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Backup Images to ONE local machine

By mlogsdon ·
I have about 50 users on the Novell network. I need to do Images of the machines. If they destroy the hard drive, I can take an image and restore the image to a new hard drive. If the hard drive has been hit by lightning, I can replace the drive with another and they are up and running again. --- I have a central pc (My PC with a Large hard drive that can hold about 10 of their PC Images', if I could do that. I know about Ghosting a hard drive to a hard drive, no problems at all. But I would like to get the images from the other PC's to my PC and not have to use an extra hard drive per each image backup. I can use the Network if needed also, but they prefer me not to tie up the network.
** Need multiple images stored to one PC.
** Of course be able to restore image to original
** usually 3-5 Gig image to a 120 Gig
(Lots of room) but how to get more than one image to the 120 Gig HD.
What would you recommend...? and Procedure is...?
Can this work...?
Thank you for your time. JML

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by sgt_shultz In reply to Backup Images to ONE loca ...

portable hard drive and boot disk? check out backpack product line. but there are many. i like lacie. pretty cheap. even a parallel interface one would work if you can take time...if you plan on storing lots of big files, check out formatting with large cluster size to use disk space efficiently...
my 2 cents is this is one idea that is good on paper but doesn't work that great in reality...sometimes i compromise and make hidden partition on hard drive (if room), store image there...i know it doesn't protect against physical failure of hd...

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by marv732 In reply to Backup Images to ONE loca ...

Assuming the pc's are pretty much the same hardware and OS why not have 1 ghost image of the default OS setup and then just get incremental backups of the data directories on each PC?
Save a lot of space on MyPC and make reinstalls fairly easy for you - users would have to do customisation for their taste but that probably won't be too much effort and they'll certainly appreciate you getting theirm back on track faster.
Greg

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