create drive image

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Michael.Bradshaw
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Hi, I installed vista 64 last week and have got every thing installed exactly the way i want it. I had a bad crash a few weeks agao and wondered is it somehow possible to make an image of a drive to another drive so it can be fully restored.

It might also be handy as I am considering changing the physical drive to a faster one and don't like the idea of having to install everything all over again.

Thanks, Michael.

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fuddam
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I use Acronis Drive Image - no complaints at all (unlike with some other NORTON prog)

was impressed recently that was able to use its inbuilt facility to transfer whole drive + partitions to larger drive - very smooth - including creating larger partitions.

:D

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many new drives come with ''drive copy software'' to get round migration.

i'm not sure how many drive backup systems fully understand ''vista 32'' never mind ''vista 64'' file system.

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Michael.Bradshaw
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Heres' what i need to do,

have a installation of vista 64 running nicely.

Premiere 2.0 isn't running well on vista and cs3 isn't going to arrive until end of next week maybe.

Want to go back to xp but not have to go through the hours of work getting vista back the way it is now.

i also want to move the os to a different physical drive too.

Can i image the vista system drive, reinstall xp, then apply the image to a new drive when cs3 arrives?

The software looks fine but i'd rather hold onto $50 if it can't do this.

Thanks, M

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fuddam
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not used the vista version, tho Acronis just sent me an upgrade email yesterday.

theoretically, yes.

Michael.Bradshaw
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ok, i'll back everything up and if it doesn't work I just do what i had to do anyway and do a clean install.

Thanks.

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Michael.Bradshaw
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turns out vista has a handy program included to create a drive image. You can image everything and then boot of the windows cd and the option is there to do an install or a recovery. I swapped the drives, reimaged it and you would never know it was done.

Pretty handy and didn't have to pay $50.

M.

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fuddam
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sweet stuff. which means i don't have to upgrade Acronis when i eventually get Vista :D

colinb
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Seagate's "Disk Wizard" is written by Acronis and is a free download. It seems to have pretty comprehensive imaging operations - not sure how it compares to Acronis' commercial offering.

I haven't tried it myself, but I'm told that it may pop up a warning message that other manufaturer's drives are not supported but it will still work OK. But I haven't verified that myself.

Here's the PDF describing its features:

http://www.seagate.com/support/discwizard/dw_ug.en.pdf

and this is the download page:

http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads/discwizard/

There's also a Maxtor version which seems to be the same software: