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Amazinz wrote:To create ghost image you need software such as Norton Ghost. If you're using Windows XP you can just reinstall and the XP setup has an option to reformat. Just make sure you backup everything you need. If you're using an older Windows you'll need to create a boot disk. I suggest Googling it and reading about it at some of the tech sites before diving in. Not that it's difficult but just so you have a complete understand.
Amazinz wrote:Yes there's a big difference.
Partitioning means breaking up a single physical drive into seperate logical drives. For instance, I have a 120 GB HDD. Instead of having one big C: drive. I have it split into 3 40 GB sections ( C: D: E: ). These sections are partitions.
The image of the hard drive saves an exact copy (everything) of the hard drive at the time it is taken.
Coppermine wrote:You can navigate through the image using Ghost explorer to restore files you may have deleted in the formatting process that you can't get back. It's a quick and easy way to get back the files you need or if something goes wrong with the formatting process, you can just reload the original image and try again.
Coppermine wrote:As far as clearing up "space" on your hard drive is concerned, when you empty your recycle bin, those files are removed from the digital space (KB, MB, GB, etc) on the drive and essentially frees it up.
What Amazins was talking about earlier, just to simplify, is that files are always "recoverable" after being deleted from the hard drive just because of the way Windows manages it's file structure. There are, of course, Windows registry entries and unregistered .dll's that will inevitably remain and as mentioned earlier, only a "file shredding" utility can permanently delete them.
For all intents and purposes though, you can safely assume that once files are emptied from the Recycle Bin, they are effectively gone from your hard drive and no longer taking up space, using resources etc.
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