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I would like to create a custom XP recovery partition. I have tried numouers to try and get this to work with no luck.

What I want is to create two partitions. one contains XP and another contains a recovery image.

The way I am doing it right now is createing two partitions then when I take a image of the machine I just place the image on the extra partition and use Imagex to apply it. I want to make it so if a user hits F11 it will boot off the other partition and start the process of loading the image.

I am open to using ghost or win PE and WIM images.
Any help on this would be great
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by:alikaz3
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By far the easiest way to do this is with Acronis True Image. You can install your system, programs, updates, and make an image to your own restore partition (Acronis calls it Acronis Secure Zone). When you make the secure zone it gives you the option to add F11 boot restore functionality (Acronis Recovery Manager/Acronis Active Restore). There is True Image Home, and Echo Workstation, as well as other versions

True Image Home $49:
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/

True Image Echo Workstation $79:
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/ATICW/



I definitely prefer Acronis over Ghost, and trying to do this manually seems to be more trouble than it's worth. I am not sure if True Image Home is valid for corporate users, so if your client is corporate, I would look into that first.
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Do you know of any other way besides acronis?
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There's also Norton Ghost, but I have been steering clear of Symantec for the last..... 5+ years :D
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Do you know or any way to Add the F11 boot option without the use or Acronis or Ghost?
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>>>>>Do you know or any way to Add the F11 boot option without the use or Acronis or Ghost?

I don't know any.... It wouldn't be out of the question to make your own.... but it won't be easy. These programs include IDE/SATA/LAN drivers into them, which is essential to their functionality. There are 2 open source options I found:
Selfimage (cached, site no longer up - courtesy of google):
http://209.85.141.104/search?q=cache:-mVVVN64gU8J:selfimage.excelcia.org/+selfimage&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&client=firefox-a

http://gparted.sourceforge.net/

But I would say Acronis is definitely worth the purchase price. You can give one of these a try though. Good luck!

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