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Hello,
I’ve spent the last two hours looking at questions and comments regarding ISO files and disk images.  I am backing up my system partition on an AMDXP box running Win2000 Pro.  I have two 160 Gig drives with 2 Gig of Ram.  My OS is on an 8 Gig partition, with three other partitions of 16 Gig each to alternate backups.  The plan is to image each days OS onto one of the backup partitions, and at the end of the week (5-day) create a DVD of the last day, and then clean all the other partitions and start fresh on Monday.  I was planning to use Ghost or WinImage to create the backup images on the backup partitions.  Also, I want to use WinImage to make an ISO for the DVD of the last day’s data.  
For my questions:  Is the concept correct?  The image S/W will build a single image file of the OS partition that can be saved on one of the backup partitions?  Likewise, an ISO file can be created and the image of the OS can be placed in the ISO file, and then burned to a DVD?  It is also my understanding that any of the disk images maybe loaded back to the OS partition for a quick rebuild of the OS.  I assume the ISO file can be extracted to a backup partition, and then loaded back to the OS partition.  
I also believe Ghost operates in DOS, but I’m not sure about WinImage.  Finally, booting Win2000 to a DOS prompt, can the four floppy disk set be used for this, or can a CD be created to accomplish this?
I know this is a long question, but we’ve had numerous discussions about saving the OS and having an standard copy available at the beginning of each week.  Thanks for the help. R814
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The thoery sounds good.

I've never seen WinImage so can't help on that but Ghost creates GHS files, not ISO.  You can select what partition or disk you want to image in Ghost and store it to another disk. I'm not 100% sure you can save it to the same disc though, so you will have to try.  Then it would only take about 30mins to 1 hour to restore you OS as it was.

Ghost does operate in DOS and therefore can take an image with no files being locked. It has a Ghots Boot Disk facility that creates the boot disk for you so you don't need to use the 2000 Recovery Disks - they wouldn't work in this scenario anyway.

I think you can also use Nero to do a system backup and burn it to ISO files but again I've never used that facility.
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