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:59 am 
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Alright so I used UBCD and Copywipe to make an image of my laptop's hard drive on to an external USB hard drive, and well the boot cd works fine and all, however when I test it to see if everything works, it doesnt detect or show my external usb drive it only shows my laptop's drive. Am I doing something wrong here?

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That sounds strange it should show up as USB2 HD or something similar to that.
Look inside the BIOS for any USB related settings that may be causing this issue.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:45 pm 
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I've been digging around in the BIOS for a bit now and I can't seem to find anything that would prevent the USB2 from recognizing. My laptop is using Phoenix BIOS, and I think they may have locked several parts of it from customers such as myself. Any Ideas?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 9:14 pm 
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It may be the software tooo. If you have a newer system the software might not have the correct drivers.

You could try one of the other utilities to see if they'll detect the USB drive. Then you'll know if its the hardware or software.

How did you make the backup image? Its odd that it was detected then and not now.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 3:04 pm 
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Thanks for all the help John!

It all worked in the end, turns out I just needed to use the USB ports on the left side of my laptop and plug it in and flip it on just before I load copywipe!

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