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Chris McNally Dec 27, 2007, 05:43pm EST Report Abuse
Hi all,

Read a lot of posts slagging Vista (and written a few myself), so I thought I'd share my experiences of upgrading my laptop hard drive (I'm still with XP on the Desktop machine for obvious gaming related reasons) by way of balancing matters.

Wanted to install a bigger hard drive in my lappy, so last night I availed myself of the backup facility which comes with Ultimate (and Business) editions. Within about 20 minutes the 56GB backup was created, so today I slotted in the new, bigger drive, restored the backup from a USB hardrive using the restore option direct from the CD (about 20 minutes again), extended the C: partition onto the new space using the embedded "Shrink or Extend" partitioning tool, and I'm back in business with an new 160GB drive.

I've replaced a lot of hard drives in my time, and I've never, ever had such a simple experience as with Vista Utimate. The OS may have it's issues, but 10 out of 10 to Bill and the boys for ease of use of the Backup / Restore and disk partitioning function.

Discuss...


Regards,

Chris McNally

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Aggressive Prefector Dec 29, 2007, 10:45pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
Ghost 2003 can do the same thing for XP and older operation systems. I never tested it on vista but if vista uses NTFS file system then it should work.

adam Dec 29, 2007, 11:44pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
Aggressive Prefector said:
Ghost 2003 can do the same thing for XP and older operation systems. I never tested it on vista but if vista uses NTFS file system then it should work.


Aggressive Prefector MR Ubuntu lover - Vista hater lol you will fit in great here.

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Bitmap Dec 30, 2007, 04:22am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
I seriously sense massive trolling mechanisms in Aggressive.

Trolls don't last long here. :)

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A_Pickle Dec 30, 2007, 04:39am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
Aggressive Prefector said:
Ghost 2003 can do the same thing for XP and older operation systems. I never tested it on vista but if vista uses NTFS file system then it should work.


Bet you anything Ghost can't do it in 40-ish minutes. And Norton Ghost also dramatically reduces boot time and performance in general. Have fun using Norton Ghost -- I'll just use Vista Ultimate and be a happier, more productive, computer user. :)

Jules Dec 30, 2007, 05:27am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
Good on you Chris. I too really like vista utimate.
I backup my d/t to a WD 120GB USB laptop drive, and have a customised backup running, which is scheduled as well. Far quicker and superior to any other automatic backup programs I have used. Little flag tells me when its starting and and finishing and its all over in about 5 minutes.

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A_Pickle Dec 30, 2007, 05:47am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
I will say this on Vista's backup:

I hate how it only lets me backup those select places. I want customizeable folder locations to back up -- for example, "C:\Program Files\3D Studio Max R7\scenes" would be useful to back up...

...I can't say I'm all for this "six checkbox options."

john albrich Dec 30, 2007, 06:16am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
A_Pickle said:
...Bet you anything Ghost can't do it in 40-ish minutes...


Ghost is expensive overkill anyway.

Freeware exists to do the same things.

Last time I relocated an instance of an XP OS (consuming about 12GB with all user data) to a larger HDD it took me about 15 minutes using the freeware version of XXclone 0.58

I later used freeware PartitionLogic 0.69 to resize the partition to 80GB, taking me about 5 minutes.



"XXCLONE duplicates the whole Win NT, 2000 or XP system volume to another volume that will become ready to boot without a restore step."
http://www.majorgeeks.com/XXCLONE_d5534.html
http://www.xxclone.com/index.htm
http://www.xxclone.com/iwhatis.htm

"Partition Logic is intended to become a free alternative to such commercial programs as Partition Magic, Drive Image, and Norton Ghost"
http://majorgeeks.com/Partition_Logic_d4780.html
http://partitionlogic.org.uk/about/index.html

adam Dec 30, 2007, 11:02am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
Bobby Phillipps said:
I seriously sense massive trolling mechanisms in Aggressive.

Trolls don't last long here. :)


I meant it sarcastically lol.

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B Dec 30, 2007, 11:18am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
A_Pickle said:
Aggressive Prefector said:
Ghost 2003 can do the same thing for XP and older operation systems. I never tested it on vista but if vista uses NTFS file system then it should work.


Bet you anything Ghost can't do it in 40-ish minutes. And Norton Ghost also dramatically reduces boot time and performance in general. Have fun using Norton Ghost -- I'll just use Vista Ultimate and be a happier, more productive, computer user. :)

It probably could. It only took me 15-18 minutes to create a 40GB image file. Restoring the image (once fragmenting) only takes about 10 minutes. I have never used Ghost to extend a partition. I use Partition magic and it gets the job done in under 5 minutes. You shouldn't just make assumptions.

EDIT: There are absolutely no signs of decreased performance or increased boot times since I used Norton Ghost on my system. I have no idea where you got that one from.

Sean Costello Dec 30, 2007, 11:53am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
Adam Mccarnny said:
Bobby Phillipps said:
I seriously sense massive trolling mechanisms in Aggressive.

Trolls don't last long here. :)


I meant it sarcastically lol.



Not if you see his other posts.

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Carter Sudeith Dec 30, 2007, 11:53am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
If you used Linux, this wouldn't be so special at all.

Linux has been able to copy/backup/restore partitions + resize the duplicate partition for a long time now.

So basically what you're saying is that Windows has finally caught up with open-source software on a proprietary platform. Gee, sounds great. I'll be sure to pour my money down the drain for Ultimate :P

Jules Dec 30, 2007, 03:48pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
A_Pickle said:
I will say this on Vista's backup:

I hate how it only lets me backup those select places. I want customizeable folder locations to back up -- for example, "C:\Program Files\3D Studio Max R7\scenes" would be useful to back up...

...I can't say I'm all for this "six checkbox options."


You CAN customise it to do exactly what you want!

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Only read the manual as a last resort.
A_Pickle Dec 30, 2007, 05:44pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: How Vista Ultimate made me happy..
Carter Sudeith
Linux has been able to copy/backup/restore partitions + resize the duplicate partition for a long time now.


And yet, I still can't download a program and install it in an easy, six or seven step process, nor can I download the latest drivers from Linux Update...

Jules
You CAN customise it to do exactly what you want!


Uhh... no... from what I can see, you can backup Pictures, Video, Documents, E-Mail and whatever else. You can't customize a specific directory to back up. Maybe I'm just not seeing something...



 

    
 
 

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