STRATEGIES FOR IMAGING A FRESH INSTALLATION OF WINDOWS




The reason I wrote this is that I was speaking to an IT person about imaging and he gave me some interesting ideas but also made me realize that for years I was overdoing my restoration.

First thing first… save all files to an external hard drive of some kind… not on your os installation.

Second you need to have a pc that is capable of hardware assisted virtualization and have atleast 2 gigabytes of memory… or at best have memory maxed out.. to what ever the highest value is.

Third upon… upon initial creation of your windows installation use one of the following strategies…

1. You can create two or three partitions and install 2 or 3 copies of your os… one to each partition. This is so that when one fails…not if… but when… it fails… you can be up and running by simply booting to the next copy of windows on your pc…

2. you install you 2 or 3 instances of your os in a virtualization software and then run your windows os from there… if there is a crash then you boot to the next virtualized os and you are up and running.

3. Create an image with drive image xml and store it in a second partition or on a backup computer… or a server or as cd, dvd or blueray… if your os crashes… reinstall…

Now why have all your files somewhere else… and not on your os… ??? If your operating system crashes…. its one less headache to try to restore your files…. now if you want to go one step further… backup your files once a week or however often that you have a need to cd, dvd or blue ray.

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