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 126.96.36.199 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.