You really should read up on this. I never knew that ImgBurn
could make disk images. I use it for writing CDs/DVDs. Maybe it
will work, but normally you'd use something you can boot from
a CD that would have more options. I use BootIt. There's also
Macrium and PartImage, if you don't want to pay, and a lot of
people use Acronis. (Personally, I don't think disk imaging is
something to cut corners on. If your backup is not worth spending
a few dollars then you probably don't need backup.)
It's also a good idea to partition: C drive doesn't need to be
the whole disk, and your data doesn't need to be on C drive.
It's easy to keep XP, with all software, between 1 and 3 GB.
My XP images all fit onto a CD. If you just have C drive, with lots
of photos, etc, and it's a total size of, say, 80 GB used, then a disk
image wil probably still be 40-60 GB. You're not going to get that
copied to a DVD. :) It's far better to put data on other partitions
and then back that up to disks separately. I generally write a disk
image to a data partition and then also copy it to CD or DVD.
But, again, this is really something you should learn about a bit
before doing it. There's no sense making disk images if you're not
prepared when you need them.
| I have the installation program for ImgBurn 184.108.40.206 on a USB drive.
| This web page says that ImgBurn will both Create and Restore:
| 'Comparison of disc image software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia'
| Can I use this ImgBurn program to create an image of my hard disk so
| that if and when I need to clobber a virus by reformatting my hard drive
| and reloading XP, IE6 and my bookmarks, I can just write the image file
| over my existing hard drive contents? Will the imaging program do that
| or do I have to do that myself somehow?
| Can I use CD's or does it have to be an "optical" disk? (I understand
| "optical" disk means a DVD disk.) Can I use a USB drive?
| Does it make sense to store the image of my hard drive when it's as
| clean as a whistle ON THAT SAME HARD DRIVE, or in a completely separate
| location, such as a CD or USB drive?
| What I'm thinking is that if I create image disks of my business
| computer and my surfing computer, as long as I keep them separate and
| only use them in their corresponding computer, there still won't be any
| way from a virus to get from one computer to the other.
| You build an ISO image that has never been installed. Using the
| original authentic install disk, Service packs, etc., include current
| drivers, used software, and any possible thing you can think of.
| This is called "slipstreaming", essentially a custom ISO image file.
| Burned to disk / DVD and / or bootable.. Install the OS, execute the
| files in order of necessity, add programs that you own, use, etc.
| Basically you are building an image of "everything you need" for a new
| and clean install.
Creating a custom install disk is very different from disk
imaging, and it's doubtful he could set up his software that
way. With a disk image you have a copy of a partition that
can be written to disk: You copy C drive to a compressed
file and it can be written back -- as C drive and not just
as data. It's fairly easy with the right software and it allows
one to save an exact copy of the drive with everything installed
and configured just as one likes.
What you're talking about is usually done as a way to add
drivers and updates to an install disk. Windows then still needs
to be installed and configured and set up, and all the software
would still need to be installed.