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Can any1 recommend sw that will let me create personal hdd recovery disks?

By tlf21stc ·
I found lots and lots of posts and discussions about many of the various apps out there that will create images of entire drives and partitions. But every one I read focused on restoring a drive from an image that was stored on another drive, or on a server somewhere.

What I want to do is create a personal set of hdd recovery / system restore disks (CD or DVD), like the ones you'd get from an oem system manufacturer. You know... boot up from disk 1 and the app prompts for each sequential disk until the original hdd / partition has been recreated from the image stored on the disks.

Somebody, somewhere must have written a tool for this, because Dell, Acer, HP, SONY, and who knows who else have been doing this for years!

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Acronis True Image for one

by robo_dev In reply to Can any1 recommend sw tha ...

Macrium Reflect can do the same thing as can CloneZilla.

My experience has been that SATA drives can be tricky to use with Macrium or Clonezilla. Acronis just works. Of course you get what you pay for, since Macrium or Clonezilla are free.

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Acronis is good for making images

by pacav69 In reply to Can any1 recommend sw tha ...

Acronis is good for making images of hard drives and can be backed up to a second partition or burned to DVD. It can also backup incrementally your current and changing settings so if something goes wrong you can go back to a previous setting.

Check it out here

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Thank you, but...

by tlf21stc In reply to Can any1 recommend sw tha ...

I am quite familiar with Acronis, Ghost, et al... but I am looking for something beyond what most of the currently popular "back up" software provides.

I specifically want to be able to create a set of self-booting, self-running Restore disks, for whatever system I happen to be configuring.

I'm sure most of you, by now, has encountered at least one brand-name PC or Notebook that came with either a set of disks or a FAT32 partition on the HDD, from which a couple of mouse-clicks could wipe, re-partition, and restore the C: Drive back to its original factory-configured state.

Well, I know that Acronis (and I believe maybe Ghost) will allow me to create that sort of partition, but neither one (to my knowledge) provides the ability to create a customized, personal set of Restore CD/DVDs.

And yet, Acer, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Apple, IBM, Compaq, and even LG all offer CD/DVD sets that will do exactly what I want, but only for their respective machines. I am looking for whatever software tool(s) THEY are using to make those disks.

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by robo_dev In reply to Thank you, but...

Actually, I am pretty sure that many Dell PCs use Acronis. If you want a self-installing restore (which can be dangerous in the hands of the wrong user) than maybe PC Transplant Pro?

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