7504Re: [NTO] benefits of disk imaging?
- Oct 2, 2006Dean
Most people have no more than half a dozen "must have" applications. I'd
rather go through the relatively mild pain of reinstalling those on a
nice new clean system, than any method that involves reusing the old
system on a new machine. As far as data is concerned, you can easily
network the old system with the new system and simply copy your files
What *is* well worth doing is to take an image snapshot of your new
system (a) before you do anything to it and (b) as soon as you are
comfortable that you have a stable configuration complete with your
favourite applications. That way you can easily get back to a working
system, should anything untoward happen. My personal favourite imaging
tool is a toss up between BootitNG and Image for Windows, available
separately or bundled at http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/
Something else worth considering if you expect to be doing a few XP
installs/updates (e.g. updating your new system, and refreshing or
rebuilding your old system) is the excellent Autopatcher
(http://www.autopatcher.com/) and once you have a full Autopatcher base
you can easily keep it up to date with a small monthly supplemental
download. If, for example, you had occasion in 6 months time to restore
to the snapshot you took in (b) above, it would be a matter of minutes
with Autopatcher to bring that system back up to full currency. It also
means you can switch off Microsoft's automatic update system which will
save you many unexpected downloads and reboots and avoids the risk of MS
installing something they think is good for you (e.g. Windows Genuine
Advantage) without your say so.
Regards, John M
----- Original message -----
From: "Dean Martineau" <dean92@...>
Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 07:05:06 -0700
Subject: [NTO] benefits of disk imaging?
I will be buying a new computer soon, running xp pro. I would love
to minimize the agonizing re-install of all my favorite apps and
their settings. I have the impression that there is no way around
this, but can some of it be lessened by imaging the curent hard drive
and restoring all or part of its contents to the new system?
thanks for any wisdom.
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