Gain some understanding

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by ZipTriX, Dec 20, 2001.

  1. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    It's in regards to backup. I'm kind of lost. I know it sounds wierd. I'm running XP Home, and it doesn't come preinstalled with the Backup utility (have to install it off the disc). Well I install it, ran it and saved the backup file on my 2nd hard drive. Well the files size is 1.32 GB and everything on my C Drive is 3.18 GB. Did it compress the 3.18 GB?
    The reason I am asking, is because I ran a program and it mucked up my system. Ran it 3 times, rebooted and got the same error. Something about a file in the Windows\System32\Config\System folder. I have no idea. I had system resotre points too, but they did no good. I couldn't boot into Windows OR into Safe Mode to do the restoration. I even inserted the CD and went to the recovery console and that was a waste of time. So each time I have had to reinstall everything. I just need some understanding on the Backup utility (like what all it backs up) and Automated System Recovery. Any direction to understanding and creating a successful backup would be great.
     
  2. Goose

    Goose Guest

    Ok it backs up your files But, its not the same as a disk image.
    If you have to restore your system you have to reinstall everything from the cd,s, and the back up is only good for say Word files, or game saves.
    There are other programs which let you restore everything including system files.
    one is called Norton Ghost
    hope this has helped
     
  3. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    which is better, ghost or powerquest drive image?
     
  4. noah472

    noah472 Guest

    Dont use power quest drive image pro 4.0 as it can (and does)screw your o/s... been there done that..... if you do choose this one then make sure that it is the latest version and that it def dont mind XP, I have a copy if Norton ghost but have never managed to get very far with it... maybe its me or just because...............
     
  5. noah472

    noah472 Guest

    Just checked the power quest site and they no longer produce drive image pro, they have renamed it to deploy centre and can be found on the link below, it look quite good and says that its designed for win XP,



    http://www.powerquest.com/deploycenter/

    would be interested to know how you get on,

    :)
     
  6. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    They still make Drive Image. Version 5 is out and compatible with XP

    Drive Image Link
     
  7. Ritchie

    Ritchie Guest

    Norton rocks the kazbar, but backup under XP is supposed to be close.

    I have not verified this works, but in backup if you select to backup everything (litterally everything - system state, games, appz everything on hd's etc) it offers to write an "ASR" disk - automatic system recovery.

    If you put the backup file somewhere safe and keep this disk you can (in theory) restore the system a' la ghost. If all goes south, slap in original XP disk, press F2 <- NOT F6 when prompted and slap in the floppy ASR disk. From this point it's an unknown to me as i haven't tried it, but it apparently reinstall's XP from cd then launches the restore process from the backup file restoring all apps games/settings etc!!

    pretty sweet *IF* it works ;)

    Ritchie.
     
  8. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    ASR is ONLY for Pro Edition
     
  9. Ritchie

    Ritchie Guest

    poo. never noticed the "home" in XP ;) i always just read XP!
     
  10. ZipTriX

    ZipTriX Guest

    lol....neither did I til I bought it. People kept saying there wasn't a big difference between the 2, but there is. :( You would think microsoft would include the gpedit.msc with the Home Edition. Go figure :(
     
  11. Ritchie

    Ritchie Guest

    Not if it doesn't appear in their business plan you wouldn't :cool: