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May the source be with you, but remember the KISS principle ;-)
Bigger doesn't imply better. Bigger often is a sign of obesity, of lost control, of overcomplexity, of cancerous cells
Acronis images are browsable like regular drives so this is an easy operation with Acronis.
Details depends on the program used. Again it is better to do it after booting from a USB drive will you recovery image. If you use Acronis image I recommend you to use boot disk, just in case.
Update you AV and scan C: drive
If your image has old spyware/trojans there is chance that it
This is the most important step and due to multiple location of files it is far from being trivial. It is better to write a small script that covers all your important location. Essntially the list of folders is that same as above. Try not to overwrite system files.
Please note that if you have new macros for Intetellytype they will be restored with your My Documents folder
Accclip, PalmDesktop and other programs that store data inside they Program and files tree should be treated individually or, better, you should create links to their data folders from your data drive.
You can use you backup of "infected disk C" for this purpose.
This total process usually takes approximatly 2-4 hours depending of the size of your drive, numvber and compleity of additional applications installed. I presuppose that all your data are on special data partion so your user folder comtent is minimal (less then one gigabyte).
Step 1: Update Microsoft Security essentials and scan you restored copy.
It takes approximately 30 min. If you have map of running processes from HijackIT (you should it before creating a backup copy), compare map with the recent map map that you got from an infected computer(if any). In results of previous two steps negative changes that your backup copy is infected are minimal and you can continue. Because backup copy is, say, a month old chances that is infected with infection that in not detedted by will be at least detected by current version of . It it was detected then repreat restore with ealrlier copy.
Step 3: Copy back application data you saved
that at this stage you did not do any browsing so the changes that the system is still clean are pretty high).
If you cleaned the disk and uninstalled unused applications time to backup system partition with the typical for XP size 40GB of data should be approximately 30 min for XP 32 bit and 40 min for Win7 64 bit. The resulting archive is approximately 20 GB.
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