Disk Image Backup Query

  Legslip 15:07 06 Dec 2011
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I have finished reformatting my laptop and re-installed Win XP and all updates/Serv Packs, Antivirus and MS Office 2010. Is there any way I can burn a disk image to CD or DVD so that if all goes wrong at some future stage, I can restore to its current state?

  onthelimit1 15:19 06 Dec 2011

I'd use an external hard drive. Best options (In my view)are then Acronis (paid for) or the free Paragon here

  Legslip 15:21 06 Dec 2011

I have a USB2 Xtl Drive. Do I download Paragon onto the PC then instruct it to copy to the Xtl drive?

  onthelimit1 15:24 06 Dec 2011

Yes, it should be as simple as that. Worth reading the Paragon guide first.

  Legslip 15:28 06 Dec 2011

Thanks people. I'll give it a run tonight!

  robin_x 16:39 06 Dec 2011

Current Easeus better than Paragon IMO. Maybe easier for first use.

A clean XP install should easily fit on one or two DVDs. Regular ongoing Images are better to ext HDD.

All Image programs allow you to make a boot CD/DVD as well to restore the Image on a non booting computer/new main HDD.

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