If you don't like preambles, skip this first paragraph. A few weeks ago I got a new laptop. Like most laptops, all it came with was a utility to burn your own recovery DVDs. (Why manufacturers can't dish out the extra 50 cents and actually give us recovery DVDs with a computer is beyond me, but that's beside the point.) Anyway, it ended up using up two DVDs and all of the manufacturer bloatware gets installed along with the OS when the discs are used, which takes ages to install, and then even longer for me to uninstall afterwards. What's more, the recovery discs can't do things like partition the hard drive, or even install/configure Vista's bootloader if the OS is installed to a different partition than it was previously. So, I'm hoping I can whip up something that will fit on one DVD, be stripped of the bloatware and have utilities that are actually required for installing an OS.
So I have:
- A compressed image of my OS partition (shiny clean and stripped of bloatware) that's a hair under 4GB
- A Vista Recovery CD (for setting up Vista's bootloader after I copy the image to the hard drive) which runs 120MB
- Parted Magic (for restoring the image to the hard drive and since its an awesome Swiss Army knife of useful stuff) that weighs in at 43MB
Basically, I want to put these three things onto one bootable DVD and have that be my slimmer and trimmer recovery disc. I've been reading about setting up GRUB to boot from a CD/DVD and am pretty sure I can manage that. I'm guessing it shouldn't be too hard to make GRUB boot Parted Magic, so the Vista Recovery CD is my only concern. Will it be possible to have GRUB boot into the VRCD? I can post a list of the CD's files if it would be pertinent.