Imaging a hard drive for backup purposes.

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Microsoft Windows XP
I had a situation recently where a laptop hard drive died completely. We installed a new drive and re-imaged it, but the drivers were missing off the standard OS image, and I had to re-install the drivers for the on board devices. (Biometric security etc) I had problems getting the drivers for the laptop, (1 year old) off the manufacturers website. No maintenance contract. I started to think about the problems a dead HDD can cause, if they bought more of this laptop model. I want to back up the backup ( D: ) drive on new laptops to a DVD disc, so we can revert the laptop to factory defaults when we dispose of it. I know you can do system backups to DVD disc, and I wondered if any one else works this way, and if so, how others have solved the problem.

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There are several approaches you can fallow…

For a good, though and free solution, you can give Clonezilla a try.
I’m using it in relatively small environments for some years now with very good results.

It works disk-to-disk, partition-to-Partition and even over the network.
It is really good.

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  • Rakei
    Theirs also AcronisTrue Image.. -Can create backup image of whole disk, partition to partition, specific files and folders e.t.c.. and restore it back to its origional state...(this can aslo be restored on different model of Laptop or P.C Desktop despite Hardware compatibilitie..) -Bootable disc/repair.. -create recovery partitiion for factory restore.. clone disc et.c... but it doesnt come free...Have used it..great to have..
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  • ErroneousGiant
    I had a similar issue a my place of work and we went down the route of windows deployment with images of the different models with different setups for various usage. It works really well and it's free. The task list features of this are also handy as software like Office can be automatically installed for you during the imaging process. You can also slip-stream drivers into this while building images.
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  • Chippy088
    Thanks for all these good answers. I will investigate further. It is something that comes up off and on, and it can be a bit of a chore finding the original drivers etc. when there are a batch of old PC/Laptops to be disposed of. I have started a catalogue, listing equipment and cross refering to a DVD image, which should make it easier.
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