Disaser Recovery partition, need expert help.



Can someone steer me in the right direction. I work for a computer company that is wanting to provide a disaster recovery partition on systems shipped. The recovery system need to re-install XP (obviously) but use updated drivers for modems etc.

Will an answer file do this, or what is he best method?. I know a recovery partition can be a little grey in the legal department with MS but I would like some suggestions
Use Drive imaging, that way you're not up a creek if the hard drive goes bad (AND the image file can still be saved to the partition - no worries from microsoft there... it's the image of what's already there). Norton Ghost or PowerQuest's Drive Image will do the trick. You'll need a license for each copy, of course, but I'm sure that's already been considered.


Yea we have considered drive imaging, however as you pointed out a licensing cost will be incurred, any extra cost is trying to be avoided.
You might look into 'unattended installation' procedures. That way you can copy the installation folders (i386 and subfolders) to the recovery partition, create your unattended installation file parameters for loading network protocols, drivers, service packs/hotfixes, etc. Then you could either create a batch file to launch it in dos (I'd make that partition fat32), or create a shortcut to do a windows based installation. The real drawback here is the amount of time it will take to perfect the procedure for each machine... I think multiple licenses of Norton Ghost may turn out to be more cost effective. You may even have that bundled [Norton Ghost] with some of your hardware already, I know it comes with some motherboards.

I think the very best solution is the imaging solution. The only real difficulty with that would be needing a CD burner on each system imaged to write the image to - It would also eliminate the need to take up space on the hard drive.

Whatever you do it's not going to be easy, especially because they're preloaded machines. You'll need to keep good notes on what goes into them (new drivers, software revisions, service packs/hotfixes) if you choose to add those to your disaster recovery partition. It sounds like you may end up dumping everything onto that partition and just going folder to folder to reload the system - I would discourage that vehemently in favor of a simple imaging process because tech support will go insane otherwise.


Are these systems shipping out to customers who purchase the units from you? If so, then you are pretty much stuck with the extra costs of drive imaging like Ghost or Drive Image. Either that or your company could setup a Dial in server and configure boot floppy disks to connect to the RIS server. This would be a giant pain in the an__ .

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