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Ok, so I just bought a nice laptop from a school. They are upgrading so they were getting rid of old stock. It's got Vista Business. It runs great, but I like to chop up my hard drive into a windows partition and a linux partition. The problem is they didn't include a vista dvd. So is there a way to use the backup and restore center and backup the entire computer so that I could boot off a dvd or usb drive?
Or is it a better bet to use some third party thing that would image the computer?
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You can use Windows Backup and Restore and create an Image. But the best option is to create an Image with third party Tool like Paragon Backup & Recovery free.
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I recommend Clonezilla. After burning the ISO to CD or USB stick (instructions here), follow the Save disk image tutorial at the top of the http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live-doc.php page (the 'restore' tutorial is the next one down from there).
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i use paragon free software for this :   http://www.paragon-software.com/free/      
and for partition work, i use the (free) Bootit-BM : www.terabyteunlimited.com/       
if more info is needed, just ask
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The problem is not clear to me: you would like to install Linux next to vista. So why not shrink the vista partition and boot from the Linux dvd and install to the newly created free space?

If you need a backup of the system "as is", you can use windows backup together with an external hard drive.
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Hi
Depending on the manufacturer of the laptop and that no custom reinstall has been done which deletes all the partitions, check if you have two partitions or a hidden EFI partition in disk management.
You can use the recovery disk creator from the laptop supplier itself .
Example:Toshiba recovery disk creator etc.
What is the manufacturer and model of the laptop that you have ?
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thank you
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