I haven't used any disk imaging for a year now

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by Defcon, Oct 27, 2011.

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  1. Defcon

    Defcon Registered Member

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    During that time, had to reinstall and cleanup a number of computers. I use this approach -

    1. customized Windows install disc, with lots of stuff (like drivers, tablet, speech) removed to make it small, and has latest updates applied to it
    2. OS goes on c:\, user profile on d:\
    3. Most of my apps are portable, and go on d:\Apps
    4. Data on d:\ is backed up regularly, using a sync program to external drive

    Reinstall is very simple. Install OS after wiping c:\ in the installer, then move profile dir to existing d:\ and it picks up all the current data. Then I simply reinstall whatever apps I need, such as security, browsers, development etc.

    I keep installers for some apps around. But most of the time, a newer version is available, or I switch to a different app. It's just not worth it using imaging since my data is secure and OS is easy to restore.
     
  2. bgoodman4

    bgoodman4 Registered Member

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    Each to their own, as long as it works for you thats fine.

    I prefer an image a week and RollBack Rx plus an on-line backup service (up-dated as data changes) for critical data. I sleep better that way.
     
  3. Defcon

    Defcon Registered Member

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    Yes, I didn't mean to say my method was better. I was just spending too much time trying to find the perfect solution and realized my data didn't change that much. When my pc crashed and I had to rebuild, it was surprisingly painless having to reinstall, so I decided to keep things simple.
     
  4. AaLF

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    I've had a couple of half-hearted goes & failed. What program did you use etc?

    Appreciate a link to a Do it yourself web-site.
     
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  6. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    Defcon,

    I'm pleased it works for you. I image twice daily as it would take me weeks to rebuild my system. I restore an image a few times a month for minor software issues. An image was restored yesterday when I couldn't get on the internet after a friend's router messed up my networking.
     
  7. The Seeker

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    After using Image for Windows for a couple of months, I couldn't imagine not having imaging software.
     
  8. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    The Seeker,

    Same here. I've found a new way to restore .tbi images automatically over a WPA2 wireless network using IFL. No boot disk and no cables.
     
  9. The Seeker

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    Yes I saw your post on the TeraByte forums ;)
     
  10. ams963

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    I also love imaging software... I take weekly images with macrium free. It saves me time and hassles....:thumb:
     
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