I have to refresh my OS periodically usually each month or two. It took much bothering. OS installation would take about 30 minutes. Then I have to install other softwares which took at least 2 hours and many restarts.
The software I have to install usually:
- OS Itself
- Motherboard & other device driver
- Zend Studios
- FrontPage 2003
- Acrobat Reader
- Configuring EasyPHP (mysql data directory is not in OS partition. so no loss if i format partition)
- Configuring all virtual hosts and aliases
- Bangla softwares & fonts installation
- Complex Languages support
- User Configurations
- Antivirus softwares
- Download accelerator
- Mozilla, IE7, Opera etc. and their plugins
- Multimedia Players like Herosoft, Winamp
- FTP softwares and others
So i had to give much time to install & configure these soft. Last week, Sumon, a contributing member of Projanmo Forum, send a gift cd with Acronis True Image Server for me. After installing and configuring my OS fully, using this software i took a image of my C: drive.
Yesterday, I had to refresh the OS again (as affected by virus). I formatted the C: partition and using the boot CD of Acronis, I restored the whole system in less than 6 minutes. 😎
Its really amazing. In five minutes, the whole system is ready for use.
Thanks Acronis, thanks Sumon :).