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    Help w/ backup, restore, or image drive/disk for recovery

    After searching the forums as well as google, I haven't really come up with any clear cut solution for making a network backup. I need to capture the entire disk in an image, including the MBR. And I need to do it without removing the hard drive.

    WHAT:
    I'd like to be able to back up my entire disk. The most important part of this would be to capture the Master Boot Record to complete a full image for a complete replacement that I could just copy an image to and drop in. This second copy would be used for recovery and perhaps a third for testing purposes as I do not have an identical test machine.

    HOW:
    Over a network. I'd like to be able to remotely backup or restore this disk/image. I have another machine and a spare router that I could put in the garage solely for this purpose. Main concern: Obtaining the MBR as part of the image.

    WHY:
    Currently, I have no backup. Removing the drive is not an option as I would take a backup rather frequently and the drive doesn't come out without significant disassembly of the glovebox.

    SIZE: 80GB drive w/ approx. 50GB full

    OS: I am running XP Pro in the car. Other machines I have run XP as well; however, I am not opposed to using Linux if there is a tool that will meet 100% of my needs. It would just take more time for me to brush up on my *nix commands.
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    you could look into symantec ghost or livestate recovery

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    Ditto. A Ghost network boot disk on CD, Floppy or maybe a USB key. Connect to the router then image to a shared area or a Ghost Cast server.

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    thanks for the replies. and these will let me capture the MBR in the image?
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    Yes and if you install Symantec Ghost on the Car PC you can configure it to shutdown and then restart sending the ghost image on the fly across your network to a specified network share. It is advisable that you keep your MP3 collection on a separate drive or partition if you try this or your image is going to be quite large.

    If you can get hold of a copy of Ghost 2003 or higher this will solve or your needs.

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    thanks for the replies. and these will let me capture the MBR in the image?
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    Be careful with Ghost, its just fried two of my XP installs even though data checks all came up clean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slarty
    Yes and if you install Symantec Ghost on the Car PC you can configure it to shutdown and then restart sending the ghost image on the fly across your network to a specified network share. It is advisable that you keep your MP3 collection on a separate drive or partition if you try this or your image is going to be quite large.

    If you can get hold of a copy of Ghost 2003 or higher this will solve or your needs.
    Awesome. I think I have a copy of Symantec Ghost V9.0, but I guess this is lower than 2003 I thought it was recent, but I didn't see any network options anywhere on this one.
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