Saturday, 15 January 2011

How to use Redo Backup and Recovery to clone your Windows disk

Redo Backup and Recovery is a Linux based disk imaging program similar to CloneZilla but with a big difference, it has a very nice easy to use graphical user interface.

It also has a number of useful features, http://redobackup.org/features.php

This post will show you how to use Redo Backup and Recovery to clone your Windows disk to an external USB storage device.

Step by Step: How to use Redo Backup and Recovery

Requirements:

USB External Storage Device / Hard Drive
Redo Backup and Recovery CD - http://redobackup.org

Creating the Backup Image

Boot your system from your Redo Backup and Recovery CD. You may have to alter your system BIOS boot order and set the first bootable device to CD/DVD.




Select 'Enhanced Video Mode' and press 'enter'

If your system has difficulties loading Redo, try a different video mode.




This is the Redo main menu interface. Connect your USB external storage device to your system and then click on the 'Backup or Restore' option.




Click on the 'Backup' button.




The source drive is the drive you wish to backup, the drive containing Windows XP / Vista or 7.

Select the drive you wish to backup and click on next.




Leave all parts selected and click on next.




The destination drive is your external USB storage device. Select your USB storage device and click on next.




Click on the 'Browse...' button.




Create a new folder by clicking on the 'Create folder' button.




Then type a suitable name for your new folder, for example here I am typing 'Windows XP backup'

After typing the folder name, press the 'Enter' button on your keyboard.




This should take you into your new folder. If not, double click on your folder.

Now press on the 'Save Here' button.




We have now returned to Step 4. Note the destination folder, it should match what you typed above.

Click 'Next' to continue.




I decided to leave the date as suggested by Redo. Click on 'Next' to continue.




Redo will now start to backup your Windows disk, saving the disk image to your chosen external USB storage device.




When the operating is complete, click on the 'OK' button.





Now click on the Home button, top left of the screen. This will return you to the Redo main menu screen.




You can now either reboot or shut down your system. To do so click on the 'Power off' option.




Click on the 'Restart' or 'Turn Off' button.

Remember to keep your external USB storage device safe and do not erase the disk image.

Restoring the Backup Image

Restoring your disk image will erase all data present on the disk you are restoring the image to. Therefore make sure you save any important files before proceeding.

Boot your system from your Redo Backup and Restore CD.




Connect the USB external storage device containing your saved disk image to your system and then click on the 'Backup or Restore' option.




Click on the 'Restore' button




Since recovery is the opposite of backup, the source drive is the drive containing the disk image. This will be your external USB storage device.




Select the USB storage device and click on next.




Open the folder containing the disk image, eg Windows XP backup.




Select the disk image to restore, eg 20110109.backup and click on the 'Open' button.




We have returned to the Step 2 main screen, notice the disk image name is present. Click on 'Next' to continue.




Select the drive you wish to restore the disk image to. This will be your Windows drive. Click 'Next' to continue.




Click on 'Yes' to proceed with the recovery.




The recovery process should now be under way.




When the process has completed, click on the 'OK' button.

Return to the main menu by clicking on the 'Home' button, then reboot or power off your system by clicking on the 'Power Off' option.

Your system should now be fully restored.