+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 13 of 13
O/S Deployment Thread, Image for Home in Technical; Evening, Bit of a noob question, but i dont know how to go about it for home. In a working ...
  1. #1

    EduTech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reading
    Posts
    4,980
    Thank Post
    158
    Thanked 888 Times in 699 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    265

    Image for Home

    Evening,

    Bit of a noob question, but i dont know how to go about it for home.

    In a working enviroment where you can pay for a system/software to create images for machines no problem

    but where do i stand at home?

    Is there anyway i can make an Image/Recovery CD for my home machines, i use allot of software on my machine at home and when i have to format it it takes hours to get it back to how it should be.

    Is there any opensource/free software that will allow me to create an image that i can put onto a dvd or 2 or 3 so i dont have to start from scratch everytime?

    I do have a server, so would RIS be an option?

    Cheers,

    James.

  2. #2

    Edu-IT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Posts
    6,875
    Thank Post
    393
    Thanked 581 Times in 532 Posts
    Rep Power
    173
    You can pick up Norton Ghost for a reasonable price on eBay.

  3. #3

    Dos_Box's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Preston, Lancashire
    Posts
    9,467
    Thank Post
    524
    Thanked 1,993 Times in 932 Posts
    Blog Entries
    23
    Rep Power
    575
    I use Acronis True Imgage Home. Works a treat too and from an external USB HD.

    Acronis True Image 2009 Home

    Well worth the money, easy to use and comes with pretty good secure disk wiping software on the boot disk

  4. Thanks to Dos_Box from:

    EduTech (30th January 2009)

  5. #4
    somabc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    London
    Posts
    2,337
    Thank Post
    83
    Thanked 388 Times in 258 Posts
    Rep Power
    111

  6. Thanks to somabc from:

    EduTech (30th January 2009)

  7. #5

    tech_guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    That little bit in the middle of Little Old England
    Posts
    8,106
    Thank Post
    1,901
    Thanked 1,340 Times in 739 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    394
    i use driveimage xml and bart pe.

  8. Thanks to tech_guy from:

    EduTech (30th January 2009)

  9. #6

    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Posts
    197
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 32 Times in 18 Posts
    Rep Power
    17
    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I use Acronis True Imgage Home. Works a treat too and from an external USB HD.

    Acronis True Image 2009 Home

    Well worth the money, easy to use and comes with pretty good secure disk wiping software on the boot disk
    Looks good!

    Think I'm going to take a look at this one.

  10. #7

    EduTech's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    Reading
    Posts
    4,980
    Thank Post
    158
    Thanked 888 Times in 699 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    265
    Cheers guys,

    I had looked at Acronis, if the god says its worth the money then i might invest in it

  11. #8

    dhicks's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Knightsbridge
    Posts
    5,498
    Thank Post
    1,185
    Thanked 745 Times in 647 Posts
    Rep Power
    228
    Quote Originally Posted by EduTech View Post
    Is there any opensource/free software that will allow me to create an image that i can put onto a dvd or 2 or 3 so i dont have to start from scratch everytime?
    I use the free and open source SystemRescueCD (which I use at work, too). If I'm setting up a laptop or PC for someone these days I now partition their harddrive up so they have a main Windows partition and a partition with SystemRescueCD on, which allows you to script partimage or DD to do drive images. I've set up a small menu system to let people just choose quick options to save/restore images. If they have a decent sized harddrive it's generally a good idea to give them a backup partition large enough to take several disk images so they have several restore options. Partimage will generally squish up a standard Windows XP install with no software installed into under 4GB of disk space, so one image should easily fit on to a single DVD.

    --
    David Hicks

  12. Thanks to dhicks from:

    tech_guy (31st January 2009)

  13. #9
    dalsoth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Posts
    547
    Thank Post
    190
    Thanked 108 Times in 80 Posts
    Rep Power
    46
    Clonezilla, open source, ugly, but effective. Used many versions of ghost and acronis with issues on one thing or another. Clonezilla just works.

    Tutorial on clonezilla here but to be honest it looks confusing but is pretty straight forward. Just accept all the defaults, choose what you want to backup or restore and then point where from or to. Thats it.

  14. #10
    Crispin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Essex
    Posts
    361
    Thank Post
    76
    Thanked 28 Times in 25 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    probably no help to you, but I got an eval version of server 08 put it on a box and use WDS.

    Good thing is you can rearm server 08 a few times and extend the evaluation period.

    My NM said Ramesys do good deals on licensing for server 08, he said around 60 if I remember correctly. Not bad!

    Everyone should have a home server imo. I have IIS for web files, FTP, remote access, printer sharing, raided network drives, imaging, its great.

    Not a cheap option though of course.

    As others have said I use Acronis, but the enterprise edition. I don't use it for imaging although it does a good job at that. I use it primarily for remote backups which it does really well in a server/client environment. Completely silent aswell. Backs up my home folders on my gaming machine, my downstairs media PC etc. Well worth it.

    I use Acronis True Imgage Home.
    They were giving away this software at BETT, perhaps someone has a spare?
    Last edited by Crispin; 31st January 2009 at 01:11 PM.

  15. #11
    muppet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Oxfordshire
    Posts
    155
    Thank Post
    28
    Thanked 14 Times in 13 Posts
    Rep Power
    19
    Another vote here for Drive Image XML and Bart PE. I also use the Swiss Army Knife plug in for Bart PE to format and partition the drive as required.
    All very simple to use and very effective. I know that there is other stuff out there that is also very good, the best advice I can give is to try each one and decide which you prefer - horses for courses and all that.

  16. #12

    john's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    London
    Posts
    10,439
    Thank Post
    1,468
    Thanked 1,035 Times in 908 Posts
    Rep Power
    299
    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    I use Acronis True Imgage Home. Works a treat too and from an external USB HD.

    Acronis True Image 2009 Home

    Well worth the money, easy to use and comes with pretty good secure disk wiping software on the boot disk
    A vote for this as well, next time i re-do my home PC I will be using my copy I got free from the Acronis stand at BETT One of my best BETT Freebies from this year

  17. #13


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Northamptonshire
    Posts
    4,657
    Thank Post
    350
    Thanked 789 Times in 710 Posts
    Rep Power
    344
    I got a free copy of Acronis on computer active some time ago and it's useful for this kind of thing as others have said.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. [NetRestore] **How to image OS X with NetRestore**
    By Rozzer in forum O/S Deployment
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 12th April 2012, 10:40 AM
  2. [CLOSED] Bug/Error: Image Zoom
    By FN-GM in forum EduGeek.net Site Problems
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 3rd April 2008, 06:25 PM
  3. New Image
    By plock in forum O/S Deployment
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 12th March 2008, 10:42 AM
  4. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 13th January 2008, 11:39 PM
  5. XP Home Printer Sharing to Vista Home Premium
    By link470 in forum Windows
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19th December 2007, 09:36 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •