Quote: Originally Posted by mr pc
oh snap - I did look for ghosting software and am surprised this didn't pop up?!
I didn't want to venture into questionable waters with this kind of thing. Have you or someone you know work with this?
Imaging (or 'ghosting') your HD may seem a little complicated, but is really is quite intuitive these days. Here is a link to a post with several free imaging programs: How to perfectly clone my HD...HELP...
WD also offers a free download (believe it is an Acronis version also). Reading through the thread at the link above may provide some help as well. I myself have used the paid version of Acronis for many years.
You will, however, need another HD (in the system, on a network or external). You cannot place a copy of the disk you are copying on the disk you are copying (if that makes sense...). You must
copy it elsewhere.
If you don't have another disk, well, they are pretty cheap these days. It's not viable to copy the image to optical disk. It takes way too long and is an error prone process. The reality is that you will benefit from having another disk you can keep backups on anyway.