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Help Needed With System Image Backup to New Laptop

Q: Help Needed With System Image Backup to New Laptop

Hi, I hope someone can help me. I had a Samsung RV511 laptop which has a lot of important information on it, so I bought a 1TB Toshiba hard drive which came with back up software. I backed up the whole system as a system image. Had I known the difficulty I have now, I would have just backed up the files. My laptop died, and so I need to know....

If I buy another laptop the same, will I be able to backup the system image from my old laptop?

If I buy another does the spec need to be exactly the same? i.e. I have seen another with a smaller hard drive and less memory. My laptop was 640GB hdd and the ones I have seen are 320GB and 500GB. I have not as yet seen a second hand one with the same spec as mine. Also the ones I have seen have less RAM, mine is 6GB, and the ones I have seen are 3-4GB.

Can someone tell me what I need to buy in order to restore this system image please? I understand that I will have backed up drivers, so does that mean the new laptop has to have the same hardware?

I have read about software that will enable you to restore to another computer, but cost is a factor at the moment, so I don't want to waste money on something that won't work. I have read good and bad about the software.

Any help would be gratefully received. Thanks for reading

A: Help Needed With System Image Backup to New Laptop

You want to restore the image of the C partition on the old laptop onto a new laptop?

I'm assuming the new laptop will have a new Windows installation when you buy it---they nearly always do.

I can't see why you would want to do that, leaving aside the legality. If you did it, the fresh Windows installation on the new laptop would be destroyed (overwritten) by the restoration of the image of the old laptop. What's the advantage of that?

On the other hand, if you simply want to restore your DATA (not Windows) from the old laptop to the new laptop, you should be able to do that without overwriting your new Windows installation.

I'm guessing you used Toshiba software to make this image.

I know nothing at all about that software, but there should certainly be a way to drill down into the image and simply copy your data files to the new laptop with the mouse or keyboard. You can certainly do that with other imaging programs. I'd consult the documentation for the Toshiba software, which may be included with the drive or may be available on the Toshiba website.

Imaging software is not the sharpest tool for backing up data, as you've found out. It works, but it can be testy or clumsy.

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Hi All,
I have Windows 8.1 and would like to use the System Image Backup option in Windows under File History. I have a Dell Inspiron Notebook that was shipped with the Factory Image pre-installed on the hard drive. I want to be absolutely certain that I dont damage or remove the Dell installed factory image as I want to always have the option to do a Microsoft Reset using that factory image in the future when required.
I know nothing about where this factory image is installed on my hard drive but I only have one hard drive on my PC. I just want to backup the System Image and be able to Restore the system image back to the same hard drive on my PC in the future. I havent made any changes to partitions on the drive and never will. Its exactly as it was when shipped from Dell.
Can anyone advise me of the options I need to select during the Sysem Image Backup and Restore process so I dont remove or corrupt the pre-installed factory image on my hard drive during the process?

A:Help needed in using System Image Backup in Windows 8.1

You need to make the DVD's and keep them in a safe place. If you wish to make a whole drive image, use Clonezilla or EaseUS Workstation Todo. At least with the EaseUS software, you can shrink or grow the image, depending on the size of the drive. Clonezilla makes it a little harder, since you have to have the exact same drive that the original image was one.

All the factory image does, is allow you to restore it back to the "OOB" or "Out Of the Box" image. Anything you have installed, will not be in that image, so you have to use a third party software to get the job done.

Microsoft's backup software fails too much for Windows 8 & 10. That is because it was written for Windows 7 and below OS's.

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Hi

From times to times I load my disk image backup from win7 system and install the new programs/drivers i was using and save a new backup.

I usually to do this by backing up my C: drive, but this turn to my surprise, windows for some reason wants to backup C and D, is it possible to pick a drive for it to make a system image?

I'm mean, this is probably my 8th updagrade to the backup. I've always backed up from C: -> D:, which are on the same hdd, and now it suddenly needs to backup C and D to create a system image .

A:system image backup - how does windows pick the drives to backup?

Hello vbkun.





Will you please post a snip/screen-shot of the entire disk management drive map so we can see what you have going on.

In the Windows start menu right click computer and click manage, in the left pane of the "Computer Management" window that opens click disk management and post a snip of that.

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums

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Hello,

Before I re-imaged my laptop, I made sure to do a backup of personal files + a system image in case things went wrong.

The imaging was successful, and now, the new Win7 OS recognizes the old backup as a backup from another computer (as it should).

However, is it possible to manage this old backup? (manage => edit)

Now that I don't need the old system image, I would prefer to get rid of it ... plus, I created a backup for my current image so there's quite a bit of space used by backup files..

Thanks

A:Managing a backup from a previous image (eg. deleting system image)

Should be able to just delete it, but more detail is needed for the best answer.

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Can someone tell by these jpgs if the 6/28/10 "backup" is just a user files backup or a complete System Image Backup with user files backup included which I think is my default b/u setup now ?

Thanks....TR

A:Is this a general backup or system IMAGE & BACKUP

The items in the right pic could be moved to a flash drive or burned to CD. You will have to find them.

The Flash is easy to redownload. The Windows Security updates will just download and install again.

I'll check what my Sys Restore looks like and be back in a moment for the left picture.
I want to be sure.

My last Back up System Restore looks like yours. So this is defintely a System Restore point you are showing.
They changed the wording a bit on Win7 compared to XP.
If you need to go back that far you can try it.
Transfer what you can.

Mike

Yes System Image.

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Hi, I am trying out windows 7 backup, hoping at last that I won't need a 3rd party backup solution. So far so bad! My first problem is how ridicilously slow the backup is, but this has been discussed at length elsewhere. My second problem is the backup stalls when I try to backup a folder which I know has got various bits of malware in. I am an IT pro and use the files in this folder for testing purposes. OK fair enough I guess, although I think the backup should handle this event a bit more elegantly. So I've zipped and password protected the offending files to hide them from the AV (security essentials by the way) The final problem which I just can't understand is that when I try to create an image of my system drive, backup wants to add my D drive (which is purely a data drive) to the image. My D drive is huge and I don't want to include it in a system image. I keep my system drive lean and mean for exactly this purpose but now I can't back it up because the total size of C and D drives combined exceed the capacity of my backup drive. I know for a fact that the D drive has no consequence to the system boooting or operating, I have disconnected it and windows boots up just fine. In computer management the D Drive is not showing up as a system drive, so why does windows think it is? And why isn't there a power user mode wher I can choose exactly what I want in a system image, I understand you're trying to make windows easy to use for the average Joe, bu... Read more

A:Windows 7 Backup - System image includes non system disk

I suggest you check your hard drive jumpers. There should be only one Active drive. If you disconnect the data partition the Active partition will be changed. We are not clear why the partition will be Active partition when you connect it.
You may open Disk Management, set the 100MB system served partition or your Windows partition as Active and check the result again.Arthur Xie - MSFT

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Can some one tell me what the differences are between system image, system restore and system backup.

Also I made a system image and stored the file on an external drive and can't find the image file. Can someone tell me how I can find the file - did a search and organized the drive by date and could not find the file.

A:Difference between system image, system rest and backup

System Image is a copy of your hard drive
System restore copies your OS
Back up and restore copies your personal doucments etc

On my system the file is windows image and backup.

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I have just created a System Image Backup on my "slave" drive which I had done once before. When I look at the "WindowsImageBackup" folder it is dated prior to my last backup. Does that mean that I didn't get a new image or that it replaced my previous image but didn't change the date?

Also can I move the image to a flash drive or an external HD and restore from there?

A:System Image backup

The correct date of your last image taken should be on the subfolder within WindowsImageBackup.

If in doubt, you can attach the .vhd files in Disk management to browse and edit their contents: Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD

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Has anyone found a system image backup utility in Windows 8 Customer Preview ? I have found some discussion of this that says go to Control Panel / Restore. I can not find that option. I do see Control Panel / Recovery which has system Refresh and Reset options.

A:System Image backup

Hi bnc123 and welcome to Eight Forums. You need to open control panel in large or small icons view to see it. Click at the top right to change the view.

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A:Is a backup the same as a system image?

A System Image creates an exact copy of the contents (all files, folders, system settings, etc) on the entire hard drive which can be stored on an external hard drive. System Image is intended for a major catastrophe such as when your computer will no longer boot or severe malware infection.A backup copies your personal files such as those in My Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. Backup is intended for for restoring items on a small scale in case you accidentally overwrite or delete them.Backup and Restore in Windows 7How to Backup your files in Windows 7How to Restore files from backup in Windows 7What is a system image in Windows 7How to create a Windows system image to back up your programs, system settings, and files in Windows 7How to create a Windows system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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hi, i've backup hdd image using built-in backup & restore utility and moved the backup image to usb hdd. just so happened that win7 Ult 64-bit got corrupted last night and i've been trying to re-image since, without success.

the issue is the restore utilit couldn't find my backup image file. and the odd thing is it doesn't allow me to browse to the image file but instead having to connect to "network". where should i copy the backup image file to so that the restore utility can have access to it and re-image the hdd?

i've chosen advance recoery options, and asked to reboot. have tried all that i can find on the web on how to re-image and they all seems pretty easy but somehow it doesn't work for me.

if reboot, it will load recovery console and says windows cannot find a system image on this computer. attach the backup hard disk or insert the final dvd from a backup set and click retry. alternatively, close this dialog for more options.

i've re-installed win7 and trying to restore to the image i created but still having same issue.

any pointers?

tia

A:where to put backup system image?

Hello Foxxkat,

The problem happened when you moved the saved backup from it's original location to another location. When you do this, the backup will no longer be able to be restored from.

You might see if you may be able to manually extract any needed files from the system image backup using the tutorial below though.

System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Now that my machine is purring I am interested in a good system image that is bootable.  I will perform this image on an internal HD using a docking station and put the HD away until the next image.  I have looked at several programs that perform these images but just read this BC tutorial for using the Win 7 backup/image.  Very informative and I'm willing to try it.  I also read a couple of the other suggested tuts as well.  I do have a couple of questions if someone can answer them.  
 
1. Can the drive where the image is stored be partitioned to use for backing other data or should it be dedicated to the Win 7 image backup?
2. Will a new image overwrite the old?
3. I want to make sure that the image will be able to boot and replace the system on the main system drive if necessary.  
 
Thanks for any information provided.

A:Win 7 backup/system image ?

The free [email protected] Disk Image software i talk about in your other thread would do just what you need. Save full HDD back up as single file & store other files on the same external HDD. Make sure the drive your going to backup to is bigger than the one your backing up because if not how would a full back up fit.

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it says i need a media of at least 1 gb, my cd's are 700 mb: do they make a cd or dvd that's at least 1gb ? can i use blank dvd's ? i made a system repair disk ok; do i need a system image backup, since i have the repair disk ? i don't have a copy of windows/7; thanks

A:system image backup ?

Blank DVD's are 4.7gb. I just backed up a new Acer (Win 7) lap top and it took 4 DVD's

BG

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In the past I have always used Acronis True Image to create a System Image. However, I have two issues with Acronis, firstly it is not cheap at around 40 ($60 US) per computer and secondly it has more bells and whistles than a Thailand Taxi - consequently I have only ever used about 10% of its functionality.

User data files are no longer an issue because online Cloud storage is either free or very inexpensive. It works well, uses minimal system resources and can be setup to happen seamlessly in the background. So for a user to become physically involved in making backups of data files is quickly becoming a thing of the past. For me it is already a thing of the past.

So the question now is - What is the best solution for creating a System Image Backup in W8.1?

Not to be confused - I am referring specifically here to a "Full System Image Backup" and not to the quick and easy W8.1 Recovery Drive, which is a simple task for which one only needs a relatively low-capacity USB.

Most computers today are delivered with the next-to-useless manufacturers "Recovery Partition". After using a computer for a period of time, who in their right mind would want to revert the machine back to the system state in which it was delivered. I have yet to be convinced that these "Recovery Partitions" are anything but an easy way for Support to provide so-called support while the machine is still under warranty. Just try it - log a support call with a manufacturer wh... Read more

A:System Image Backup

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Does anyone know: is the actual backup image created during a system image backup available to be viewed in a directory tree structure anywhere ?

My interest stems from having executed the backup (successfully) onto an external drive from within a 2 500 GB disk RAID 0 environment, comprising several partitions striped across the disks.

Would the disk 0 image have been copied in its entirety, or would all system info as striped across both disks have been copied ?

Likewise, what will the restore operation actually write back, and to where ?

A:System Image Backup

Welcome!

I am by no means the expert on RAID, but I know a bit.

I believe it depends on whether you have a hardware RAID controller or you are using a mirror from Windows. If you have a hardware array, the OS views it as one drive. If not, then you might run into issues.

Hope someone else can come along and correct/add to this.

~JK

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I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. I do a complete system image backup each week to an external hard drive. However each new backup seems to overwrite the previous backup. Is there any way to keep several generations of the image backups?

A:System Image Backup

From all I have seen and heard, the Win7 Backup/Restore is not yet ready for prime time. A lot of people had problems with it. And that could be fatal the day you need to recover your system. I would recommend you use a proven program for that. My current favorite is free Macrium because it is really efficient and it works. Here is a little tutorial that I have posted. You'll see it is childs play to use it.
Image your system with free Macrium

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I perform an incremental back-up every day using the built-in backup program.

How often would you do a whole system image? I was thinking of only doing that every few months or less. Each image would be 80GB.

A:Backup of system image?

Unless you make a lot of changes, backup once in 15 days.

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I decided eventually that I should probably download (whilst it's available) the free Win10 offered by MS.
My PC is not running perfectly by any means & I now think it could take some time to properly sort out the problems.
Maybe an Install of Win10 will help but maybe it won't even install.
 
So I figure I should at least have a backup & system image of what I have now before attempting the Win10 install.
Problem right there. Every time I try I have the same message not enough disc space I I think on C ).
 
Here's what I have:
OS  =  Win7 (64) Home Ed.
C drive: (vssadmin list shadowstorage), on 240Gb SSHD.  Used 114Gb, free 123Gb.
I think somewhere there is a dedicated 100GB section which might not be available ???
The HD I intended to hold the backup has 381Gb free.
 
What is the simplest solution, suggestions, please

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Hello all,
 
Some time ago, I cloned my 128 GB ssd with Win 8 installed on it to a 2 TB hdd for the purpose of having a bootable backup copy of my ssd. So, now I have 128GB of drive space on the 2TB hdd devoted to a copy of Win 8, while the rest is a partition for various data, games and programs. Now I want to update the Win 8 copy on the 2TB drive. If I understand correctly, cloning again will wipe out the data partition on the 2TB drive. I'd like to not lose that data, so I was wondering if a recently made system image backup of the 128 GB ssd can be used on the 2TB drive Win 8 install without wiping out the data partition. Thanks, for your time.

A:System image backup

In theory it could, as you are asked which partitions and/or hard drives you don't want to format, but I've never tried it the way you want to do it and I have a feeling that you wouldn't even be permitted to choose to not format that data partition, but even if you did, I would consider it risky, assuming you don't have all that data backed up elsewhere.
 
I just took a few minutes to think about this a bit more.
Seems to me that I remember wanting to do something similar, so what I did was put the Windows System Image onto the data partition, knowing that Windows couldn't possibly overwrite the image itself while restoring it, thus the data partition would be safe, but it didn't work.
I got a notification to the effect of,
Windows cannot use this image as it is on the drive that needs to be formatted in order to restore the image.
Those are my words, but you get the picture.
 
In short, I don't think there is any way for you to do it, but I'll keep it in the back of my mind and advise you, if I figure out another way.

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I have had win 10 on my laptop 5 months or so being upgraded from win 8, 8.1 etc. In this time I have not been able to backup to my (eSATA) external HD. I need to do some program work so I want to back up before going ahead. Before someone says use this or that backup program to accomplish the backup. My desire is to have win 10 able to function properly before taking another road.

When I tried my back up this morning it looked like it was running through the whole process but in the end it said failed to backup, giving code 0x807800C5 . My backup location has 3tb so there is plenty of room for it.

Thanks for any info
Terry

A:Can not Backup or system image, Win 10

Hello Terry,

Can you post a screenshot of your disks and partitions using the disk management window? I am wondering if you might have some partitions that are causing problems with the backup such as multiple EFI system partitions.

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Hi all,I have a question that I hope is not a foolish one.I do a system image backup every month in windows 7.
It also asks me if I want a system repair disc which I did the first time.Do I have to make a new repair disc everytime I do a backup.Thanx,Tony.

A:System image backup

When your computer won't boot, a System Repair Disc is used to bring you into the System Repair Options to perform a system restore, perform an image restore, open a command prompt, or repair the startup environment. It is independent of updates and service packs. Therefore, you do not need to create a System Repair Disc every time you make a system image backup. Also, if you have the Windows 7 Installation DVD, it will work as a System Repair Disc.
 

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I have just upgraded and am backing up my system image to an external drive. I've noticed that the path showing is
Control Panel> All Control Panel Items> Backup and Restore (Windows 7). I don't understand that path, when I'm dealing with Windows 10. The path is what Windows Backup set without any action from me.

Am I doing something wrong?

A:First system image backup: is this right?

That's OK. You are fine. You didn't do anything wrong.
There is another way to do the same thing..............
Control Panel > File History.
Both Backup and Restore (Windows 7) and File History lead you to the same place...... to run system Image backup.

By the way, you system image backup is store in the ext hdd under WindowsImageBackup folder.

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PLEASE SUGGEST ME SOLOTION FOR SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP ERROR WHILE DONE ON DVD, WE RECEIVE MESSAGE "CLASS NOT REGISTERED (0X80040154)

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hi, I'm new to this forum and the answer is probably somewhere in here but I'll ask it anyway. I am looking for a program that will back up my computer and restore it to its previous state after it crashes and the hard drive has to be wiped clean. Specifically MS flight Sim X. I have had to re-install my flight sim program 3 times now after a computer crash and it takes days to re-install all the scenery, aircraft and multiplayer connections like TeamSpeak and FSUIPC, FSCopilot FSinn, ACARS, VASIM, and so on. I would like to have all the settings come back the same as when the computer crashed...is that possible?

Thanks
 

A:System Mirro Image Backup

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hey , this a stupid question, i think. but i just can't understand what is the deference between a system restore image and a backup data image etc? i've heard that u can save both a system restore image and backup at the same time to an external hard drive : for example, f:drive\name of pc user\backupImageSet YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS is this correct? how is this possible , thank you

A:backup/restore system image?

As Brink says, "There are no dumb questions, just the people who do not ask them."

A "plain backup" usually just backs up data files, while a system image backs up everything on your drive. A system image is a kind of backup. To confuse things, it depends on which backup/imaging program you use as to whether or not you can extract individual files. The native Windows 7 tool lets you create a "plain backup" of data files, or a full system image. But you cannot restore individual files from the system image.

Let's say you accidentally delete an important letter that had been in your Documents folder. Either a system image or a data backup could restore that letter. But if all you had was a Windows 7 system image, you'd have to restore the entire hard drive and not just the letter. That's why the native Windows 7 lets you select what kinds of backups you want to create: a data backup, a system image, or both. Other backup software (like Macrium, EaseUS Todo, Paragon, etc) offer more flexibility than the native Windows 7 imaging tool.

Hope this doesn't make it even more confusing.

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OK, I have Win 7 & Win 8 on two separate HDD's (I can choose either OS to run at start-up).

So how come when I try to do a system image backup (in widows 8) & choose Win 8 from the list of drives it also locks in the Win 7 drive, which I cannot change?
It will not let me just do a System image backup of Win 8 without including the drive that has Win 7 installed.

A:Windows System image backup

Win7 partition may be system.

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My searches have not turned up anything about this. On my computer, attempts to create a backup fail repeatedly, with these errors:

Error encountered when writing data to backup target (0x80780166)
System cannot find the file specified (0x80070002)

I have deleted the old backup folder from the external hard disk, and when I try to create a new backup, a new folder is created. Other programs write to the external disk, which has 824 GB of 931 GB free.

Any clues, ideas, spells to cast to fin the problem(s)?

A:System Image Backup Failure

Originally Posted by Not Myself


My searches have not turned up anything about this. On my computer, attempts to create a backup fail repeatedly, with these errors:

Error encountered when writing data to backup target (0x80780166)
System cannot find the file specified (0x80070002)

I have deleted the old backup folder from the external hard disk, and when I try to create a new backup, a new folder is created. Other programs write to the external disk, which has 824 GB of 931 GB free.

Any clues, ideas, spells to cast to fin the problem(s)?



Tks, and I am wondering about which application program you are using to make the image backup.
tks for any info. Cliff M.

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hello
I have a seagate external HDD 1TB .I have already backed up my files(not system image) from my vista 64 bit machine and I have done updates...whilst I was doing the original file backup my son diconnected the HDD but it seemed to caryy on from wher it left off but created 2 sub-files..it has consequently done a couple of updated backups without any probs.

I decided to do the same with the Win 7 64 bit system I have BUT both system image and backup fail,

Event viewer shows:
The backup operation that started at '‎2011‎-‎02‎-‎19T19:14:20.733166700Z' has failed with following error code '2147942421' (The device is not ready.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.

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The backup operation that started at '‎2011‎-‎02‎-‎19T18:13:01.513551700Z' has failed with following error code '2155348269' (The operation failed due to a device error encountered with either the source or the destination. If the source or destination volume is on a disk, run CHKDSK /R on the source or destination volume, and then retry the operation.). Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation once the issue is resolved.

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The backup operation that started at '‎2011‎-‎02‎-‎19T18:13:01.513551700Z' has failed with following error code '2155348269' (The operation failed due to a device ... Read more

A:Backup and system image fails

Hi, connect the external drive then go to start search and type diskmgmt.msc Does the drive show up? If so note the drive letter assigned open a command prompt , go to start ,all programs, accessories and right click on command prompt select "run as administrator" at the prompt type :-chkdsk/X/r... where X is the drive letter of the external drive.

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I originally posted this to the tutorial section but no one has answered me and if i posted it in the wrong section you can remove it and leave it where it does belong but i really would like an answer before i go out and purchase a new external HD and find out i bought it for nawt.

I used the system image backup in windows 7 home premium.
btw i backed it up to an external HD
It made a folder with several subfolders after the backup and was about 55gigs
Now it is next month and i added programs, updates etc and i want to make another image does it go over the existing image backup or does it create a new folder with new subfolders?
I would like to understand this because i plan on purchasing a bigger HD and want to estimate how much I need

Also when i get the bigger external HD and do another backup image since it will not see the first one will it make a new beginning one? or will it have a fit and look for the old one on the other smaller external HD- then what would I do?
I did the first one just so i could see how it is done and to have something until I get a bigger external HD

thank you very much
Robin

A:Question about Backup System Image

I am not sure how much room it will use but you don't need to worry about it not fitting. It MAY overwrite the existing image. It may give you a warning when you start it. You will want to use the last one you created anyway, so it's okay to create another "on top of the one you have now.

I have a 250GB external and back up 4 systems on it with Windows imaging tool. I have run it on each computer several times and still have 60-70GBGB free space.

Hope this helps.

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Hi to all

i have this problem when i try to create a backup image system, i find volume E (hdd internal) read like system.

The volume E it's a partition of internal hdd.

Thanks

A:Problem with backup system image

What is on E:\ ??

from cmd prompt(admin)
diskpart
list disk
select disk # (# being the disk number containing E;\)
list partition
select partition # (# being the partition number containing E;\)
detail partition

post pic of cmd windows

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Hi,

I have W7 PC with Windows preinstalled by the manufacturer (ASUS).

I want to save a copy of my W7 OS on a DVD, just in case my HD crashes and I need to buy a new HD and get Windows reinstalled.

I do not need to backup my personal files and folders.

Is System Image Backup the correct way to accomplish this.....?

If so, how do I exclude non Windows OS files from the backup....?


Thank you,
boyboyds.

A:System Image Backup - I am still confused.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by boyboyds


I want to save a copy of my W7 OS on a DVD, just in case my HD crashes and I need to buy a new HD and get Windows reinstalled.

Is System Image Backup the correct way to accomplish this.....?

If so, how do I exclude non Windows OS files from the backup....?


Yes, imaging is what you need.

You exclude non Windows OS files from the backup by moving them off the C partition. Imaging captures everything in the chosen partition.

There are imaging apps other than the Windows built-in app that some say are preferable--Macrium, Acronis, for instance.

However, if you don't already have an ordinary Window 7 installation disc, you should also probably download an ISO of one from mydigitallife.info and burn it to a disc.

The burned ISO will give you a clean installation of Windows.

The image file will, if restored, restore your C drive to the state it was in at the time you made the image---which is not the same as a clean install.

If your hard drive fails, its up to you to decide if you want to do a clean install onto the new drive or instead restore an image.

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In Windows 7 you have the ability to do a system image
I know how to do this and it works great on all my machines, in fact one of my hd failed and i used the image to put it all back so I know it works.

I have upgraded 2 window 7 computers to windows 8 Pro and the system image works fine
I just got a new latpop running Windows 8 Pro and when running the system image to the external HD it came up with an error msg that there is not enough space on the external hd to run the image. Now this is impossible because it says it needs 36gis and on this external hd there is 250 gigs free.
I thought maybe it was the external HD so I tried it with another one I have. I even rebooted just in case something hung up,
It came up with the same message, this HD has 500gigs free
What could be causing Windows 8 to think these drives are full?

I used one of these HD's as a test on my upgraded Windows 8 pro desktop just to see if it was the hd, and there it made the image with no complaints at all so it is not the external hds

Maybe one of you can give me a suggestion? btw it makes the system repair disk fine with no problems at all

A:System Image Backup Problem

With the new laptop - if that is what you think it is - have you tried updating your chipset drivers hence you storage driver? You could also go the manufactures website /support and type in the name of the laptop - should bring up a list of drivers -w8 maybe included-if so they may have some help there - with Asus (that's company i stick with) they also have a list of problems and resolutions.

Looking at the hard drive - it may have something left on it, which is causing the issue - i would delete the partitions etc in diskmanagement - scrub it clean (if nothing else works).

Also try the forums at the manufactures site - if there are issues they will appear there.

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Will a system image backup include programs, files and application/windows settings?

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Hey all. I'm new to BETA-testing an OS, and I was wondering, if I had backed up my computer's files to a system image, and upgrade to a newer build of Windows 7, would I be able to restore all my computer's files and programs through that image?

I'm currently using Windows 7 Build 7000.

Also, if my comp has both C and D drives, when I backup, both drives are saved, correct?

Thanks in advance.

~ Bioran

A:System Backup Image with New Build

A few backup products make a 'system image'. If you are talking about that included with Windows, I have found it too difficult to use as the restore boot CD seems to need an installed OS to restore over (meaning it is more meant for recovery to a broken same OS rather than a different OS). I prefer a product that does not care and can restore to an empty hard drive, since I prefer to clean a broken HD rather than restore over a dead OS. That is from my toying with it over the years.

I have used Acronis True Image for 5-7 yrs with no problems, but it is a purchased product (trial period ver is avail). Unfortunately TI does not install at this minute on W7x64 (x86 is fine), but their recovery CD works fine for both backup and restore on X64.

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If I understand what I did correctly, when I first created a System Image Backup, Win 7 created a folder on a External drive called WindowsImageBackup.

I would like to start fresh with a new full System Image Backup. But, I think I need to delete the folder already created. My supposition is that I can just move to this directory on my External drive and through Windows Explorer, delete it. But this is a supposition.

Will somone advise?

A:How delete System Image Backup

I haven't done it - but you will find out if you rt click it and select delete.

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If I have viruses, and I make a system image to transfer to a new computer, will it transfer the viruses? What's the best way to back up programs to transfer to a new computer?

A:System Image Backup Question

Quote:
will it transfer the viruses?


Beautifully.






Quote:
What's the best way to back up programs to transfer to a new computer?


Better to get the program installers from the relevant sites and install from scratch.

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So I've used Norton ghost in XP to do this and had a great experience.

When i got Win7 i was waiting for ghost to be patched. Then i read on this website about using some other free program the people here recommended. I just popped back to find it and now see its been replaced with windows 7s own system image backup program, i had no idea this existed, when did it come about and why wasn't it on here before? Is it better than ghost or that other program?

A:Creating a System Image backup

Here you go.

System Image Recovery

It is better than ghost because it is free

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Hi,

I am using a HP laptop, and as most of you know, it comes with a Recovery partition. So now, I wanted to do a System Image of my C: Drive only, but when I am in the place to select the drive to backup to, it forces me to backup the C:, and Recovery drive, when all I want is to just backup the C: Drive. And I cannot see anywhere the option to not backup the Recovery Partition. Please help.

Thanks,
Slasher

A:System Image Backup Problem

Have you looked at Macrium Reflect Free Edition, which is more flexible and has a saner interface?

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When I use Win 7 backup, it gives me the option each time I create a backup to create a system image. I created a system image on a CD a couple of days ago. Why does it ask me if I want to create another each time I do the backup? Is it talking about creating one on my hard drive, not a CD?

If it's just my hard drive then perhaps I should create one each time, but creating one on a CD is onerous. Plus, if this is the case, (that it wants me to create a CD) I don't know how that's to be done if the backup is on a schedule in the middle of the night.

A:Do I need to create System Image after each backup?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by wsplawn


When I use Win 7 backup, it gives me the option each time I create a backup to create a system image. I created a system image on a CD a couple of days ago. Why does it ask me if I want to create another each time I do the backup? Is it talking about creating one on my hard drive, not a CD?

If it's just my hard drive then perhaps I should create one each time, but creating one on a CD is onerous. Plus, if this is the case, (that it wants me to create a CD) I don't know how that's to be done if the backup is on a schedule in the middle of the night.


The restore point will not be saved on a cd

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Hi,
I am trying to run a system image file back upon my sony z5 with windows 7 Pro. I have connected my ipod (as an external drive) and it appears in the drop down menu as an available HDD to make the back up to. It is accepted and the back up begins as normal. Shortly after I get a window asking me to label and insert a media larger than 1GB. I click Ok because the ipod is already connected. The back up seems to then roll back a little and starts off again. However, after a few minutes, the dialogue box "label a blank media and insert it into the drive "E" reappears . Drive E is where the ipod is connected and there is adequate space available for the back up. What am I doing wrong?

A:System Image Backup looks for drive

How is the iPod formatted?

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview System Image Tutorial:Step 1. Whether your on the Desktop or the MetroUI, mouse over the bottom right corner to expand the Menu and select "Search", then select "Settings" and type in "File Recovery" and select "Windows 7 File Recovery"This will open the window shown below;Step2. Select "Create a system image", which will open the window shown below and search for available disk space. You can then choose your own and click "Next"Step 3. Select the drives, files to be saved, Your Windows OS's are automatically selected. Click "Next"Step 4. Confirm your selection and click "Start Backup"Step 5. Your backup will start.Step 6. Once completed, Windows will then ask if you wish to "Create a System Repair Disc" click your choice. I chose "Yes" as shown below;This concludes the Tutorial for creating a "System Backup" and "Repair Disc" for Windows 8 Consumer Preview.Note: You will notice that it says "Windows 7 File Recovery"Under all the MetroUI, Ribbons and Apps, you are running Windows 7.Regards,Don

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In Windows, there is just something picture copy a backup of the devices required to operate. Within the drive becomes or failures damaged the machine picture may be used to displace Windows all.
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I'm trying to make a system image and configure backups but I'm unable to select the internal drive that has the space I need.

I have a 1Tb drive partioned into C:\ [Win7] and D:\ [Data]
and a 750Gb drive [H:\] that used to have XP on it that I want to put my backups on.
I used to dual boot XP and Win7.

Computer Managment > Disk Management shows

C: Healthy (Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dumo, Primary Partition)
D: Healthy (Primary Partition)
H: Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)

System Imaging/Backup help says you can't backup to the system (startup) drive (not sure why?)

Is there any way to change which drive is designated as the system drive?

I've removed the dual boot and used bcdedit on C: to only reference itself
What's else do I need to do to make C: the system drive?

Thanks

- Norm

A:Backup/System Image problem

That H drive has boot files for XP. As long as those files are there, it will not let you back up to it. You can remove them and put them back if you ever want to boot to XP again.

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A couple days ago I took a system image backup of Windows 10 to a 3TB drive - something unsupported in Windows 7 because of the 4k segment size. At least I think I took a backup - it did something for a long time. But I just looked at it and Windows says it's 0 bytes long. Is there any way to know whether I actually have a backup short of trying to restore it?

A:How to validate system image backup

When seeing a full system image backup made here my first move is to browse directly to the folder afterwards to see how large the system image is. You simply to the location with an explorer window. For verification of the integrity that would take having a spare drive you can restore the image to and boot from afterwards long enough to verify a working image had been created.

I think you may the following quote about the differences seen between MBR and GPT are not simply the limitations in Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 to 2tb but how changing from MBR to GPT is used to overcome the 2-2.2tb limitation seen with MBR.






Let me take a few minutes to talk about the mysterious 2TB limit. In fact, in a word, it is due to the type of initialization performed on the disk. Your disk is MBR type! The MBR supports up to 2TB per single partition. So you can only see and use 2TB in your computer. How To Solve The Problem? Now that you have known 2TB is the max volume in a MBR disk. I also want to tell you that there are two types of disk, another is called GPT(GUID Partition Table), a new partition/disk style, which support bigger than 2TB. So the solution is converting MBR to GPT? Yes, it is!
At first, verify that your computer equipped with UEFI if your system partition is in the pre MBR disk. The UEFI will show up in the bios. Second, it is about operating system requirements. You can consult the chart below.



The chart showing each version a... Read more

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In Windows 7 you have the ability to do a system image
I know how to do this and it works great on all my machines, in fact one of my hd failed and i used the image to put it all back so I know it works.

I have upgraded 2 window 7 computers to windows 8 Pro and the system image works fine
I just got a new latpop running Windows 8 Pro and when running the system image to the external HD it came up with an error msg that there is not enough space on the external hd to run the image. Now this is impossible because it says it needs 36gis and on this external hd there is 250 gigs free.
I thought maybe it was the external HD so I tried it with another one I have. I even rebooted just in case something hung up,
It came up with the same message, this HD has 500gigs free
What could be causing Windows 8 to think these drives are full?

I used one of these HD's as a test on my upgraded Windows 8 pro desktop just to see if it was the hd, and there it made the image with no complaints at all so it is not the external hds

Maybe one of you can give me a suggestion? btw it makes the system repair disk fine with no problems at all

A:System Image Backup Problem

With the new laptop - if that is what you think it is - have you tried updating your chipset drivers hence you storage driver? You could also go the manufactures website /support and type in the name of the laptop - should bring up a list of drivers -w8 maybe included-if so they may have some help there - with Asus (that's company i stick with) they also have a list of problems and resolutions.

Looking at the hard drive - it may have something left on it, which is causing the issue - i would delete the partitions etc in diskmanagement - scrub it clean (if nothing else works).

Also try the forums at the manufactures site - if there are issues they will appear there.

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Hello,

I'm amazed what are the real differences between backup and system image. I've heard that system image stores all data plus programs (including operating system) stored on the Windows drive (say, C:\) and on the other hand, backup only stores data of Windows drive (C:\).

In this state, system image has more power to saves us from lacks of OS, apps and also data.
But in steps of backing up in Windows 7, there is some writing that says, "it also create a system image"! So in this status, backup is backup of data + system image, so has everything of the both in itself. Is it correct?

A:Differences between backup and system image

Hello Kurdman,

You are correct on the differences.

When you setup a Windows Backup, you have the option to also include creating a system image at the same time. They are still separate items though.

Backup User and System Files

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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In the past, system image backups from my Toshiba laptop to an external HD worked, but now I get the error displayed in the JPG attached in this post.
I have done the CHKDSK/R on my hard drive but the backup still fails. I even tried a different external hard drive, but the results are the same. It fails after it is running the backup for a few minutes.
Can anyone suggest a solution? Thanks.

A:System Image Backup fails

I have two recommendations:

1.) Something like this happened to me a couple of times on Win7. Try treeing down and opening EVERYTHING in the navigation pane, and see if you accidentally dragged and dropped a folder or drive into another. Specially look for the drive for your backups somewhere on the C: (system) drive. I causes a link that tries to backup your backup drive, screwing everything up.

2.) Try using Macrium Reflect.

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Hi All, I have just ventured into system imaging & am finding my way around with it
I know there is a lot of options available but i have just started with the basics of creating a partition and useing the Windows system image backup to get the feel of things
All things aside my question is; "what are the chances of a system image becoming infected by a virus or malware"?
"Is it safe to exclude it from on demand scans or should i always include it?"
This is probably one of those dumb questions but it is one that has puzzled me for a long time ever since the intoduction of Recovery Partitions

A:System Image backup & Scanning

Clean all temps, including history,java and cookies.
Empty recycle bin
Run your antivirus and antispyware scans
Defrag

Now, if everything is clean, set a new restore point. You should be safe to create a system image backup

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Hello my system is dell xps 8300.i have upgraded from windos 7 ultimate(64bit) to windows 8 pro 64 bit.

My system has 1) dell oem partition (no drive ketter 39MB),2) recovery partition (ntfs no drive letter) 13.25 GB free 2.94 Gb,
3) C drive windows system partition 100Gb free 31,24 GB
rest of the two patitions are 175 Gb each (logical drives).

Total my hard disk capacity is 500GB.

what is the difference of taking backup and which is better for recovering the system to original state just before the backup.
1) system image backup(recovery partition & windows sytem partition) using windows 8 system backup..ie using
windows 7 file recovery menu under control panel.
2) creating custom recovery image for refresh.(command: recimage -CreateImage)

I have done both and my backup location is external hard drive of 2TB capacity.

I made system recovery disk(dvd) from the windows 7 file recovery menu.

The custom recovery image wim file is of size 22.GB

The recovery partition backup(vhdx) is of 9GB
and the windows system partition backup is of 43GB.

I have also used macurium reflect pro to take backup of my recovery and windows partition using macurium rescue cd.

kasinath

A:windows 8 system image backup

1) system image backup(recovery partition & windows sytem partition) using windows 8 system backup..ie using
windows 7 file recovery menu under control panel.



Is best.

MS will remove it in the next release.

Fortunately, you have this:






I have also used macurium reflect pro to take backup of my recovery and windows partition using macurium rescue cd.

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I have two external hard drives, WD-RED 2.0 TB, each is installed in a "Plugable" USB3-SATA-USASP1 SCSI Disk drive plugged into separate USB drives on my Dell Inspiron. (Drives F: and G The first is a tad full and will no longer fit another system image. So, I wanted to backup to the second which has plenty of space, being mostly unused. I just finished a file backup, to G: but cannot write a system image because Windows 10 does not show the drive as an eligible backup device!

The only difference I can see in properties of the two file systems is that the second one allows files and content to be indexed.

Suggestions?

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In the past, system image backups from my Toshiba laptop to an external HD worked, but now I get the error displayed in the JPG attached in this post.
I have done the CHKDSK/R on my hard drive but the backup still fails. I even tried a different external hard drive, but the results are the same. It fails after it is running the backup for a few minutes.
Can anyone suggest a solution? Thanks.

A:System Image Backup fails

I have two recommendations:

1.) Something like this happened to me a couple of times on Win7. Try treeing down and opening EVERYTHING in the navigation pane, and see if you accidentally dragged and dropped a folder or drive into another. Specially look for the drive for your backups somewhere on the C: (system) drive. I causes a link that tries to backup your backup drive, screwing everything up.

2.) Try using Macrium Reflect.

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Hello,
 
Before doing a system-image-backup, with Macrium Reflect (free version), do you suggest to manually execute a maintenance process (from the Action Center), in case the previous Windows automatic maintenance (or more of them) didn't run (perhaps the computer was not switched on)? Even if there is no particular alert displayed?
 
Or it is not important, and after restoring the system-image-backup, Windows 8 will continue to work without problems where it was left, even if months or years have passed since the backup?
It is not important to do this, even if several automatic maintenances have been skipped? (still for the same reason: computer switched off during maintenance time).
 
Thanks.
 

A:Maintenance before system-image-backup

It wouldn't hurt to defrag the hdd, use the disk cleanup tool, run chkdsk /r, and run sfc /scannow.  You could also run Temp File Cleaner.
 
Please explain about the computer turning off during maintenance.

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Hi guys and gals,

I was looking through my secondary HDD (which is where i have my system image stored).

I noticed that i seem to have 2 large files of approx 180GB each on the drive.

One shows as WindowsImageBackup and the other shows as RODSWIN7 (which is that name of my computer)

What i want to know is why I have these 2 large files of what seems to be system images/back ups.

I have attached a pic as to how they display in my HDD:
http://i46.tinypic.com/35d690k.jpg

Can anyone please tell me why i have both of these? When i created a disk image the WindowsImageBackup Folder was created. I just dont know if i need the other one or not as its taking up a fair bit of room.

Thanks in advance

A:Duplicated system image/backup

Hi Roo Boy and welcome to Seven Forums.

The WindowsImageBackup folder is where your system images are. RODSWIN7 is where your File and Folder backups reside.

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Hello guys,
I have an HP laptop that came with Vista Home Premium installed.
Two drivers, the C: driver as usual and a 'D:' driver also known as "HP_RECOVERY".

Now my question is very simple and basic yet I'm baffled not figuring out a way to do it.

Is it possible to clone the image of the OS I'm running currently to that D: drive? What software do I use to do that?

I will also need to mention that the drive size is ~8GB so it's very small. If there is a way to clone the current image to that drive, i will have to extend it and make it bigger, how would you do that also?
Thanks ahead of time.

A:System Backup Clone Image

You can, but it is a very very bad Idea. Unless the D drive is a seperate hard disk drive (HDD). If it is just a partition, and the drive fails you will lose all backups on the D Partition. Most likely the D partition is small (10GB), and is solely for the recovery partion factory Image.

[edit]
In your case it is 8GB in size, and It is not recommended to store anything else in there. Delete it if you want, repartition the HDD, create a "data" drive and store the Paragon Image. But keep in mind, if the drive fails, is corrupted, etc., you may lose all the data on the entire drive.

Vista also includes a file backup Utility-but it will not allow backups to partitions on the same HDD as the source.

Now you can modify the partitions, but by doing so you will prevent the recovery image (if you keep it) from being used, as the Main O/S drive will then be smaller that the image, and any recovery will fail.

Partitioner (bootable) must be burned to cd/dvd:
Paragon Partitioner
BURNCDCC


Free drive imaging software:
Free Drive Backup Express - disk backup software

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Hello,Before doing a system-image-backup, with Macrium Reflect (free version), do you suggest to manually execute a maintenance process (from the Action Center), in case the previous Windows automatic maintenance didn't run (perhaps the computer was not switched on)? Even if there is no particular alert displayed?Or it is not important, and after restoring the system-image-backup, Windows 8 will continue to work without problems where it was left, even if months or years have passed since the backup?It is not important to do this, even if several automatic maintenances have been skipped? (still for the same reason: computer switched off during maintenance time).Thanks.

A:Maintenance before system-image-backup

Hi Thomas B,






do you suggest to manually execute a maintenance process (from the Action Center?



Personally, I use Macrium Reflect Free and I never do any of the prep work you are describing. Now, I am not saying that you should not do it, but I can tell you it is not necessary.






Windows 8 will continue to work without problems where it was left, even if months or years have passed since the backup



Well, the years is a bit of a stretch; however, if you created a system image 6 month ago, it would revert your PC to that exact point in time, which means you'll have to reinstall all programs that were installed during the last 6 months, as well as download all Windows Updates that were issued in the last 6 months, etc.

Hope this helps.

my2cents

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Hey folks!

Okay, now that I've got Windows 7 RC properly installed and running flawlessly, I've decided the following:

- I want to buy a WD Caviar Black 640GB HD and install it as my main hard drive;
- And, I want to create a system image my current system because
- a) it's running perfectly right now;
- b) i want to migrate it from my current Hitachi pewp drive over to the new bigger, faster WD drive.

So, all that being said, once the new WD Caviar Black HD is installed, how do I migrate the system from one HD to the other?

I was thinking I create a System Backup via this tutorial (Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup[2]=Backup%20Restore) and then Restore it onto the new HD? Is that even correct? Is there an easier, faster way to do it?

Any help, much appreciate as always.

Thanks!

A:System Backup & Image Question

Hi,

You can clone a hard disk of any file system. During the hard disk copying process, the program moves controlling records , the bootstrap code and on-disk partitions. That?s why this operation cannot be substituted by simply copying all on-disk partitions.

Best to use a special program for the job - Paragon products are excellent



Do you have anything like that?

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I thought it would be a good idea to create a backup of my system
Can somebody please explain the difference between "create system image" and "backup"
I find it very confusing
Thanks
Regards

A:Create system image/Backup

I'll try .A system image, IMO...is a clone of the entire C: partition/drive. The result is an exact copy of the C: partition exactly as it exists on the system at the time that it is made. See http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows...-a-system-image.A backup is (typically, but does not have to be) a compressed version of the existing Windows system...which must use the same program creating the backup...to install the backup or parts thereof.http://www.daleisphere.com/how-to-use-wind...backup-feature/Depending on the utility used...individual files may be accessed/restored from either, without restoring the whole backup/image.Louis

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When I bought my (Windows 8.1 PC) it had a very unusual internet problem - was very slow and took ages to fix. Anyway now it works fine as long as the power setting (in Power4Gear Hybrid) is set to max performance. I can't remember what I did to fix the problem...

Anyway I want to update to Windows 10 but am worried that this will cause the problem to reoccur. If I did a system image backup, will this save my settings EXACTLY as they are and enable me to go back to Windows 8.1 as it is now if Windows 10 does cause the problem to reoccur?

A:Question about system image backup

Originally Posted by jamesmerlin


When I bought my (Windows 8.1 PC) it had a very unusual internet problem - was very slow and took ages to fix. Anyway now it works fine as long as the power setting (in Power4Gear Hybrid) is set to max performance. I can't remember what I did to fix the problem...

Anyway I want to update to Windows 10 but am worried that this will cause the problem to reoccur. If I did a system image backup, will this save my settings EXACTLY as they are and enable me to go back to Windows 8.1 as it is now if Windows 10 does cause the problem to reoccur?



Yup. It's a image of how your PC is at the moment of pulling the trigger, programs, settings ,partitioning... everything. A lot of us in the forums use Macrium Reflect to do this. For informational & site links, see this post/thread.

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I have a blank 500gb internal drive to which I have saved a system image. In addition I have also set off a backup schedule to perform backups on the filers etc that I want backup that I save to a separate external drive which I can also select create a sys image.

Does both of the system image and backup have to be on the same drive. What I am after is to reduce the need to re-install windows should the need arise and just restore a system image?


Any advice is appreciated

Kwack

A:Confused about System image and backup

  
Quote: Originally Posted by kwack


I have a blank 500gb internal drive to which I have saved a system image. In addition I have also set off a backup schedule to perform backups on the filers etc that I want backup that I save to a separate external drive which I can also select create a sys image.

Does both of the system image and backup have to be on the same drive. What I am after is to reduce the need to re-install windows should the need arise and just restore a system image?


Any advice is appreciated

Kwack


No they do not have to be on the same drive. When you make a system image the first time it asks where do you want it to go" another drive, external hard drive, etc. In fact the system image, should be on an external device. If your hard drive fails, what good is it to have it on the same HD.
Merry Christmas, enjoy the season and the best OS, in use.

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A general question about a system image backup. Does it act in the same way as formatting the drive ie removing the current system and replacing it with the system image you created on that particular day, thus removing any gremlins you may have?

shipboard.

A:[SOLVED] System image backup Win 7

What is a system image?

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I do not know for sure if system image is the right word to describe what i am looking to do, i will describe what i want so you can tell me if it is what a system image does or if it is something else.
 
The thing i am looking to do is as follows, write the necessary stuff to a USB drive at time T=0. Then at time T=later if something went wrong  (my system hardware, or i had a severe virus infection, or something went wrong with my software, or even if i had to dump the original system hardware completely and get a brand new piece of hardware to run my system on) i could plug this USB stick into the repaired/brand new/wiped machine and after a few "hours-minutes-back to hours-now it's days-oh sorry just 10 seconds left " of file copy dialog (or whatever the equivalent is for copying the stuff across under these circumstances) my old system as it was at time T=0 would now be running on the repaired, wiped or brand new hardware. Is this what a system image does or is a system image more limited in it's abilities than that? I'm looking for a method where in an emergency you could wipe a system completely, or find a new one, and use this USB to install onto it the old system exactly as it was at T=0. 
 
For whatever process is needed to create that "emergency repair" USB drive (which would allow a user to recreate an old system exactly as it was at a previous time on repaired/wiped/new hardware  ) can som... Read more

A:making a "system image" backup, how?

You are correct, this would be referred to as a system image backup. When you say USB stick, keep in mind that the drive you store the system image file needs to be atleast as big as the "used" space on your hard drive. You probably will need an external hard drive which has more storage capacity than a USB stick.
 
There are a few free programs that can do this, but Windows has this function built-in.
 
There is actually a great article here on BC about creating a Windows 7/8 system image backup: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-system-image-in-windows-7-8/. Just scroll down to the section How to create a backup system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8 for instructions on creating a manual backup.
 
As far as restoring the system image, here is another BC article that walks you through the process: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/system-image-recovery-in-windows-7-8/
 
Keep in mind that unless you paid for a Retail Windows license, you can't install Windows on a new computer, or even the same computer with a different motherboard. If your computer came with Windows, the license only applies to that computer. However, if you buy a new computer that comes with Windows, there should be a way to work around the licensing issue, as the new computer comes with it's own license (but only if the new computer has the exact same version of Windows as your old computer). Isn't Windows licensing just super fun? 

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I did my first backup using Windows 7 built-in backup and restore last week. Chose to let windows decide what to backup and also do a system image (basically the default settings). It took quite a long time, almost 4 hours.

Tonight it did its weekly scheduled backup and another sytem image. Since it only copied any new files that part went fast but the system image took a long time, almost 1.5 hours.

When I look at manage space the system image is using 124GB. This seems huge. I thought it should be maybe 20GB or so. Data files being backed up are 71GB. Other files are 4GB for a total of almost 200GB.

This is a relatively new computer so why is the system image so large? Is there a way to verify that it should be that large? Will it always take so long to do the system image?

A:Questions re: backup and system image

The image file also contains you data if it is on the same partition. Also you have done two images backups and this is reporting both of them. Windows sets aside a certain amount of space (I think about 20% of your backup drive) and keeps as many images as it can in this space. So the actual image size is about 60MB which is about the same as mine. You might want to read this tutorial Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup by Brink.

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Host OS : Win 7 Home Premium
Guest OS : Win 8 installed inside VMware player.

Question :
I have been doing system image backup weekly on my host OS.
Do I need to do the same on my guest OS too ?

t-4-2

Editing ....
System Image back up is done on an external hard drive.

A:creating system image backup

I would think the VM should be included in the system image of Windows 7.

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Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc

Just earlier I was to make an image backup of my Win7 pc. I am using DiscWizard and just went through the it but was rprised to see that there is no "system reserved" in the Partition Selection box. Previously there was a checkbox and a System Reserved. Please see image attached.



It always had that there as a selection. I remember it vividly because I also asked it here in a pevious thread and made it a point to remember to include it(check the checkbox) because it would cause a non-boot.

I exited DiscWizard and went to My Computer and I am surprised to see that there is also no System Reserved reflected there. Please see image attached.



Previously I installed Paragon Backup and Restore 10 Suite(Twitter edition) and removed Seagate DiscWizard. PBR10 has file/folder backup option that I would like to test. Encountered problems as PBR would not recognize the folder backup did(3 out of 3 errors. It would detect the archive but when I was to verify the integrity I cannot go to "Next"because of it). So uninstalled PBR. Re-installed Seagate DiscWizad.

Now I see that there is no System Reserved.

(1)What is wrong there...? Am I missing something...? What can I do to make it appear again?

I went through making the image backup and validate it. It was okay. I attempted to do a restore via the Linux cd at boot. It went through normally (Partition and Disc to restore > Primary/Ac... Read more

A:Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu.

Have you tried running Win7 Backup imaging? Type backup in Start Search box, see what it wants to save to another HD.

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I have run the "create system image" successfully until today. I have an external HD for that image file. It appears to run, goes through the steps and says it has created the image. But when I go to the external HD and click on the Image file that was created there is nothing there. It shows 0. What could I have done to do this. I even looked for that image file on my C: drive, just in case, but it is not there either.

A:System Image Backup missing

Jay

Is the internal drive split into 2 partitions? How much total space on c and free space on c? By 0 you mean zero bytes, or you dont see anything?

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It's been around since Vista, but I rarely ever hear anything - either good or bad - about it.

A:Does anybody use the built-in System Image Backup?

Some like it and some don't. I use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download which a lot on here also use.

Jim

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Good day!

I just started to use Win7 backup and restore feature and got confused all over. I know the difference between Backup and System Image but here's the confusing part:

I created a system image that contains all my drive. Then, I created new, full back up, let Windows choose what to back up and BY DEFAULT it created a system image which I assume would kill the system image I created before I do this full backup. Now since Windows didn't backup everything, I believe the system image is not the whole image of my computer. I thought the solution would be easy, just click the "CREATE SYSTEM IMAGE" on the left pane, but what about when the next backup schedule is up, this system image would also get overwritten right??

I just want to have one SYSTEM IMAGE of:
System
C:
D:
Which made a total of 171GB
and store it inside my 500GB external hard disk

I also want to set a full backup and have an incremental backup stored in that same external hard disk, running by weekly basis WITHOUT messing around with the first system image I created. Anyone have any idea how can I get this thing done?

A:System Image & Full Backup

Hello EP, and welcome to Seven Forums.

A system image (computer) is saved in the WindowsImageBackup folder, and a Windows Backup (files) is saved into the computer-name folder.

Each system image created is a new backup period of your complete computer (all system drives included by default). This is true whether it was created through Windows Backup or a separate system image by you.

By default, system image periods will only be deleted when the HDD space runs out of space to make room for new ones. Because of this, you may want to rename the WindowsImageBackup folder to keep the first system image that you want to always keep. This way you can keep your other ones in a separate updated WindowsImageBackup folder.


For more details about these two, you can read the top part of the tutorials below. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files
Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I would like to backup a bad drive and replace it with a new drive (160gb WD in both cases)

I cannot back up the system image from the bad drive to the new drive (hangs up).

The bad drive was an upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.

What can I do?

A:BACKUP BAD DRIVE (SYSTEM IMAGE)

It depends what you mean by bad drive, but I am going to take it to mean that there is data that is not physically readable? If that is the case, then you are not going to be able to back up the data since the bad disk can not be read in order to retrieve the information. Are there any errors being generated?

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Hi guys, I've read with interest this forum.. I'll try & keep this brief as I can... I did a W7 system image backup on 5 DVDs. My Pc is a DELL XPS 15z which has the eject button as a key on the keyboard. I had a virus on my PC & tried to reinstall the image but I can only get as far as entering the last disc from the back up set.. when I try to eject the dvd it won't work unless I abort & boot into windows!! Since then I did a clean reinstall of windows 7, but I have realised I've lost my Microsoft office that came with the original Dell system software.I've also lost the original Dell back up so I can't restore with Dell recovery. How can I gt this problem solved? I have the image on 5 DVDs but I can't get it back on the laptop! Can it be transferred to a usb flash drive or a partition in my hard drive? Any help would be really appreciated.

A:system image backup on 5 DVDs

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You might try the steps in this tutorial:
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

See the note box above step 1.

That note box has a link where you might be able to download a Windows ISO file.

I say "might" because the links to some of the ISO files are not always functional as of late.

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Has anyone ever used this program? I saved a backup image of my system with it on an external usb hdd today and was just wondering if I ever need it if it will work to restore my system? Thanks! Best Free Backup Software for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP

A:System image backup program

some of them have the limitation of 32bit Bios PC's

you have to pay for UEFI 64bit systems

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Can a Windows 7 Install that is already activated be reinstalled from a OS Image backup?

I often reinstall the OS after a couple of months. So I want to Install Windows 7, activate it and then make an OS image backup with Acronis True Image.

If later on I reinstall back with the image, will Windows 7 still be activated?

Same machine, same parts.

A:Re-installing activated system from image backup

Yes, you should have no problems at all, other than any updates which will be done automatically. I used to do this with XP Pro and Vista.

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Hello,
in windows 8.1. there is an option to create a system image backup.
What can be done to configure this as a scheduled job to backup a machine every night as an image?

Thx

A:Scheduled system image backup windows 8.1

You can create a scheduled task to run the following commands using WBADMIN:

wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:E: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet


This would backup the C:\ to your E:\ drive.  The -allCritical tells it to backup the critical volumes containing the system state and the -quiet tells it to run without prompting you.  This is run through powershell so when you create your schedule
task ensure the "Program/script" section states "powershell" and then the "Add arguments" line states: 
-command &{wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:E: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet}

See this link for more information:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/heyscriptingguy/archive/2011/01/12/use-scheduled-tasks-to-run-powershell-commands-on-windows.aspx

Be kind and Mark as Answer if I helped.

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Subject pretty much says it all!

Does Win7 Backup also create a system image, or do I need to create an image separately?
Thanks

A:Does Win7 Backup also create a system image

If you went to "Create a System Image", then yes.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 743 @ 1.30GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 3032 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1292 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 228972 MB, Free - 119892 MB;
Motherboard: Advent, Verona
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

Is it possible to resume a system image backup (using an external DVD drive) after having accidently stopped the backup 3/4 of the way through (after I had finished 11 discs)?
 

A:Solved: System Image backup query

Hi Jonnie,

I did a little of research about your inquiry and found out that you could not do incremental back up using the Windows 7 backup and restore tool.
 

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i am going to install windows 8 consumer preview.but first i want to create system

image or backup whatever its called so if i didnt like the new window so i can turn

back to where i started.i dont want to lose any of my data and programs installed.i

have 160 GB HDD with only one partition on which windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit is

installed.is this even possible?if yes please help me out.Thanks

A:how can i create exact system backup or image or whatever.

Hello Masoomsahib,

For what you are wanting to do, you really need to have a second physical internal or external HDD to save the system image on to be safe.

You don't want to have a system image saved to another partition on the same HDD as Windows is installed on. If that HDD fails, you lose everything.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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I'm still looking at 3rd party software options that would enable me to restore my system to another machine, in the event that either of my current laptops died and I decided not to buy a new one with the OS preinstalled.

At present I have Win8.1 but if I have to do a refresh or factory reset this would take me back to Win8 with all the work of updating to 8.1 and reinstalling programs.

I'm having issues with Macrium Reflect not working on one of the laptops, and I want just one solution that will work on both laptops so today I've been looking at AOMEI and it raised a question.

AOMEI has the option to clone the disk (I know Macrium has this too, and I guess other options like Acronis will as well). In their description of the process they say:
This makes me think that I could use a clone of my current system as a way to have a copy to install on a different machine. And maybe I could also use the clone instead of a System Image as my regular backup method to restore to my current machine if needed?

Would this meet my needs or have I completely misunderstood?

I'm wondering if the clone has to be installed somewhere else immediately rather than being able to store it somewhere until I need it (like I can with a System Image), for example.

And I don't know if there would be any problems with activation if I did this, or if the clone would be automatically recognised as a legitimate system. I currently have an OEM installation of Windows 8 with recovery disk but no inst... Read more

A:Backup using System Image and Cloning with 3rd party s/w

This makes me think that I could use a clone of my current system as a way to have a copy to install on a different machine. And maybe I could also use the clone instead of a System Image as my regular backup method to restore to my current machine if needed?



NO, if Pre-installed.

Pre-Installed OEM:
Windows 8 EULA







Originally Posted by microsoft


Can I transfer the software to another user?
You may transfer the software directly to another user, only with the licensed computer. The transfer must include the software, proof of purchase, and, if provided with the computer, an authentic Windows label such as the certificate of authenticity label including the product key. You may not keep any copies of the software or any earlier version. Before any permitted transfer, the other party must agree that this agreement applies to the transfer and use of the software.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 743 @ 1.30GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 3032 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family, 1292 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 228972 MB, Free - 119892 MB;
Motherboard: Advent, Verona
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated and Enabled

Is it possible t
 

A:Solved: System Image backup query

Please do not start multiple threads on the same topic.
 

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Hi,
I have tried every trick in the book to creat a system image whether directly or via backup computer. I am receiving those error messages; 0x8078011D when I try to create a System Image from the left bar and; 0x81000032 when using backup computer. Please help

A:Cannot create a system image or backup computer

I can neither backup or make system image. Any suggestions for Win 7 or 3rd party SW. Thanks

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Have tried multiple times and scoured the internet. I am trying to crate a system image. The space required is about 60gb and teh drive I am saving to is 200gb.

I keep getting this message attached.

Any ideas

Cheers

Kwack

A:unable to create a system image or backup

Hello again, kwack.

Try defragmenting the backup drive. You can also try a low-level format.

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I have a minimal W8.1 system with three physical hard drives. C: is the boot drive (120GB SSD), D: is my "Data" drive (120GB SSD) and E: is my "Backup" drive (300GB Raptor). I have the system set up to maintain the "File History" on the E: drive. I also have several fail safe Acronis 2014 system backups stored on E:!

However, when I try to do a "System Image Backup" the system will not use E: to store the Image? For some reason W8.1 wants to backup E: as part of the System Image Backup. This is not good... since I have Acronis Backups on that drive making the backup image huge.

What am I doing wrong? I have made System Image Backups on other W8.1 systems and did not have this issue - but - I probably did not have File History turn on and/or I had several 1TB hard drives available on these systems.

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This is not a system I use everyday. Several times now when I have had the PC on to update or back it up it has rebooted itself. No one else uses this computer but me so I am unsure what is going on with it. Can someone give me some kind of idea where to stat on this problem? Vic

A:System rebooting during a backup or disk image

I recommend you repost in the Operating System forum that matches yours.

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I have used both, wondering if anybody here had success or failure *restoring* from either? Windows 7 system image backup would seem more dependable given it is the actual operating system backup up the system; but I noticed my win7 system backup image includes a ~60GB in size single file which will not fit on a 50GB blu ray data disc. A Clonezilla backup can be spread out amongst a couple of cheap 25GB blu ray data discs. But the true test, what matters of course, is which (either or both) will dependably *restore* when that task is needed.

A:Clonezilla or Windows 7 system image backup?

Both clonezilla and win7 built-in backup cannot resize partition on restore. Both don't compress.
All that software work. Only don't forget to restore the same type as it was (primary or logical), and mark the correct pratition ACTIVE. Drive letters and bootmenu are wrong after using clonezilla ... so system doesn't boot, but "startup repair" fixes that in a few minutes.

I recommend Macrium Reflect FREE... it's free, it can compress data, it can resize on restore, it adjusts bootmenu on restore. Also it can span on multiple DVD's.

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Please explain why is it necessary to select the first option .......
Let Windows manage the space used for backup history

Will the 2nd option be good enough ? If not, why not ?

Thank you.

P.S. I do System Image Backup once a week, on Monday of each week.

A:RE : Manage Space in System Image backup

I think it's just a personal choice. At present, I'm not pinched for space so I selected the first option. Even so, I'll probably leave it set that way. If I get short on space, I'll just delete some of the older files. Selecting the second option, for me, seems risky. I backup once a week also but having multiple versions I can fall back to gives me better piece of mind--What if I don't notice a problem that requires a restore within a week? With the second option, you have one week (one version) for backup. What if the problem is older than that?

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When you restore a system image does it automatically restore track 0 and the MBR? I ask because I've recently completed a clean install of Win 7 Ult, created a System Image and now want to replace the MS MBR with Grub4DOS in preparation for dual booting with Win 8 and being able to boot bootable ISOs from the boot menu. Previously I've always used Acronis for imaging, and that gives you a choice when restoring of whether to restore the MBR along with the system partition. However with this new install I want to use Backup and Restore.

A:Windows Backup and Restore System Image

Seems the answer is no, it does not, and Win 7 Repair doesn't fix it either. After installing Grub4DOS as boot manager Win 7 booted normally, but when I then restored the System Image it failed to boot. In anticipation of possible boot problems I had also taken an Acronis image before any of these changes and that did restore track 0 and the MBR and all was well. However I would still like to have the capability to restore my System Image and make it bootable without having to resort to Acronis, so can anyone help with that? I have tried rebuilding the MBR in Partition Wizard but that didn't fix it.

EDIT - and what has happened to the Log Out button - can't see it anywhere?

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Hello,

Do you happen to know how I can add image backup to the scheduled tasks? The built in ones only seem to cover Windows Backup, not image backups. I can't find any documentation on guides on running this from the command line, and especially not task scheduler. If you can at least point me in the right direction, it would be very appreciated. If I am totally missing anything built in, please call me an idiot and embarass me.

I would like for this to be automatic without having to buy anything additional, since my most recent crisis... Active @ Drive Image failed on me telling me its own image was not a valid image file. Very disappointed in them. I even ran the image verification utility every once in a while and never got a hint that there was a problem. The years that have gone by and I trusted that my images were cool and everything... The one time I need them to come through, they crash and burn. I would also like to test EVERYTHING I can for Microsoft and give them feedback and everything for anything that is amazing or doesn't seem to be working as intended.

A:Add System Image Backup to Task Scheduler?

I really can't find anything on this anywhere. I'm beginning to think that powershell is the key and all the masters are very quiet and humble and I should dive as deep as I can into Powershell myself to free my mind from the UI.

Please note that if you teach me something in Powershell, I will not think you are boasting or anything but helpful and I promise to share it with others at every opportunity.

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Just want to make a few comments, and invite discussion about this.
It might help some people, and I might learn something.
I know circumstances differ for different users, and I can only speak from the perspective of a home user.
And as a user who wants to install and tweak Windows only once, and wants to install and tweak my "always used" apps only once.
For example, my XP system lasted 5 years, and my Win 7 is almost 3 years old.
I'm pretty "serious" about imaging, even keeping a sysprepped image in case I need to go to a different motherboard.

1. All too often I see folks having problems because their system image backups include data not on the system partition They either run out of space, or it takes hours upon hours to do a backup. This discourages taking system images, and eventually leads to getting stuck between a rock and a hard place. I really think that encouraging keeping system images separate from data back-up would keep many people from getting caught in that trap. Am I dreaming?

2. All too often I see folks with huge system partitions, which basically leads to the above same frustrations - imaging non-system data. This is a big problem, because many store-bought computers are set up like this, and by the time they get to imaging, it's difficult to get them set up with a good configuration. I always roll my own PC's, and I don't know the answer for this. Might not be a good one, unless the PC sellers take it upon themselves.

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A:System Image Backup Strategies/Thoughts

I take two images a week with both windows backup and Macrium. I just managed to get the pro version at a cheaper price than the standard version so I can do differential backups with it now

I make a folder backup of my data partition separately on a folder to folder basis

I don't like the idea of packing my data into image files in case one gets corrupted.

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My main question is what is actually saved when you run Windows backup to create a system image (assuming a generic Win7-64 pro installation). I don't know the proper terminology, but my concern is being able to recover the first two invisible partitions (the boot partition or whatever they call it, plus the OEM "recovery" partition), along with the C: drive with Windows etc. My related question is, is there any way to verify that stuff has been saved, e.g. where the heck is the backup (presumably contained in the read-only folder with the name of my computer on my external drive; or, it could be in the folder WindowsImageBackup that has a folder with the name of my computer...). I confess that I have multiple backups created by different programs and I'm not sure who made what. I'm just trying to understand the Windows utility: figuring out better backup methods would be next.

A:What exactly does a Windows system image backup save?

Hello David,

The tutorials below can give you more information about this. Please feel free to post any questions you may have after reading them.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery

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Hello.

Would someone be able to help, please?

Target Drive:
Have an HD that used to be a system disk (1.3 TB).
Now want to use it for Backup (named as such)
Used cmd > DISKPART > clean > on that drive

Source drive: an SSD (120GB)

No matter what, the target backup drive fails to accept
the source system image - says it's not big enough.

What do I need to do, please?

Thank you : )

A:[SOLVED] System Image Backup Failure

What you did was removed the partitioning or volume formatting. For a complete description of the DISKPART command see: A Description of the Diskpart Command-Line Utility

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Hi!

I have had serious issues with BSODs during scheduled backups (many attempted, none succeeded) the past few days. It happens with the Windows 7 backup tool and 3rd party tools.
I am not sure what to think, but ntoskrnl.exe is supposedly a culprit.

My system is Win 7 x64 Ultimate
Asus Sabertooth x58
Intel i7 950 @ stock
3x4 GB Corsair Vengeance

Thing is, I have not had a blue screen for a long time. Relevant changes to system:
External NAS added (could be a reason, I suppose) Synology Disk Station with Synology Assistant installed on my computer for monitoring and administration.

Microsoft USB Keyboard added.

No other new hardware or drivers have been installed

Crashdump from the tool provided in the forum sticky and performance monitor report are attached (I hope).

A:BSOD during backup/system image writing

No-one?

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Is it possible to make an Image System Backup and a File History using windows 10 on the same external hard drive?  If so, how should I do it?  Be specific as to steps.

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Does Control Panel>File History>System Image Backup overlay the previous System Image Backup if you use the same device? Is there anyway to keep multiple versions other than use a different Partition/Hard Drive/USB Drive?

A:System Image Backup - Multiple Backups?

Hello Ken,

If you like, you could use a method in the yellow tip box at the top of the tutorial below to keep multiple system images. I like Method Two the best.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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