Leaving a W7 laptop
I need/want to recondition my W7 laptop.
I plan to clean it, and back it up.
- Delete all non required applications, delete the trucrypt volumes.
- Back it up using an image copying facility, (http://clonezilla.org/ or http://www.todo-backup.com/, the latter is a bit spammy) I have also considered and tested imgburn, see below. None of these seem happy creating an image from the disk. Easetodo won’t use the USB as a target, (why not it worked fine on the SDD). imgburn does not like to a file2img from the boot disk. So I can try to use a live CD either clonezilla or linux, I can remove the hard disk and use something else as the copy host, or I could use an external hard disk. The MS “create system image” utility works on the whole disk, not the C:/ drive and needs more than 64GB.
- Create a bootable image on a usb stick, see unetbootin; see also imgburn can be used to create the new bootable image, but check out this thread on their forums about Open Candy currently bundled which AVG detects as malware
- Create a recovery stick using windows make recovery device (this is basically a windows factory default.) Oops, it seems that Windows 7 thinks it can only create a repair disk on a DVD. (Can I fool it using Virtual Clone Drive? VCD seems to need a file, not a device.)
I need two thumb disks, and one for the replacement. I need some key rings to act as labels.
The basic plan remains good. Clone the boot device(s) and put’em on a bootable stick. Cloning the C:\ drive is not so easy. Here’s some google pages I found.
This is proving a lot harder than I’d hoped. Slysoft’s Virtual Drive is not helping.
So today I am looking up the VMware Converter. Because I am using W8,1 & W7, I can’t do a remote, but the P2V software claims to do a local capture; but not of FAT files systems, you can see why.