Can I image my hard drive with an MS utility, and where would I find it?

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    nsharazer Guest

    Can I image my hard drive with an MS utility, and where would I find it?

    Box Emachine T5224
    PS Antec Earthwatts 500
    Software Diskeeper 2008 Home Edition
    Office 2007 Small Business
    Norton Internet Security 2009
    OS Windows Ultimate Upgraded after fresh install of
    Windows Home Premium from restore partition on Machine
    PCIe VGA PNY GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit PCI-E 2.0 DirectX 10
    SLI Video Card
    Memory 2GB Kingston DDR PC-6400 Hyper-X 2*1 GB 800 MHz RAM
    SATA HD 2 X Western Digital WD2500JS
    DVD Burner 2 X HP DVD Writer 1040r
    Monitor Hp vs17



    Other machines

    Acer 5135 160 GB Sata HD , (changed from factory 60 GB), 2 GB 667 MHz DDR
    2 Kingston Memory, Laptop to be upgraded from Vista Basic to Vista Ultimate
    and have Office reinstalled.

    HP Pavilion a705w 300 GB IDE HD (changed from factory 60 GB), 1 GB RAM XP
    Home edition

    I want to completely redo my home machine and Image the HD when done due to
    problem with activation of office.


    On the e-machines box IE keeps locking up after the upgrade and throwing a
    slew of red Xs in the reliability monitor. I am tired of this, and now the
    machine boots really slowly. I have the system restore disabled, and I
    defrag my hard drives with Diskeeper 2008 and keep my hard drive free of
    trash. The problem is that I have installed office 2007 on my other two
    machines and have activated it about 5 or 6 times because of upgrades to
    hardware and equipment that I have made, and had to reinstall the OS and
    all applications including office. When I installed Office the last time, I
    had to activate it by phone and Outlook doesn't function. Now, I am stuck
    with a Vista Ultimate upgrade that has been activated, which is fixing to be
    uninstalled because it is really frustrating me. I paid for Office 2007 and
    Vista Ultimate. I want to use office on the three machines that I have, and
    put Ultimate on another machine (a laptop). What is going to happen when I
    reinstall Ultimate and try to put it on the machine I want to use it on now
    (the laptop) and try to activate both of them? If I can't do this because
    of hardware upgrades, specifically changing to larger hard drives in the
    laptop and both my other computers, I am going to be really mad. Also,
    there is no way in Vista to do a backup and be able to restore the stuff
    (applications and the OS) on a larger hard drive like the XP Backup does
    which is
    really frustrating

    I need to make images, so I can stop reinstalling the OS without activating
    it and Office and stop activating that as well. Please keep it simple.
     
    nsharazer, Dec 31, 2008
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    Bender Guest

    Using Vista Ultimate you can do a full backup and that does an image.
     
    Bender, Dec 31, 2008
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  3. Use a decent third party application to do this. As you will need an
    external device to back up to, you might want to consider getting an
    external 'one touch' backup device which is supplied with backup software..


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