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Try using a DOS based program called PCClone. It boots from a floppy and makes an exact copy (byte for byte) of one harddrive onto another. The only downside is that you'll have to partition the larger drive because they're not exactly the same size. I've used it a couple of times and it works great AND ITS FREE!! To find it, just Google it and save it to a floppy disk. Good luck.
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There are loads of tools to image your drive - boot sector and all.

Ghost, ADS (imgdeploy.exe) or whatever along with a BartPE, DOS or WinPE boot CD.

They are good tools to have.

After I build a new system, after I get OS and applications (core) and drivers and everything installed, I make an image of it.
On a DVD.

If I want to rebuild the machine, takes about 10 minutes to copy the image back and presto - perfect clean OS.
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Originally Posted by satansmurf
There are loads of tools to image your drive - boot sector and all.

Ghost, ADS (imgdeploy.exe) or whatever along with a BartPE, DOS or WinPE boot CD.

They are good tools to have.

After I build a new system, after I get OS and applications (core) and drivers and everything installed, I make an image of it.
On a DVD.

If I want to rebuild the machine, takes about 10 minutes to copy the image back and presto - perfect clean OS.
That's probably one of the best ideas I've ever heard of. So simple but so useful. I don't know why I never thought about that.

I'll try to give ya rep points, but I'm new and don't really know how.
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If you have multiple drives, remapping My Documents to a secondary drive + running files and settings transfer Wizard before nuking the machine (save to second drive) means you are exactly back to where you were before (well almost) once you are back up.
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