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Windows 7: more boot discs

03 Dec 2012   #1

XP windows Professional
 
 
more boot discs

hey is it a good idea to make more than one rescue boot discs maybe 4 or 5 just in case you lose more than one? thanks

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03 Dec 2012   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hello soulfood mate how about and image or two or what I used to do a clone of the whole drive. The clone of course is an exact copy of the drive at the time you make it and I used to (when I had only one good machine) keep that clone and if the working drive conked then it was just a matter of taking it out and flipping in or switching over to the clone.

The alternative is to clone to an extrernal drive then clone back to the old drive when you have cleaned it up. I used to clone every week or when I loaded a lot of apps to keep it up to date (doesn't take long) and I was ready to go.

Macrium is very good for those functions.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download < be careful if the download comes through a mirror site it might have add ons ie Google toolbar. But always worth checking any download site for that matter.
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03 Dec 2012   #3

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I have more than one. I'm a firm believer in Murphy's Law. (If anything can go wrong, it will. And at the most inopportune time.) Not only can a disk get lost, it can get damaged. Or one day your computer just doesn't want to recognize it. Redundancy is good.
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03 Dec 2012   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I have more than one. I'm a firm believer in Murphy's Law. (If anything can go wrong, it will. And at the most inopportune time.) Not only can a disk get lost, it can get damaged. Or one day your computer just doesn't want to recognize it. Redundancy is good.
Absolutely even down to the motherboard crashing if one has the image or better the clone only a matter of getting onto Microsoft and asking for "credit" eh? then just thumping inthe new baord and hooking up the drive.

Just as a by the by I keep an ISO of 7 on a stick too - so much easier than mucking about with CD's.
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04 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Since we are discussing "Tragedy", I have a question. I have never used Windows Backup. Doesn't it store the backup somewhere in Windows? So if your HDD is fried, then your backup is gone also? Surely that can't be the way it works.
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04 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Since we are discussing "Tragedy", I have a question. I have never used Windows Backup. Doesn't it store the backup somewhere in Windows? So if your HDD is fried, then your backup is gone also? Surely that can't be the way it works.
If you have no external media plugged in or a second internal HDD then it will save in Windows.

Otherwise, you can select the location to where you would like to save the backup image at.

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04 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by C-11 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Since we are discussing "Tragedy", I have a question. I have never used Windows Backup. Doesn't it store the backup somewhere in Windows? So if your HDD is fried, then your backup is gone also? Surely that can't be the way it works.
If you have no external media plugged in or a second internal HDD then it will save in Windows.

Otherwise, you can select the location to where you would like to save the backup image at.
OK, I see. It gives you a choice of where to put the backup. That makes sense. Thanks,
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