JorgeA Posted August 14, 2012 Share Posted August 14, 2012 (edited) Well, I thought I finally had a handle on this business of "disk cloning" and "disk imaging," when I saw these two posts by @jaclaz and @submix8c in another thread:You NEVER, and I mean NEVER image a disk/volume that is in use (unless you use Shadow Copy services).Hmmm... you can't clone a "running" XP. No way. HIVES are actively being accessed.So... there is a lot of well-known and -respected third-party software out there that promises to do "bare metal" or "complete system image" backups of your boot drive, such that in case of a HDD failure you can re-image the backup (typically from a USB-connected external HDD) to a new internal primary drive. In the cases I'm thinking of, these software packages create their backup images from within Windows.But if I understand what jaclaz and submix8c are saying, then it is not correct to say that these software packages will restore your system to working condition in case of a catastrophic HDD failure. Are these vendors deceiving buyers? What's the deal? And if jaclaz and submix8c are right, then what is the proper, step-by-step procedure for creating an all-encompassing, thorough, full, complete, comprehensive, total, all-inclusive, bootable and working OS drive backup that you can use to re-create your system in such catastrophic failures?Or is the issue, perhaps, that they're talking about XP and older versions of Windows, whereas the vendors' promise does hold true for Vista and Windows 7?I've read about this topic in Wikipedia, and I'm no closer to understanding jaclaz and submix8c's point than I was before I started. Not terribly helpful encyclopedia articles, at least when it comes to the point our MSFNers are making.Enlightenment is welcome. --JorgeA Edited August 14, 2012 by JorgeA Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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