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Metallica,

Consider using Norton Ghost to supercompress a clean install of Windows XP to a recovery partition on another hard disk or even a DVD-DL if you can make it small enough.

Hope this helps.
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Very usefulless post. Please mature.
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Imaging is NOT for backing up, neither is slipstreaming (burning windows to a CD so it has all the updates, drivers, plus and settings or programs, you just reformat, install and away you go.)

Imaging is basically taking a new drive, installing Windows, drivers, essential programs, and than basically taking that drive and taking and exact copy of it.

Both are to make installing the OS faster and easier.

Primary difference is, slipstreaming is used when you are installing an OS on multiple different types of computers. Imaging is used when you have 50 HP - 123's and need to set them all up, since it has an exact copy of an HP-123, using it on an HP-1234 will cause driver issues, kind of like swapping hard drives to another computer.

With slipstreaming you have to use a disk, with imaging, you can hook up 1 machine (this will operate as the ghost server) and all the other computers to a switch (or router). Tell the server you want to make an image, and it will wait for a computer to try and connect, using boot disks (varies between imaging software used) you boot, connect to the server, and tell it you want to make an image. Once thats done, just boot all the other computers up, and tell the server to begin taking clients for an image restoration. when they have all joined, start the session. This will take about 1 hour for a 10 gig (after compression) image.

For a cleaned up image with some programs that is about 15 gigs, it will take up about 8-10 gigs.

Imaging is awesome, it is an IT persons best friend (other than Red bull or Coffee). Great for overclockers, overclock too high and corrupt the OS? Well just restore the image. Image can have, Ortho's, Firefox, nothing your don't want, anything you need. Just remember, creating a bloated 25 gig image is best avoided.
    
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Metallica,

Consider using Norton Ghost to supercompress a clean install of Windows XP to a recovery partition on another hard disk or even a DVD-DL if you can make it small enough.

Hope this helps.
This would be your best option and the easiest thing you could do would be to get a usb portable hard drive and just save the image on that and then just re-image from it when you need to.

You can also did this with acronis, which version did you get. I have the workstation echo version and with it you can make backup's and restore with it.
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Lolz this thread has not been answered in a while i've had everything figured out. Although trueg50 REP + for giving a good explanation anyway.
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