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30-07-2009, 09:19 AM
I have never used Disk Imaging software or Backup software so I have been offered free O & O Disk Image.

If I image a disk what happens to files that are stored in Windows, on another disk. Ditto for registry entries?

As I see it , if I need to use the image all I will get is mesages about missing files, and "can not run"
If this is correct, what use is an imaged disk?

30-07-2009, 09:31 AM
Here's a good metaphor for imaging disks:

I take a camera and take a picture of you. If you get hurt or stabbed by something, all I have to do is use the picture of your to restore you to how you were and what you looked like when I took the image. Same with HDs. I take an "image" of the partition, then when the OS fails to boot or something I restore it from the image.


30-07-2009, 10:04 AM
If you install all your programs to C: and only store data to other drives, the scenario you are envisaging won't occur. If I restore my C: drive from its image, absolutely nothing bad will happen as all programs and registry entries will still be referenced as they were before. And if there are ties to your data drives, these drives are still be there so no problems.

Imaging is good!

kahawai chaser
30-07-2009, 10:22 AM
If you intend to produce a image, you may want to clean up your drive first - i.e. remove unwanted programs, files, run cleaners, maybe defrag, etc, to regain unneeded space and organize/stream line the hard drive. I restored a image back game up recently, which I forgot I had, because the game disc become heavily scratched.

30-07-2009, 10:22 AM
An image is like a photocopy of the system as it is when you create the image.
It restores the whole thing back to exactly that state. Registry, system files, your files, malware, porn - the lot.

So what you should do is split the drive. Personal stuff on D:, install files etc on D:, most apps etc on D:.
O/S pretty much on its own on C:.

Make sure its clean and fresh, set up all your bits and pieces to your staisfaction then create the image.
Keep it safe.

Should disaster strike, or it becomes bogged down as WIndows does, restore it and you're back to clean, fresh and speedy.

The downside of that is, anythng new you may have changed or installed will not be there.
Having your apps on D: gets around this somewhat, because most do not actually need registry entries etc.

Anyhting by Microsoft does. Most antivirus does too. But there is a lot that doesn't. I've done it often, I've only needed to make a few adjustments - I back up my desktop too, so I don't have to recreate any new icon shortcuts, and perhaps one or two changes - like a new printer install.

Images are great.