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Hey i have noever done this but i just reformatted and reinstalled windows xp,and alot of other programs, but not all yet, everything is in working order and i figure i should backup windows now so a yr or so down the road i can just flash windows back to this, so i dont have to reformat and reinstall all over again.... how do i go about doing this? and will i need afloppy disk? i dont have a working floppy drive....


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post #2 of 12
to get an exact replica of your existing windows u can do one of two things. either get norton ghost which is the easy way and then u can ghost ur entire drive and make it a bootable cd. next time u can just run it from bios and directly copy everything into the drive. or u can write an iso image of ur drive on a dvd taking care again to make it bootable. and the same procedure applies when u want to install windows again but this is the hard way
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i dont have norton or a dvd burner... how do i backup windows for recovery purposes... i wanna do this now while everything is dandy so if something goes bad i can just flash to the backup....
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post #4 of 12
that makes things a bit more difficult. but i believe you can still write an ISO image of your drive on a cd and compress it before writing but you would only need to compress it if the image file is larger than the cd capacity. my feeling is if only the XP is important to you with drivers then might as well you burn the ISO image right after you complete the XP installation with essential softwares and drivers. that way your image size will be smaller coz u wont be copying lots of other stuff like games and such.
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how do i burn an iso image to a cd, and how do i creat this iso image to burn?

lol sorry for the lack of knowlage on this....
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post #6 of 12
Go ahead and use norton ghost, you don't need a DVD Burner, you can use your CD Drive, it automatically sections off parts of the backup into 650MB backups.
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post #7 of 12
well you can utilized any standard writing software like Nero or something along the line to do it. but make sure you write an ISO image. another thing to rememeber is to write a short a batch file that will execute this image copying onto the drive. meaning you have to make the cd bootable. and when bios boots the cd, the batch will instruct it to copy all files to c:/ . once its completed copying u can change the boot sequence and windows should boot normally.

remember the writing of this batch file and consequently making the cd bootable is even more important than writing it by itself coz its no use the cd to u if u cant make it bootable. especially when u cant log onto windows.
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One of the best Burning Applications:

http://deepburner.com
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post #9 of 12
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ok ill try this stuff out guys... but imstill a little confused and all, if i cant figure it out ill post back.

thanks so far ...
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post #10 of 12
u r welcome mate pleased we can be of help
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