How can I create a Recovery disc/CD

By HarrySpadge ·
Hi, First of all, I would just like to say what a great site this is.
I found it an hour ago and I've found out more info than I could wish for.

Now to my question,
I would like to know how I can create a recovery CD like those which you sometimes get with a new PC.
I have seen and used them before and a couple I have used appear to be using a form of Norton/Symantec Ghost.
I play around with PC's a lot in my spare time and I'm always wiping hard drive's and re-loading Windows which as you may know is very time consuming.
So I would like a disc that I can just pop into the CD drive, reboot the system and have it reload Windows into the same configuration as before.
Can anybody help, I have trolled the internet several times but never really found what I've been looking for.
Thanks for your help.

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Depends on what it is you are doing

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How can I create a Recove ...

If it's just the one computer a program like Ghost will work. But if you want to do this on different computers without the same configuration there is nothing currently available to do this.

What the main problem is, is that different M'Boards have different Drivers so if you Slipstream a Recovery CD for one computer it is very unlikely to work on a different unit as the M'Board Drivers are different and will not allow a different computer to boot without problems.

It's exactly the same as changing HDD between different computers as what works perfectly in one doesn't work in a different computer.


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Recovery CD

by HarrySpadge In reply to Depends on what it is you ...

Thanks for the reply.
I want to create a disk to use on PC's with the same hardware configuration.
I understand your point about different motherboards and drivers, but I would be using it solely for a specific PC.
I generally like to wipe the hard drive and reinstall windows after a while just to keep the sytsem fresh, I find it easier than messing about trying to remove programs, etc.
And it would be a damn site quicker to use a Recovery disc than it does to reinstall windows and all the relevant drivers, programs, etc.
I have not yet used Ghost but I have used Drive Image(made by same people as Partition Magic - I forget there name).
I know that Symantec have taken over the makers of Drive Image and as far as I was aware you cant boot from an image on CD/DVD created by DI.
Does anyone know if Ghost can be used to create Bootable Image/Recovery discs ?


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Sort of .. with a backup

Norton Ghost will make a bootable CD with what you want, I think. If you cannot with Norton, you might check out Bart


There are backup progs out there that will back up to a set of CDs and DVDs. Some of them will allow you to create a rescue boot CD. One problem that you will face is that unless you start off with a very minimal install, you will end up with a STACK of CDs.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to How can I create a Recove ...

is a better alternative. I think you can start using the PC about 7 minutes into the restore. It creates a Hidden Recovery Partition on the Hard Drive. I have it on my sons PC because he uses Limewire. When he gets infected it takes almost no time to get him up and running again. :)

Edit: I know its not a Cd solution but I think it is better. :)

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