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Bootable CDs for Imaging Hard Drives

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Here's what I'm trying to accomplish:
- Create a bootable CD that spans a 4.5GB image file that can be used as a recovery disk for re-imaging a notebook hard drive.

Current Scenario:
1. Right now, I'm trying to use Roxio Platinum 5.  What options do I need to select???
2. Ever heard of Phoenix ImageCast 4.6 (its an imaging software like Ghost) that creates a .imc extension filename.

Can my current scenario take me to what I need?  What tools are you using to span multiple bootable CDs.
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by:woof-dog
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In the past when I have needed to span accross several CD's the program will prompt (nero) will prompt me to insert a new CD when needed.

For the price for Cd's these days just give it a go and see what it does.  
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by:vacerose
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I haven't heard of ImageCast, but I am using Acronis TrueImage PC and Server versions and it works great.
http://www.acronis.com/products/trueimage/
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by:selvan777
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Like woof-dog, I'm using Acronis True Image, works flawlessly for me.  I used Ghost for many years but found that, unlike Ghost, Acronis recognized my USB 2 PCMCIA card which saved me hours doing a complete backup and/or restore to an external USB2 HDD (Ghost=8hrs on USB 1.1 / Acronis=1hr on USB 2).
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by:selvan777
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Oops, I meant "Like vacerose, ..."
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by:exhaust
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Woof-Dog,  Well the possiblity of wasting CDs is not of any concern to me.  I will give Nero a shot and keep you guys posted.  

For the meantime, keep the ideas coming!!!
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by:DABOMB
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One thing you might run into is the program you used to create this monster of an image might not recognize that the image has been split by another program when you burn it. This may or may not cause an error when attempting to reload. The best way to be sure that your software prompts for the next disk would be to burn directly from it. (like Ghost does. auto-splitting the cd's and adding headers telling itself that there is another cd to look for) Or look for an option that tells it to limit the file size to 650-700MB.

A quote from the acronis site under "How can I use Acronis True Image 8.0 to write the images directly to DVD disks?" :

There is also a two-step method for writing to DVDs. Acronis True Image 8.0 can create an image of the hard disk as a single file on the hard disk itself, and then you can copy the file using your own DVD-writing software to the DVD. We recommend you to set the image archive splitting size to 2 GBytes on the Image Archive Splitting screen, as generally the maximum size of a file stored on DVD is 2 GBytes. The Acronis rescue disk will also be able to restore this file from the DVD if necessary.

This shows that there is a file splitting size, when you generate your image, split it to the size of a cd and then burn all the individual files.

-D
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by:selvan777
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I could use those points if no one else cares and if the asker doesn't close.
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