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Quick one this, also LR related as the PC in question will be used in the Landy :P

I have an HD which is partitioned & one partition is encrypted, now I need to keep the contents of that lot backed up in a totally restorable way (partitions, encryption, the lot) but would like to be able to basically format the drive & re-use it.

Can anyone recommend a free program to take a complete image of it and save it?

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Quick one this, also LR related as the PC in question will be used in the Landy :P

I have an HD which is partitioned & one partition is encrypted, now I need to keep the contents of that lot backed up in a totally restorable way (partitions, encryption, the lot) but would like to be able to basically format the drive & re-use it.

Can anyone recommend a free program to take a complete image of it and save it?

If you Google Hiren's Boot Disk you should be able to dl for free a complete kit of disk utilities that can run from DOS or within Windoze. Just have to copy it all to a bootable CD, fairly easy really.

It includes programs like Acronis True Image, Norton Ghost, various partition managing tools too. I have this on a disk at work, if you get stuck I'm sure I could copy it to somewhere you could dl from.

I can recommend True Image :)

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Best advice here is to decrypt the encrypted partition first. Software like HDclone don't always do a sector-by-sector copy, and if they don't do that then you're stuffed with the encryption.

(of course, if your encrypted volume is a container file then that should still work fine).

Sounds very risky to me however, as your eggs are out of the basket while you build a new basket. Or to put it another way, clone it to another HD, borrow a USB from a friend, backup anything you don't want to lose before etc etc..

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I've used one called HDCLONE, Google for it. IIRC it runs in exec mode, ie no operating system required.

Picky I know.

Exec mode IS the Operating System. Windows is not an OS.

If it runs from a Boot disk then the minimal OS is loaded into memory before you can start.

Picky off now.

Marc.

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Picky I know.

Exec mode IS the Operating System. Windows is not an OS.

If it runs from a Boot disk then the minimal OS is loaded into memory before you can start.

Picky off now.

Marc.

Depends how old you are and who's computers you've worked on in the past.

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