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  1. #1
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    Oct 2001


    i jst like to ask how to make a CD that will do all the job after formatting, like one of those in branded PCs (for ex. Compaq's QuickRestore) I want to make my own customize restore CD. How can I do that?

    Thanks in advance...
    \"Knowledge is the beginning of something you don\'t know.\"

  2. #2
    Why? After formatting just stick in your Windows disk....

    What version of Windows are you running? You'll find that you probably have a restore feature already.

  3. #3
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    Oct 2001
    im usin windows XP pro but i dont like their restore thingy... i want like one of those Copaqs QuikRestore... bec. all of my drivers and other stuff will be installed automatically...
    \"Knowledge is the beginning of something you don\'t know.\"

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    AO Curmudgeon rcgreen's Avatar
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    Nov 2001
    My Compaq restore disk was made by Norton Ghost.
    With a program like that, I guess you could get your
    system just the way you want it, and then creat your
    rescue CD that will completely restore the system.

    The advantage of this approach is that it is a lot
    faster thad doing a manual install from the windows CD.
    Also, some of us never got a windows CD with our
    computers, just the restore CD from the manufacturer.

    There may be other programs out there besides
    Norton Ghost, that will do the same thing. It's how
    manufacturers build their computers. They build one
    prototype, install all the OS and software, get everything
    set up. Then they clone the hard drive with some
    program that will duplicate that installation. Otherwise
    it would take forever to install all that stuff.
    I came in to the world with nothing. I still have most of it.

  5. #5
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    ok... but how will i do that... can you give me the steps or a site where i can find how to do that stuff...

  6. #6
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    Jul 2002
    If you decide to buy Norton Ghost, you can refer to this online tutorial that will take you through everything step-by-step: http://ghost.radified.com/ghost_1.htm

    Hope this helps.

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    Senior Member roswell1329's Avatar
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    Jan 2002
    After you make an image with an image utility like Norton Ghost or IC3, then you need to create a bootable CD with your HD image, and the floppy disk image that the imaging utility will have you create. With both images on the bootable CD, it should walk you right through a HD restore.
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    The Iceman Cometh
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    Aug 2001
    I agree with everyone that Norton Ghost is the way to go. You can find information regarding the program HERE. The Home/Retail User edition will cost less and probably be easier to use for someone who is unfamiliar with using it First set up your computer exactly how you want it (with Windows and all the drivers and programs you need installed) and then simply run Ghost to make an image of it.


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    Senior Member Ouroboros's Avatar
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    Nov 2001
    Superior, WI USA
    The only con to creating a restore disc of your own that I can think of is that it doesn't allow you any flexibility to upgrade, unless you update your restore disc everytime that you update a driver, install a new peripheral, etc.
    Forinstance, the computer that I use has a restore disc that is absolutely useless to me, since I have replaced the processor, video card, sound card, modem, CD-ROM, have upgraded DirectX along with many other processes, and flash updated the BIOS multiple times. (Not to blow my own horn, but this computer can blow away most middle priced systems that are advertised, and it's 4 years old.)
    If you feel that you can keep up with your improvements to your system and create a new restore disc every time, more power to you and good luck.

    "entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem"

    "entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity."

    -Occam's Razor

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