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    How to Create a Vista Backup Recovery Disk for Free
    Vista Backup Recovery Disks

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    How to Create a Vista Backup Recovery Disk for Free

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    This will show you how to create a complete drive image backup for when you have the Vista Home Basic or Home Premium editions that do not include the Back Up Computer utility. You can use this on the other editions if you did not want to use the Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore Image Utility feature included in these editions though.
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    It seems many in the Forum are having an issue with corruption either of the User account and/or Windows that may be a result of Malware and/or User error, and suddenly find themselves without the means to fix or re-install Windows Vista.

    This is equivalent to a "OEM factory Image restore/recovery disk".


    If your system is up and running without issue, or you plan to upgrade your hard drives in the future, be proactive and create your own Vista O/S Recovery Disk now. For those even with a Vista DVD, and/or a Recovery Partition the time saved in means of Driver and Program re-installation is a fraction of what it would take you to painstakingly reinstall Windows/Updates/drivers/Programs in the event of unrecoverable failure or error.
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    What is required:
    • Healthy Vista Installation
    • An external USB Hard Disk Drive at least 250GB (recommended) or Multiple CD-RW/CD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-R/BD-RE/BD-R Disks


    Here is How:
    1. Download and install Paragon's free disk imaging software Drive Backup Express.
    NOTE: This will create a bootable recovery image of your entire hard drive and partitions. If you have a Vista Ultimate, Business, or Enterprise edition, then you can use the Windows Complete PC Backup and Restore Image Utility feature included in these editions instead.

    2. Set up the Vista File Backup Utility to backup weekly or perform your own manual backup.
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    HOW IT WORKS:
    In the event of catastrophic failure, boot into the Recovery Media created when you made the disk image, and reinstall, then restore all files changed since image was created through the Vista File Backup Utility.

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    Thanks ! I have been looking for the means to do this.

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    How do you get to the boot into the Recovery Media?

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    Hello Venom,

    I updated that area a bit to help clarify it more, but you would just place the recovery media (Ex: USB key, DVD) created during the backup and restart the computer to boot from it.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    Great thanks brink, would a 16GB flash drive work?

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    Quote Originally Posted by venom762 View Post
    Great thanks brink, would a 16GB flash drive work?
    definitely

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    I have just updated the tutorial with the free Paragon Hard Disk manager 9.5 SE full version
    note- there is no telling how long this will be available, get it while you can.

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    Good stuff. Thanks!

    Al

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    So the main difference is that the program on the top of the page copies your entire PC including your personal Media,pics,program files.

    The basic Backup on Home Premium only copies personal data, so lets say if my I get a virus I could use the factory image restore and reload all my backup data at once.

    If I use the program listed if does the entire PC.

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    Re: Vista Backup Recovery Disks

    is this freeware or trial/demo/share ??

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