So I am just about done installing and setting up the Z820. Its time to make a bootable backup. I have a OWC 500GB USB 3 drive for this purpose.
Since this process on the PC is more complex than on the Mac I need a little guidance
1. First it asks for
a. USB Flash
c. Bootable media file (for creating bootable image.)
Which is appropriate for the drive I am using?
2. Then it asks
a. Create a new bootable media. The second and the third options enable to make a clone of previously prepared environments with the option to inject additional drivers if necessary.
Got this one figured out.
3.Then it asks for the path to the WAIK or OEM Preinstallation Kit.
Is this something I need to download or does it come with Win 7
4. Then it asks about connecting to a network.
Im not on one so No Network Support seems to be right.
5. Premount a network is the next option.
I would gues again Do Not Mount Backup Storage is coorect since thee is no network.
6. The next one completely loses me.
The next page allows injection of additional drivers for special storage controllers, network cards, etc. Click Add.
In the opened dialog click Browse to find an .inf file of the required driver or manually set a path to it. In the Driver Details section you can see properties of the selected driver. Click OK when ready.
Here is a classic case why folks prefer OSX to Windows. If I want a bootable clone I just tell the software What to copy Where and its on its merry way.
Is Acronis easier or about the same for this process. I am open to and appreciative of any helpful insight.
* ALTERNATIVE THOUGHT
I have a 4th drive thats not being used. Can I make a bootable clone of my C: drive to my empty F: drive on a regualar basis. And if C: fails, just swop F: into it position in the computer. This works easily on the Mac but not sure about Windows.
The product I use is at http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-linux.htm
Image runs off of a bootable CD via Linux (the Zip you download includes a program to make the bootable CD) and it reads EVERYTHING on the drive, even the hidden registration information, so everything is restored when needed... and you may restore the image to a brand new drive in case of a crash, and not have to re-install anything
Create an image file onto a USB hard drive, then run the bootable program CD to be able to restore from that image file
I have done this... image file to USB hard drive and then from image file to a new internal hard drive... and it works great
The program will also allow you to create your image file over "spanned" DVD's, so you then just put the 1st DVD in the drive and go from there (I have not done this in a long time, once the price of USB hard drives came down, so read the program manual for instructions)
Ive already invested in Paragon so my priority is to see if I can get it to do what I need. Idi really rather not go the bootable CD / Image resotre route. Creating a bootable clone of the C drive that can then clone itself to a new drive I install in the C: position seems more straight forward. But of course my frame of reference is on the Mac where this process is extremely easy and straight forward.
I do appreciate your input though.
I think I just hunted down a program that appeals to my sensibilities (which means it dumbs down the process for stupid editors like me ) .
When I clean a system, I actually prefer to go back to the installation media and let it update from there. That way I know it's grabbing all the latest drivers and patches. Then I grab the programs I want, which again will be the latest.
It might take longer this way, but it always works, it only get's done every two years or so, and I don't have any of the frustrations you're having over this.
Jim, what Im doing is more related to making a bootable clone on my f: drive . That way If the c: drive fails, I can quickly swop this one in its place. That way clients and deadlines dont get screwed up to much.
You are combining steps there. The create bootable media option is for creating a boot media that allows you to boot to the Paragon Host without booting to an OS. That is a separate media. Once you boot to the Paragon host then you can restore an image as you see fit. That is not the way to make a clone bootable though. The Clone option in Paragon is called Disk Copy. Once you clone a drive then it's a mirror of the drive you cloned including boot sector information. This means you don't have to take any further steps to make that cloned drive bootable. Simply select that drive as the boot drive when you want to boot to the clone.
Thanks for the clarification Eric. Would it be wiser to make a clone to my F: drive (installed in the Z820) or to an external drive, in case my C: drive is corrupted or damaged? In the case of corruption or virus would an external drive be safer since its not a part of the system and therefore not exposed to the virus or whatever? In that case I would think I would boot using the external, but need to then clone it to a new internal drive. Im probably not going to use Paragon due to its somewhat complex nature asking me questions I cant answer. I will go with EaseUS Todo Workstation.
Cloning to an External drive is likely not required since you will be using your Mac for office/email. I would just clone to an internal drive. Most of the image backup software out today has very similar core features with just different wizards to get the job done.