Solved

How to make a bootable recovery CD/DVD

Posted on 2009-07-04
11
394 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-02
I am looking for a way to make a bootable recovery CD or DVD for an individual machine.

I want to be able to manually install windows (XP or Vista), plus drivers, a few applications etc then create an image of the machine and somehow make that a single bootable CD / DVD for recovery purposes to the exact state the machine was at the time the recovery media was created.

I am not interested in bootable floppy or USB pen drive methods or anything that requires a huge amount of time to create the entire process (understandably the image creation and image burn takes time).
0
Comment
Question by:DanoliSolutions
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • +1
11 Comments
 

Expert Comment

by:Lolash
ID: 24777376
Download the software from the following site:

http://www.nliteos.com/index.html

The nlite software can create a bootable windows XP disc that can include drivers, product key & user information.

Hope this helps
0
 

Expert Comment

by:Lolash
ID: 24777381
For windows vista you will need vlite, a link can be found from this site, i haven't used vlite but i think you will have to download something to go with vlite but the site will guide you
0
 
LVL 5

Author Comment

by:DanoliSolutions
ID: 24777398
I am not sure you understand my question.

I want a recovery IMAGE, the drivers, product keys etc are already in it. I use Acronis to create an image snapshop but this cannot be made bootable (as far as I know) it requires an Acronis boot CD as the initial boot.
0
 

Expert Comment

by:Lolash
ID: 24777417
http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp

This is a suggestion and it's free
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:dbrunton
ID: 24777893
Commercial software

Norton Ghost http://www.symantec.com/themes/ghost/index.jsp
Acronis True Image http://www.acronis.com/ (recommended by experts here)
0
VMware Disaster Recovery and Data Protection

In this expert guide, you’ll learn about the components of a Modern Data Center. You will use cases for the value-added capabilities of Veeam®, including combining backup and replication for VMware disaster recovery and using replication for data center migration.

 
LVL 5

Author Comment

by:DanoliSolutions
ID: 24779193
I was under the impression that Acronis did not make a single disk 'bootable' recovery image?
I thought it was just an image that required an additional boot cd to start the process?
0
 
LVL 48

Expert Comment

by:dbrunton
ID: 24780012
Apologies.  I am misreading your question.  Acronis is a two step process.
0
 
LVL 5

Author Comment

by:DanoliSolutions
ID: 24784255
Does anyone have a 1 step solution?
0
 
LVL 48

Accepted Solution

by:
dbrunton earned 100 total points
ID: 24784455
You can use Ghost to create the image and then create a bootable CD/DVD with Ghost and the image on it.

You then boot from the CD/DVD and use Ghost to restore the image.
0
 
LVL 63

Expert Comment

by:SysExpert
ID: 24810229
:dbrunton is correct.

I think that if you have a DVD burner on the machine you are imaging, then it may be a single step.
Check the Symantec Ghost Solution Suite evaluation on Symnatec site.

 
I hope this helps !
0

Featured Post

Give your grad a cloud of their own!

With up to 8TB of storage, give your favorite graduate their own personal cloud to centralize all their photos, videos and music in one safe place. They can save, sync and share all their stuff, and automatic photo backup helps free up space on their smartphone and tablet.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Hubic: real life experience? 5 52
How much extra disk space I need for sql backup? 7 76
File "Archiving" 5 58
Raid 5 11 67
Storage devices are generally used to save the data or sometime transfer the data from one computer system to another system. However, sometimes user accidentally erased their important data from the Storage devices. Users have to know how data reco…
This article is an update and follow-up of my previous article:   Storage 101: common concepts in the IT enterprise storage This time, I expand on more frequently used storage concepts.
This tutorial will walk an individual through locating and launching the BEUtility application to properly change the service account username and\or password in situation where it may be necessary or where the password has been inadvertently change…
This tutorial will walk an individual through configuring a drive on a Windows Server 2008 to perform shadow copies in order to quickly recover deleted files and folders. Click on Start and then select Computer to view the available drives on the se…

895 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

16 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now