Msg#: 3104252 posted 12:53 am on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)
I partition my HDD and place Windows on it's own partition. I setup a separate partition for Program Files and install all software there.
From a fresh install I get everything setup the way I want it, download all the latest security patches, defrag everything, and then I'm ready to backup. On my workstations I currently use Ghost and make an image of the drive. I burn this image to DVD so that I always have a clean install to revert to.
Drive image backups have saved me on more than one occasion. With most programs you can restore not only entire disk images, but also individual files and folders. Recommended softwares include Ghost, Acronis, & BootIt Next Generation.
Msg#: 3104252 posted 6:16 pm on Oct 2, 2006 (gmt 0)
Did i understood it right that you are placing windows on its own partition,then program files on another partitition and when you are making a fresh install you are restoring program files as is and thats it?
Msg#: 3104252 posted 12:23 am on Oct 3, 2006 (gmt 0)
C:\ = Windows D:\ = Program Files
I alter the default path for Program Files so that everything automatically installs in D:\. To restore a clean original I would be restoring the images from both the C:\ and D:\ drives. This is because some programs will install themselves in your registry (in C:\) and associate themselves with certain processes, make shortcuts, etc. Not all programs do this and so often simply restoring the Program Files partition will be enough. This sort of setup give you the option to restore one or the other or both. I prefer the flexibility this setup offers.