Comprehensive hard drive imaging
April 6, 2009 1:52 PM Subscribe
Is there a fairly comprehensive method I can use to image a hard-drive quickly, in case I end up needing that backup image later?
posted by geodave to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Essentially it breaks down like this: I'd like to open a small repair shop, and I'm confident that on a regular customer's computer the chances of me accidentally borking something important whilst attempting a fix, are low. All the same, I've been using some drawn out and inefficient backup procedures to ensure that if everything goes to hell, I can get everything back to roughly the same place it was when they brought in their computer.
My question is, is there a "best" way to do this? I want to be able to take a customer's machine (PC or Mac) and quickly image the whole drive, so even if I just spend an hour deleting random files for fun, I can go back and restore the state of the drive as it was when they came in. It can be a hardware solution, a software program, anything.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.