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Create restore partition on my harddrive

I'd like to know how to create a restore partition of my operating system on myhardrive like the new computers have. Is there a way to do this, and if so how?

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Hi there.
Click on the start menu and click on all programs, click on accessories and then system tools, in the list at or near the bottom you will see system restore, click on that, a window will pop and in the box click on create a restore point and click on next, just name your restore point and follow the on-screen instructions.

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Posted on May 20, 2009

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    Lee Hodgson May 20, 2009

    Sorry disregard my previous post

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    Lee Hodgson May 20, 2009

    Hi there again.
    Creating a recovery partition is a difficult thing to do and may cost you money.
    For the best results, start with a fresh install of Windows, then load your applications, utilities, and drivers.
    Make sure to install all the latest updates as well, especially for Windows and your security software.
    Finally, tweak your system so it's exactly the way you like it: video resolution, wallpaper, the works.

    Create The Partition
    Fire up PartitionMagic (or a similar utility) and create a partition with enough available space to hold Windows and your apps.
    Ten gigabytes should be ample for most users (remember, the backup image will be compressed), but consider making it larger if you have a lot of programs installed or storage space to burn.
    Unless you're going to dual-boot with Windows 9x, which can't read NTFS, NTFS is the right file system.
    As for the partition type, the active partition is the one that boots the system. You need to create a logical drive (that is, one you can assign a drive letter), which will live in an extended partition—the app takes care of that part.



    0ptions, Options
    Unless you're going to dual-boot with Windows 9x, which can't read NTFS, NTFS is the right file system. As for the partition type, the active partition is the one that boots the system.
    You need to create a logical drive (that is, one you can assign a drive letter), which will live in an extended partition—the app takes care of that part.



    Set Up Ghost
    Run Ghost (or a similar utility) to create a new backup. Don't bother with scheduling, as this particular backup is a one-time-only affair.
    Disabling your virus checker prior to starting the backup is a good idea; AV can gum up the works.



    Schedule Backups
    Incidentally, take advantage of Ghost's backup schedules to update your backup incrementally every week or so. That way, you'll always be sure of having the latest applications, system updates, and settings when the time comes to restore.
    If you're using an external hard drive, make sure to leave it on and plugged in. For the record, this really isn't a substitute for off-site or off-PC backups, especially if the partition is on the same hard drive as your data and programs.
    If the drive goes south, you are out of luck.



    Recover
    To use the recovery partition, make sure you've backed up all your vital data to another drive or removable media, then boot your PC with the Ghost CD loaded in the optical drive.
    You'll then be able to restore from the partition to your primary drive, resulting in a ready-to-roll PC with all your apps, drivers, and settings loaded.



    Partition Magic here >>>>>>

    http://www.soft32.com/Download/free-tria...

    Norton Ghost here >>>>>>

    http://www.brothersoft.com/norton-ghost-...

    Please let me know if you succeed with this method and the best of luck.

    Thanks for using FixYa!!


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