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well, as i want to do some OS testing etc.. installing different OS'es etc, i want to have a full 1:1 backup of both SSD's on my laptop (4GB and 16GB) and i have a 250GB external HDD.. so how could i do it so that when i have finished my experiments, i just restore them back and my laptop is exactly in that state it used to be before the experiments?

my laptops is an Asus EEE PC 901 btw.
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well, as i want to do some OS testing etc.. installing different OS'es etc, i want to have a full 1:1 backup of both SSD's on my laptop (4GB and 16GB) and i have a 250GB external HDD.. so how could i do it so that when i have finished my experiments, i just restore them back and my laptop is exactly in that state it used to be before the experiments?

my laptops is an Asus EEE PC 901 btw.
Linux or XP?
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Linux or XP?
forgot to mention

its the Linux version but i installed XP on it afterwards, so its XP now.. also note that i have no cd/dvd drive
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Do you have any other computers to help with the process?
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Do you have any other computers to help with the process?
my desktop computer, so yes.. theres also a few other computers around here
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You could use Norton Ghost (or find a similar open source alternative) and make an exact copy on a partition on the external HDD, then just restore it when your finished experimenting.
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You could use Norton Ghost (or find a similar open source alternative) and make an exact copy on a partition on the external HDD, then just restore it when your finished experimenting.
and how does that restoring work? as i have to format every partition on every disk while experimenting
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as i have to format every partition on every disk while experimenting
Your going to format the external hdd too?
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Your going to format the external hdd too?
ofcourse not.. only everything inside the laptop..

it would be just perfect if there was some tool or something that lets me boot from the external HDD directly and there make/restore the backups of both disks
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it would be just perfect if there was some tool or something that lets me boot from the external HDD directly and there make/restore the backups of both disks

That would work if your BIOS has a "boot from USB" option.
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