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Creating HDD Image/Archive

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by charmol, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. charmol

    charmol Junior Member

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    Hey folks, a quick question.

    I'm going to upgrade my OS from Vista to Win7 (a long overdue change TBH), but I want to do a clean install And keep my files.

    Question: What is the best [free] software to use which can image my current HDD as an archive that I'll be able to extract the files I want once my new OS is installed?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    ~|ChaRoN|~
     
  2. Coldjin

    Coldjin Newbie

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    ImageX - then mount the .wim file and you can browse the image in the folder view. Very easy and quick. If you need help let me know.
     
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  3. charmol

    charmol Junior Member

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    Thanks dude, I'll check it out :) been meaning to upgrade for ages but its such a hassle I've been putting it off.

    Now my OS is completely f#¬Ęk3d and I'm unable to repair, I'm finally taking the plunge lol :D

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  4. charmol

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    I have a question about ImageX...My HDD is split into two partitions, will it image the whole disc or will I need to create an image of each separate part.

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    I would recommend Easus TO-DO Backup. It works great and is free ;) I have used it a lot and it is just wonderful
     
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    Just download Acronis True Image 30 day trial. You can select partitions that you want to back up. If the OS don't boot you can make a bootable CD or USB with acronis and do a backup.
    Or just download Ubuntu and make a bootable USB or CD. Then just copy files to another hard drive or whatever.
     
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  7. charmol

    charmol Junior Member

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    Hey, thanks for the options...My OS does boot but some of the system files have become corrupted, and I don't know which ones and I can't run the built in SFC, I'm just after a quick-and-easy way to rip my HD onto my external so that I can just format the damn thing :).

    I have a few different choices now and I'm going to give it a shot.

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    You have to captuer both partitions. Imagex will not capture the entire disk unfortunatly.
     
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    Thats cool, I'm giving EaseUS a shot that someone else suggested, couldn't find out how to download imageX from the MS website...you'd think it would just be built into the OS but no..lol. And what can I say, I'm a sucker for a GUI :p

    Hopefully this works out, if not ImageX will be my next bet.

    Thanks for all the replies guys, and wish me luck installing the new OS...knowing my luck and my previous experience with MS, my laptop will melt or something :eek:

    ~|ChaRoN|~