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There are lots of ways to restore systems, but since I've been experimenting with the FalconFour 4.5 live CD here's one to consider.http://falconfour.wordpress.com/2011/03 ... cdusb-4-5/
Ensure you have proper licenses for any proprietary software referenced herein.
I installed XP on a test PC, updated it and downloaded various progs without installing them (so if they are superseded I can choose not to install them) to the Desktop.
The default settings for the FalconFour Ghost automatically splits the image into CD-sized chunks. That's cool even when using a DVD because if they are all in the same directory they work seamlessly. I Ghosted to a USB DVD burner since the test PC CD drive was occupied. You can Ghost to USB key, another partition, or wherever you like.
I went to my Ubuntu machine, and opened the FalconFour CD image using isomaster (listed in the software center). Opening an image allows you to remove and insert files and folders. You should then save the new iso under a different name so as not to disturb your original.
Of course there are plenty of .iso tools for Windows:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison ... e_software
I added the (three in my case) .GHO files TO the .iso then booted it in Virtualbox to test . Ghost saw the files so all was good. I burned the .iso (now too big for a CD) to DVD.
So long as your restore image fits on a DVD you can do it that way. If you install FalconFour to make a USB drive bootable you can store any size image you can fit.
The result is a very featureful computer rescue toolkit with multiple operating systems (PE, Linux, DOS, etc) including a restore image. Your reinstall disc is also your troubleshooting and file rescue disk. You can do all the .iso manipulation and burning easily on a Windows machine, but since my downloads etc are on my Ubuntu laptop I used that.