02-02-2009 05:01 AM - edited 02-02-2009 05:03 AM
I have been using Ghost 14 for several months. I recently recommended it to a friend who has purchased a copy to back up his new Dell computer. He asked me to help set up Ghost 14. It appears Dell uses two partitions on the single hard drive. One serves as C: and the other partition holds files to restore the operating system if required. What is the proper way to back up this type of drive with Ghost 14 so that in the event of a catastrophic failure the original hard drive set up could be restored, either on the same size drive or a larger one?
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02-11-2009 12:46 PM
I have a similar setup on my HP laptops at home. I don't know if this is best practice but it works for me.
I set up a one-time backup of the partition containing the manufacturer's restore image. I then make sure this is in a super safe place. No need to keep backing it up, since it doesn't change.
I then setup a reocurring backup on the other partition - and set recovery points so that I'm only backing up incremental changes once the full backup has been performed.
If the entire drive goes bad, I can always restore from the backup of the active partition (the one where my data and applications are). My fallback is the backup of my partition where the restore image is located.
Hope this helps.
02-11-2009 01:35 PM
This is a wonderful article about how the Dell Recovery System works, especially on XP although it touches on VISTA.
Inside the Dell PC Restore Partition
An Exploration by Dan Goodell
Well worth reading.