Larry Kost wrote:
> Does anyone know if the option for Win XP backup of "All Information on
> this Computer" could be used to recover a fatal disk crash. I mean
> you put in a new drive and use this like an image of the original
> drive? I
> made one of these backups of a disk which had about 4 gig used but the
> backup file (on another drive) was only about 3 gig. Just wondering if
> this is a "free" alternative to things like Ghost or True Image.
> Larry Kost
Sort of, but not really.
The included backup software CAN make a full backup of the filesystem,
and also will backup so-called "system state" information (such as open
registry files and other critical systems files which normally cannot be
read while the system is running).
If you want to do a full system restore (for disaster recovery), you
will need to re-install the operating system, then bring it up to the
same Service Pack/patch level as the failed install. At that point you
can perform a full restore over the "temporary" XP installation. This
is how most server disaster recovery software works. It is time
consuming and irritating, but also effective.
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