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Using "Image for Windows" on Dell XPS desktop

Hello experts,

I've installed "Image for Windows" 2.91 on a Dell XPS 8700 desktop and wanted to make sure if I'm on the right path.

Installed the following components of the program:

 Components of the program
After installation, these were the components present in the "Start" menu:

Installed Progs
After installation, the programs starts to begin the backup process:

Step 1 (right window popped up after I clicked on "Settings":

Step 1 with Settings
Step 2 - Choosing Partition to Backup:

Step 2 - Choosing Partition to Backup
Step 3 - Choosing Destination to Backup:

Step 3 - Choosing Destination to Backup
Step 4 - Final Settings before Backup:

Step 4 - Final Settings before Backup
Step 5 - PHYLock is waiting for drive writing to Stop:

PHYLock is waiting for drive writing to Stop
Backup Completed Successfully:

Backup Completed Successfully
Backup Stored on the External HDD:

Backup Stored on the External HDD
So far, is everything alright with the Image/Backup creation?

Would appreciate your feedback..Thanks for your time.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
It would appear you are on the right track.. you should test the backup before you rely on it.
The built in Windows Backup works just fine don't know why you needed an add on
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garycaseCommented:
Yes, your backup is fine.    You can confirm that by running Image and choosing "Validate" and then "pointing" to the image and letting it do the validation.

A few notes ...

=>  When you installed it, the only components you actually need are PhyLock and TBIView, although it's also a good time to create your Image for DOS recovery disk.   The other components don't "hurt" anything, however -- they're just things you won't use.

=>  On the Backup Options screen (just before you start the actual backup), I'd check the Validate box, and uncheck the "Log Results to File" box.

=>  I'd image BOTH the System Reserved and the actual C: partition instead of just C:
I think you'll then be asked whether to use a single image file or multiple files ... I'd store them both in a single file.    If you ever need to restore an image, you'll probably just use the C: portion; but if your hard drive was to fail, you'd need both of them.

FWIW, I do NOT agree that the Windows Backup is anywhere near as versatile as Image.   But that's clearly a matter of personal opinion and experience.
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noxchoCommented:
As mentioned by garycase - you omitted MSR partition and this means that if your internal drive fails and you manage to restore from backup - system will not boot.
You need to take backup of entire HDD0 and not a single partition only. Only then will be the backup image full.
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks a lot, David, Gary and noxcho.

1. For creating your Image for DOS recovery disk, I should install "Image for DOS Recovery Disk Trial" right?

Image for DOS
2. Should choose Validate here.. Got it.

Validate
3. Should select both checkboxes under "HD 0".. Ok.

C drive   Recovery Volume
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noxchoCommented:
Actually you have there PE builder which creates recovery CD. No need to use DOS.
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks noxcho..
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garycaseCommented:
Assuming you purchased Image,  it comes with Image for DOS.   You don't need to do anything from within Image for Windows.   Just run the "MakeDisk" utility that came with Image for DOS and create a bootable IFD CD.

After you create it; boot to it once and confirm it boots okay.   You won't need to use it unless you need to restore one of the images you created with Image for Windows.
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noxchoCommented:
#garycase: And DOS will work with USB drives?
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focus15Author Commented:
Oh, I was prompted to create the disk during "Setup".. I wasn't sure how. I just kept hitting "Next"..

These were the screens:

Image for DOS Step 1
Image for DOS Step 2
Image for DOS Step 3
Image for DOS Step 4
Image for DOS Step 5
Image for DOS Step 6
Image for DOS Step 7
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garycaseCommented:
Your Image for DOS setup via MakeDisk worked fine -- but you created an ISO image.   You now need to burn that to a CD.

Alternatively, you could have clicked on your optical drive (on the Select Target screen) and it would have directly burned a CD for you.

noxcho:  r.e. "... And DOS will work with USB drives? "  ==>  Yes, Image for DOS works fine with USB devices.
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks Gary..

So, I don't have to choose anything in the dialog boxes while creating the ISO? Just hitting "Next" would do?

Good to know that I could have created the recovery disk/USB on the fly..
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garycaseCommented:
Just realized that your MakeDisk screens don't appear to be for the GUI version of Image for DOS.

You want to create a bootable CD for the Image for DOS GUI version -- the file to download is the GUI version ... not the CUI version (command line interface).

The GUI version is much simpler for you to use ... the screens are VERY similar to what you see in Image for Windows.
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks Gary.

I downloaded this file from here.

As you said, the dialog boxes were exactly the same.. I didn't post these snaps before:

Video
Res
I wonder what you'd choose for the above boxes.. VESA and 64k 1024 x 768?

Would you leave all the other dialog boxes (snaps in my earlier post) as default?

You were right about it being a little geeky.. Thanks for your time.
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garycaseCommented:
The defaults are fine -- but as I'm sure you can see if you try them both, the GUI version is much nicer :-)
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focus15Author Commented:
Thanks Gary.. I don't even want to mess around with CLI.. :)
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