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Example: "A full system backup saved as a disk image can be used to reimage a hard disk."

Reimaging is the process of restoring data to a hard disk from a disk image. When a hard disk is reimaged, the data on the disk is completely erased and rewritten using data from the disk image file. Therefore, reimaging is often done from a recent backup, which allows the user's personal data to be recovered. Reimaging is simpler than reinstalling an operating system since it is performed in a single step, rather than requiring numerous files and programs to be installed.

Published: January 15, 2010

Definition from the PC Glossary