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How to make Automated System Recovery  backup on a CD or DVD?

Posted on 2005-03-13
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How can I make an Automated System Recovery backup on a CD?
Would a CD have enough space?

ASR sets should be created on a regular basis as part of an overall plan for system recovery in case of system failure. ASR should be a last resort in system recovery, used only after you have exhausted other options such as Safe Mode Boot and Last Known Good. for more information about other recovery options, see Startup Options

Automated System Recovery (ASR) is a two part system recovery, ASR backup and ASR restore. The backup portion is accomplished through the ASR wizard located in Backup. The wizard backs up the system state, system services and all disks associated with the operating system components. It also creates a floppy containing information about the backup, the disk configurations (including basic and dynamic volumes) and how to accomplish a restore.

The restore part is accessed by hitting F5 when prompted in text mode potion of setup. ASR will read the disk configurations from the floppy and restore all of the disk signatures, volumes and partitions on, at a minimum, the disks required to boot up. (It will attempt to restore all of the disk configurations, but under some circumstances, it may not be able to). ASR then installs a simple installation of and automatically starts a restore from backup using the backup created by the ASR wizard.

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This page has a very complete description of all you need to know, complete with screen shots:


And, from a quotation on that page:

By default drive A:\ will be selected, but for obvious reasons this isn't a good choice. You want to change the location to another disk-location. The backup will typically be around 1.5-2.0GB (but could be more, depending on the amount of software installed), and since Microsoft's backup won't "span" a backup across multiple CDs, you'd have to find another media to store this backup on. You could use anything from ZIP or Jazz drives, to a second hard disk drive, either internal or external. Please note: you can't save the backup to the system drive (usually drive C:\), since this drive will be formatted when you do an ASR restore.

So you probably won't be able to use a single CD.

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