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Help needed in using System Image Backup in Windows 8.1

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

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, 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

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

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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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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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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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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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I have my system on drive "c" which is a 125gb ssd.
I have partitioned a second internal drive.
I have put programmes in one partition called "f".
I have put all my data in a partition labelled "m".
I have a third partition labelled "z" to take the system image backup.
When I made a system image backup, the programme included drive "c" and the programme drive "f", together with a drive called system reserve which I have no idea where it is located.
I imagined that I could simply make a system image of drive "c", which didn't include programmes.
Obviously this is not the case.
The whole idea was to be able to do a clean up-to-date system restore in drive "c".
Isn't restoring to two different drives a bit messy?
I read all the time that people install a clean system on a regular basis.
Is it normal practice to include programmes as well?
If I put all my programmes back onto the ssd then I'm sure I will run out of space very quickly. For example codemasters F1 is over 10GB.
Any comments please.

A:windows system image backup query

I'm going to say this. Putting the backup in a partition on the 'data disk' is a bad idea.
As if the disk fails, so does the backup. Making it pretty much useless.
Everything else you are doing makes sense, but if you want a reliable backup you'll need a separate media device or hdd to put it on. Otherwise the backup is pretty much redundant.

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Hello, I'm at the end of my rope trying to resolve this issue.  All my searching for a resolution has come up blank, so I'm hoping someone here might have a suggestion.  Perhaps it's an issue specific to HP notebooks relating to the hidden recovery partitons that are keeping the system backup from saving sucessfully. I'm using an Envy notebook (model 17t-j1000) and trying to create a Windows 10 (64-bit Home) "system image", but I keep getting the same error every time I attempt to create the system image: Error code: 0x807800C5 that states:Check your backup:There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set.Details: the mounted backup volume is inaccessible. Please retry the operation.I first got this when I tried to create a backup onto a brand new Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1.5 GB external USB 3.0 drive (I'm trying not to use any of the Western Digital software).  The first time I ran the backup, I got a different error code (# 0x8078004F), and it would fail early on at just 7% while creating the UEFI image backup stating "the mounted backup volume is inaccessable".  But after a few additional attempts, I was then was able to get it past the UEFI backup, and run out to 57% completion, but then crash while"creating a system image of" .  I tried several attempts after the initial failure, but now it always fails at 57% completion. I was hoping it may be related to on... Read more

A:Windows 10 System image backup error

chugbug These kinds of problems are the main reason I avoid using and MS-supplied backup or recovery solutions.  They tend to NOT work when you need them the most. Instead, I have relied for years on a third-party imaging/restoration solution known as Macrium Reflect -- which is FREE! What I recommend is the following:1) Download and install Macrium Reflect (MR)2) Run MR and choose the option: "Create an image of the partition(s) required to backup and restore Windows" to write a full backup to an external drive or USB stick3) Use the option to create a boot USB stick or CDI use this all the time and it typically takes less than 10 minutes to do the image backup and about the same time or less to do a restore.  Plus, MR has the option to Add a Recovery Boot Menu entry.  This allows you then to boot into WinRE, and you can then use that to do a restore -- when you can't boot into Windows!NOW, you have the means to restore a full working system from the external drive or USB stick in only a few minutes. Also, MR provides the capability to "clone" a drive -- either directly to another drive of the same size or larger, or to a file that can later be "restored" to a different drive. Good LuckI am a volunteer and I do not work for, nor do I represent, HP.========================================================================If you feel my suggestions helped you, please click the Thumbs-Up symbol to say thanks!If they helped resolve your issu... Read more

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I downloaded Windows 8 a couple days ago. I tried creating a system image to a 500 GB (409 GB free) Western Digital external drive four times and each time after several minutes a message said that the backup failed. The Recover Partition backup seemed to complete OK each time. The failures occurred after a minute or so into the OS C: drive backup.

The external drive checked out OK. The drive previously had a system image for Windows 7 that was deleted before the backup attempt. Here are 2 of the messages I received as the backups failed. The other 2 were about the same, I think.

"There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set. (0X807800C).
The mounted backup volume is inaccessible. Please retry the operation. (0X8078004F)."

"There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set. (0X807800C).
The specified disk cannot be found. (0X80780081)"

Below were the 2 files on the external drive after the failure. I guess the first was the completed Recovery Partition backup. I don't know much about this sort of thing.

7da23344-ab79-11e1-887d-806e6f6e6963.vhdx - 7.61 GB
7da23345-ab79-11e1-887d-806e6f6e6963.vhdx - 7.00 MB

Does anyone have any ideas about the problem? The only virus software on the PC is Windows Defender that came with the OS.

A:System Image backup failed for Windows 8

Fifth time is a charm, I guess. I tried the system image backup for the fifth time and it completed successfully this time. Nothing was changed on my system or drives.

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Hello,

Trying to create a System Image Backup on a Windows 8.1 ACER laptop. My latest attempt is to a external hard drive with 3.63 TB free but the backup fails due to not enough disk .

I have attached the full error message.

New to the ways of Windows 8 and this is my first time trying to create a System Image Backup.

Thanks in advance for any assistant.

Stu

A:Can't create a system image backup on Windows 8.1

Take a look here for fixes.
Latest Win 8.1 ISO "Breaks" System Image Functionality

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After upgrading to Windows 8.1, System Image Backup failed resulting in
the following message:

?The backup failed. There is not enough space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location. ? (0x80780119)?

However, there was enough free space in the external hard disk: 762.82 GB.

Windows Disk Management, and other tools, provided the following information about the partition structure of Disk 0 (238.35 GB):

Type
File System
Capacity
Free Space

Recovery
NTFS
499 MB
499 MB

EFI System Partition
FAT32
300 MB
300 MB

Microsoft Reserved Partition
Other
128 MB
Recovery (\\?\Volume{792d...)
NTFS
350 MB
350 MB

Recovery (\\?\Volume{8b75...)
NTFS
350 MB
350 MB

Recovery (SAMSUNG_REC2)
NTFS
19.72 GB
19.72 GB

Recovery (SAMSUNG_REC)
NTFS
1.00 GB
1.00 GB

Boot, Page File, Crash Dump, Primary Partition
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A:Windows 8.1 System Image Backup Failed

Hello netnative,

This is a bug with the new Windows 8.1 (GA) where the "system recovery" partition not having enough free space.

Latest Win 8.1 ISO "Breaks" System Image Functionality
The recommended option would be to use a free 3rd party program like Macrium Reflect instead.

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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,
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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I downloaded Windows 8 a couple days ago. I tried creating a system image to a 500 GB (409 GB free) Western Digital external drive four times and each time after several minutes a message said that the backup failed. The Recover Partition backup seemed to complete OK each time. The failures occurred after a minute or so into the OS C: drive backup.

The external drive checked out OK. The drive previously had a system image for Windows 7 that was deleted before the backup attempt. Here are 2 of the messages I received as the backups failed. The other 2 were about the same, I think.

"There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set. (0X807800C).
The mounted backup volume is inaccessible. Please retry the operation. (0X8078004F)."

"There was a failure in preparing the backup image of one of the volumes in the backup set. (0X807800C).
The specified disk cannot be found. (0X80780081)"

Below were the 2 files on the external drive after the failure. I guess the first was the completed Recovery Partition backup. I don't know much about this sort of thing.

7da23344-ab79-11e1-887d-806e6f6e6963.vhdx - 7.61 GB
7da23345-ab79-11e1-887d-806e6f6e6963.vhdx - 7.00 MB

Does anyone have any ideas about the problem? The only virus software on the PC is Windows Defender that came with the OS.

A:System Image backup failed for Windows 8

Fifth time is a charm, I guess. I tried the system image backup for the fifth time and it completed successfully this time. Nothing was changed on my system or drives.

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I have spent most of the past 12 hours trying to restore my win8pro system from a system image. the image was saved to a usb hard drive. win8pro system image recovery won't see the usb hard drive. I tried copying the backup to a drive on my network, but recovery won't see that either, even when entering the exact path to the backup using the network option. I then tried to copy the backup to a second hard drive, installing that hard drive directly into the machine. no go, wouldn't even recognize the drive.
I'm at my wits end. any ideas?

...joe

A:windows 8 pro system image recovery can't see backup

I have a similar problem. I have a Samsung Series 7 laptop with pre-installed Windows 8 and no CD/DVD reader. I have an external USB3-connected Seagate drive to which I have saved several System Image files. The system image recovery doesn't see the USB external drive in the same way as jaypea500 described. I can get as far as "Add Drivers" with the instruction to "insert installation media for the device and click OK to select the driver". My laptop doesn't have floppy or DVD drive. I have no installation media. Where do I get the drivers for the external disk from please?

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Hi so I recently got a SSD for my comp, before installing I did a backup of windows and included the system image option. I am now on a fresh install of windows but can only restore the files I had on my old windows and not the entirety of windows (programs, program settings.. ect). How can I use this image to put everything back exactly the way it was before?

A:Restoring windows, System image backup?

If you are trying to restore your SSD from an image you took from your HDD, I have the following questions:

1. What program did you use to make the image.
2. How big was the imaged partition when you made the image
3. How much data was on that partition
4. How big is your C partition on the SSD

PS: Why do you need to restore and do you not have an image you took from the SSD.

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Hello everyone I'm having a problem with Windows System Image Backup just when I try to do a image backup it will say that it has failed and suggest to do a disk check. I've searched and some users say to use third party backup programs should I run the disk check first or just go with a different backup tool.

A:Windows System Image Backup fails!

Hello Timothy,

You certainly could use a 3rd party program like the free Macrium Reflect instead if you like.

It wouldn't hurt to run the disk check to see what the issue may be though.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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The backup utility still exists in windows 8.
Click the desktop icon on the metro interface.
Move your mouse to the bottom right corner
to get the system menu.
Click settings.
Click control panel.
Change the view to icons in the view menu.
You can choose large or small icons.
The backup utility is listed as windows 7 file recovery.
You can make a system image and do file backups from there.
 

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Before I upgrade to Windows 10 on my Windows 7 desktop I'd like to know whether or not there is a built in create a backup system image?
Once my Windows 10 upgrade is running properly and before adding in any new programs I wish to create a backup system image
--- I know I can use a 3rd party program and I am use to Macrium Reflect on my Windows 7 but I wish to know whether or not there is a built in create a backup system image utility
 
So far I have found which I will do while my Windows upgrade is in pristine condition
 
Recovery Drive - Create in Windows 10
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4200-recovery-drive-create-windows-10-a.html
 
Windows 10 ISO Download
http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/9230-windows-10-iso-download.html
 
--- Are there other items I should do in addition to these 2 as well as creating a system image backup?

A:Windows 10 create a backup system image

A recovery drive is similar to a System Rescue Disk in Windows 7. It is not a complete disk image. If you want a System Image then it should be located under File History unless Microsoft removed it in the final build. Personally I would use Macrium. 
 
http://www.winbeta.org/news/how-easily-create-full-backup-windows-10-using-system-image-backup
 
Edit: You would need the USB recovery Drive to restore the disk image.

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I am trying to use the Windows System Image tool to create a backup image of my system drive in case something messes up so I wouldn't have to completely reinstall but I could just restore this backup, but there is a problem. When choosing what drives to include, Windows makes system drives mandatory. This would be understandable if it limits it to the C drive on my windows 7 system, but I have a dual boot system, so it has made my XP system drive mandatory too, and I only want to backup my W7 C drive. As you can see, I can't unclick it. How can I only backup the W7 C drive without the XP drive?
 

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Need help with a Windows backup problem.

I'm trying to create a system image of my OS drive (C). This is an SSD drive. Anyway whenever I attempt to create the image, Windows Backup automatically selects my game drive (M) along with C drive and I can?t deselect it. In short I have no choice but to have both drives selected.

Now, I do have the MBR on the "C" drive and there are no boot records, files, or folders of any kind on the "M" drive. Yes, I have show all hidden files and folders in folder view enabled.

And to double check that C doesn?t need M, I?ve physically removed it and all other drives from the system, and C boots up just fine.

Also, there are no other OS?s loaded into the boot loader, just Window 7. I?ve even used this fix again just be sure everything was on C drive - Boot loader on separate partition?

BTW I did create a system image of just C drive by leaving the other drives disconnected, after which I re-connected the drives, tried to create another system image and yes, Windows Backup is STILL insisting on adding the M drive as well.

Anyone have any thoughts on what?s going on? It?s really annoying.

Thanks

A:Issue with Windows Backup creating System Image

I gave up with windows image and now use this;

Free Backup Software for Hard Drive System Backup and Restore. Backup freeware for data backup and disaster recovery in Windows 7/XP/Vista and Linux - EASEUS

<http://www.todo-backup.com/>

No problems since.

Regards....Mike Connor

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After upgrading to the Win 8.1 upgrade I can no longer find the full backup selection and clicking on the change backup settings only shows a little clock. Has the backup function been removed from win 8.1?

A:No System Image or Backup affter upgrading to Windows 8.1

Yes it has been removed.
Something I used for all these years...

See the note (about 8.1) in the tutorial:
System Image - Create in Windows 8
File history can make a refresh image if requested or you use third party programs.

Welcome to EightForums!

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I have my system setup to where I try not to store anything on the C drive. My E drive, which is another separate drive, is where I keep all of my user data and I have a few non-system related programs installed (some portable, some via an installer) over there. I have my iTunes folder configured to store on the E drive as well. I also configured Windows to store my Favorites folder there. The idea was to not have any data I care about on the C drive unless I couldn't put it on the E drive. The problem I'm running into is that Windows Backup (WBU) wants to backup my C drive *and* my E drive. And it doesn't give you a choice to not back it up. But, I don't want it to back up the E drive because I have another mechanism for backing that up (I don't image it because it is very large and I have specific folders identified with precious data that I backup using other means). I like to use WBU to make the system image of the C drive because it is convenient to use in a restoration because it is integrated with Windows Restore. So, yes, I know I could just NOT use Windows Backup, I've read numerous posts in here about people hating on WBU, but I really want to keep using it. So, on my E drive there is a "Program Files" folder and a "Program Files (x86)" folder that I manually created. And as I alluded to earlier, there is a Favorites folder that has the actual Windows icon (so I believe the system truly knows it is there). What I could use some help w... Read more

A:Windows Backup includes C + E drive in system image. Why?

frank479, welcome to the forums. Following the tutorial backup

step six should be where you choose only the c drive

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Hello,

I have the following issue. I have backed up drive letter C; which has windows 8.1 on it using recovery-> system image backup and selected partition Gthe same HDD). I then realized that I am running out of space on that partition. Right click on WindowsSystemImageBackup folder (partition G-> Properties => show 0 bytes. But that partition has some very little space after backing up. So I think that the backup image is not 0 at all. If I double click it it ask me to provide admin permission...

So, my question: How do I move the backup to an external HDD. Can I just cut+paste it? Or it will now work anymore? Also, if I have other pc (same configuration) will I be able to restore it on that pc using my extrenal HDD.

Thank you in advance.

A:Windows 8 system image backup move to another disk

I suggest you try - Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download - {The Standard version}
It's so much easier than what you are doing.

Someone here will probably come along with advice on how you are doing things.

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Please help!

I try to restore system image to the new HDD, what replaced brocken.
I have system image files on external hdd connected to USB
I used repaire disk, original disk, control panel method, but Windows cannot find the files(system images).
I see the files when I go to "Browse drivers".
I see the files when I attache the files as VHD in disk manager

What I do wrong?!!!

I spend 6 hours today without any results ... please, help ...

A:Windows cannot find system image backup files

Have a read of this tutorial:

System Image Recovery

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My laptop has been backing up once a week fine (except for an error about a missing file that is on the target drive, not the backup drive) for months. In the past few days, it has suddenly failed with repeated attempts to backup, it always stalls at 57% while creating a system image. I've tried a clean boot, same results. I'm backing up to a network drive (USB hard drive attached to the router), 274GB free of 458 total, and the total backup size has been pretty small as no heavy data is kept on the computer.

Lenovo SL510
Windows 7 Professional

Any thoughts on why the sudden failure?

A:Windows backup stalls when creating a system image.

I had this problem, and following advice on another forum, I plugged my Usb3 portable hard drive into a Usb2 slot instead. It then worked, don't know why!

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Hi,

If you created a backup on an external HDD WITHOUT selecting the Include a System Image of Drives box at the bottom of the Backup & Restore Window via Control Panel, is it possible that BY DEFAULT Windows 7 includes a system image in that backup? Is there a super-compressed version of the system image hiding somewhere in the backup folder?
If so, where in the backup folder would it be stored?

By the way, the method of 'backup' was by copying and pasting the Administrator's folder
to an external HDD.

THANK YOU for your assistance!!!

A:Is a System Image included in Windows Backup by DEFAULT?

Hello Largy,

Sorry, but no. If you do not check the Include a System Image of Drives box, then a system image will not be included to be created along with the Windows Backup.

If all you did was manually copy and paste the Administrator's folder to an external HDD, then that is not part of Windows Backup.

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Hi all i can't get windows 8.1 system image to burn to my backup drive it says access denied for some reason or another, and i can't get it to burn to dvd-r ether any help here would be awesome as i want to do a image of my drive.

A:Windows 8.1 system image will not burn to my backup drive

Try Macrium Reflect:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

After imaging all your local drives on a usb drive add the Macrium boot option to startup.
See picture:

I saved my image to a 32 GB usb.
You may or may not need a bigger one.

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I have a bit of a quandary.

I am going to upgrade to Windows 8 Consumer Preview, so before doing so I backed up Windows 7 as a system image to my external hard drive. In doing so, I forgot that a system image includes all the files on the drive, which means it backed up about 700 GB worth of data. That's OK except I already had those files backed up individually, so now my external drive is basically out of space for future use.

Instead, what I'd like to do, is do a system image of factory state without having to lose the files already on my drive. Is that possible?

I could always go back to factory condition, and save the system image, but then I'd have to re-add all my programs and files after I get the Windows 8 upgrade completed. I'd rather not have to do that unless it's an emergency.

Anyone know of a way I can create a system image of the Windows 7 factory state? Thanks in advance.

A:Windows System Image (factory state) Backup

I'd consider using Macrium Reflect free edition. I'm guessing your computer has a hidden recovery partition on the C: drive containing the factory settings. Macrium would let you select just that partition for imaging. Also a tutorial on how to use Macrium.

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Macrium Version 5.0 - Tutorial update

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Hardware: Dell Inspiron 1545 laptop, includes single HDD 320 GB
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64 bit, all MS updates applied.
External HDD: Argosy HD260T 120 GB, USB 2.0
 
Symptoms: Quick format of the external HDD (NTFS) followed by system image creation using the CONTROL PANEL>BACKUP & RESTORE facility within Windows.  Approx 64 GB space is required.  The process runs for about 20 minutes and approx 60% completed on the progress bar, when the progress bar turns red and the warning ‘Backup failed, incorrect function (0x80070001)’ appears.
 
Tried the following (some are suggestions from other forums):
Rebooting laptop several times.
Running CHKDSK on both internal and external HDD.
Running CCleaner cleaner and registry repair.
Scan using Avast antivirus 2014, and Malwarebytes, both with latest definitions.
From CMD prompt, run DIR /AL /S, which gave 95 ‘junctions’.  Each junction was checked in Properties of Windows Explorer to ensure it was a File Folder and not a Mounted Volume.
Using DISKMGMT.MSC, make the C: OS partition active (there are 3 partitions – 39 MB OEM, 14 GB repair E:, remainder OS C:).  This caused a BOOTMGR MISSING error on next boot up, which I could only fix by booting from a system repair DVD and following instructions to repair the OS.  I think this is when the Repair E: partition was created.
Roll back to earliest System Restore Point available (only a few days old!).
 
Previ... Read more

A:0x80070001 error during Windows 7 system image backup.

Hi NipNip1964,
 
The problem you describe seems to be the same as Issue 1 in this Microsoft Support Article - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/973455 -.  Follow the workaround detailed in the article see if that helps.

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Hi there. I have a system image on my external HDD made by W7 Backup & Restore utility on my old computer. Now I am using a new machine and would like to delete my old system's system image but do not know how to properly do so.

Since I have not ran a backup yet on my new machine, there is not option for "manage space" in the backup & restore utility

A:How to properly delete Windows 7 backup System Image

Delete the folder WindowsImageBackup, it deletes all earlier images. When you then create the first image on your new computer, this folder is re-created.

Kari

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My hard drive crashed, and I had to get a new hard drive. I am trying to restore the system image and files I backed up from the old HD. I can restore the files from the external backup drive, but I can't get the system image restored. Has anyone else had problems doing this? Any suggestions?

A:Windows 7 backup and restore system image not working

I didn't have any luck on a friends Win backup Image program, it looked like it might have restored the image but didn't in the end.

I ended up having to do another fresh install.... Now use a paid for 3rd party program that has worked great for me.

In all of my searching, I haven't found anything good about it's backup features or the transfer wizard.... sorry!!

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I am trying to use the Windows System Image tool to create a backup image of my system drive in case something messes up so I wouldn't have to completely reinstall but I could just restore this backup, but there is a problem. When choosing what drives to include, Windows makes system drives mandatory. This would be understandable if it limits it to the C drive on my windows 7 system, but I have a dual boot system, so it has made my XP system drive mandatory too, and I only want to backup my W7 C drive. As you can see, I can't unclick it. How can I only backup the W7 C drive without the XP drive?


 

A:The windows System Image backup defaults too many drives?

This might not happen if you remove the drive letter assignment from XP partition when in Win 7.

If Win 7 won't let you (which will happen if your Win7 boot files are on the XP partition), or maybe you want to access data on the XP partition from Win 7, then you either

(a) live with it
(b) use a different drive image product. There are many to choose from, some with a free version - although possibly more limited in capability.

My advice would be to ignore Acronis, btw - used to be market leader, has since fallen in a swamp and is liable to drown you. Check out this site where a lot of knowledgeable discussion about the whole subject goes on http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=97

On there, is a discussion that the built-in windows backup is a dud anyway - no future, no compression, no.......quite a long list www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=350601

For a dual-boot system (I have the same myself), an excellent solution is BootItBM which includes bundled partition management and DOS drive imaging (I bought the speciall bundle, includes Image for Windows as well). http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/index.htm With that you can have a multi-boot setup which installs automatically, hides the drives you don't want to see, and gives you all the drive imaging you might want also, with or without rebooting. It's consequently a little more complex than say Macrium or Paragon once you go beyond the automatic basics.
 

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I have a system image created in Vista with external, internal hard drive is done. i replaced internal and installed windows 7. Can i use any of the information from this system image backup? Is there anyway to read the drive and pick out some of the important files? i don't need the whole system restore but would like as much of the old info as possible.

i am a computer novice so any help would be much appreciated.

thanks

A:created system image in Vista now have windows 7. how can i use backup

Hello fishtag Welcome to the Seven Forums!

Were you running the Business or Ultimate edition of Vista previously or use a 3rd party imaging software to create the image with? As far as restoring any full image a second hard drive available would be one option for a 3rd party program while 7 will not be able to restore an image created by the previous version.

If you used a 3rd party program and have that installed presently on 7 the program may have the option for mounting the image as a virtual drive where you can easily access the files. The feature allows the user to add or remove files from any image created rather then creating a totally new one just to see more files added. As for more programs then a totally new image would be required.

If you had created the image with the backup option in the Vista Business or Ultimate edition a fast temp install of Vista to a second drive would allow the image to be restore there long enough to retrieve the files you want to keep and use on 7. Here I have a second OS drive here used to test image integrity as well as retrieve files when not running a beta like the next version of Windows to come there. It also can serve as a second drive to store system images on as well.

One guide for gaining access to a full image backup made with Vista suggests using the MS Virtual PC 2007. Use Virtual PC 2007 to access a Complete PC Backup image in Vista | TechRepublic

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I am trying to get a feel for what windows backup actually does.

A:What's the difference between windows backup/system image and Ghost?

Hello bags and welcome to Seven Forums.

Windows backup combines a file and folder backup with an optional system image.
You can also create an image separately by using the Create a system image link on the Backup and Restore dialogue. A system image is a copy of everything in one or more partitions, usually those containing windows that allow you to restore the Operating system and any data on the partitions to the way it was when the image is taken. The file and folder backup is just what it says a backup of the user data files and folders.

By Ghost I presume you mean Norton Ghost. It is a third party solution to imaging a system.

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I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64 on a Lenovo T430u, and I would love to reinstall a clean copy of Windows without all the bloatware that came preinstalled (not to mention the ~15G of recovery partitions). But I do want to create an image of the OEM partitions in case I need to revert the drive to factory status at some point in the future.

I am running Windows "Create a system image" tool right now, and I did select all three partitions for it to back up (System_drv, Windows7_OS, and Lenovo_Recovery). I have never used Windows-made images before, so I want to be sure that this is essentially an image of the whole drive (including MBR, etc), so when the time comes if I need to restore to factory settings I can do so by restoring this image and the three partitions. Is this the case?

I'm also installing Macrium free at the moment if that would be a better tool for this job.

thanks. I attached a screenshot of Disk Management if that is needed. You can ignore the Blue ( D: ) drive as that's my external USB backup drive.

A:Creating system image of all partitions with Windows Backup

I would use Macrium. It is more robust. Just check all partitions or the whole disk. Make yourself a WinPE recovery CD also. Here is a tutorial that may be helpful.

Imaging with free Macrium

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Hello eightforum users, I am a new member.

I own an OEM Machine which is from Acer.

To ask what is probably well known amongst IT pro's; does a system image backup solution (and consequently a restore from that image if needs be) work on OEM PC's, like a desktop from Acer, actually work without problems, and would I get a proper bootable and working machine after restoration.

Brief scenario - I have used Acronis TI 2014 (Or even the Windows 8.1 system image utility) to create an image of my C: Drive/EFI Partition/Recovery Partition - and backed it up to an external USB HDD.

My OS crashes for whatever reason and I can't boot.

I then either use my Acronis bootable media CD (which I've tested and boots despite all the secure boot/UEFI/GPT mania going about users like myself) to reinstall the Acronis disk image.

OR I use a Widnows 8.1 bootable disk with the ISO (which I've tested to boot) to reinstall the Windows created system image. (I could also use the recovery drive I created in Win 8.1, which just to add, however irrelvanat it might be, includes my OEM factory default partition which was copied as part of the recovery flash drive creation)

Would either of those restore solutions give me a reasonably likely working PC again - taking into account all the stuff I don't understand like the Windows 8.1 OEM key being on the motherboard (which I would understand in terms of Windows activation and authentication could have a negative impact on restoring images ov... Read more

A:Windows 8.1 - System Image Backup Solution; Fine Details

If you make an image backup of your drive with Acronis, you can use that image to recover to exactly what it was, the OS, programs, data, partitions etc. It will be exactly the same. I use Acronis Premium and it saved my bacon on a couple of occasions.

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Hello all,

I'm going to attempt to create a System Image for the first time with Windows Backup so when I need to reformat I can have the image handy.

My question is this, I'm using 64kb cluster-size on my install drive. Will using the System Tools disc to restore the System Image correctly restore the partition with the 64kb cluster size on its own?

Should I choose the "format and repartition" option if so, or leave it unchecked? What is the difference?

I've googled around and haven't found any discussion on this. Thank you for any input.

A:Restoring Windows Backup System Image & Cluster Size

My guess is that the image is independent of the clusters and you needn't be concerned with it---just as you don't have to be concerned about file systems when installation an application or saving a Word document. The image is just another file, regardless of the underlying file system.

Wait for another opinion--I've just made an educated guess.

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I have seen solutions to this error when it occurs during creation of a System Image, but I receive it when running a restore of a system image.  Here are the parameters of the problem:
System: Getac rugged laptop with SSD fitted in place of an HDD.  It was running Windows 7 with SP1 before the failed restore.
The System boots using Windows repair disk, but the OS has been trashed by failed restore, so normal boot brings up a missing OS error.
The System image is held on 3 DVDs.
Invoking System restore prompts for DVD #3 to identify the restorable images.
Selecting image for restore prompts for DVD #1.
Approx. 20 mins and 20% into restore, the error message 'Windows backup error accessing remote shared folder 0x8078015B' displays and the restore bombs out.
This process is 100% repeatable and is not dependent on whether the 'reformat and repartition' check box is checked or clear.
There is only one image on the DVD set from which to select the image to restore.
As the BIOS had been updated to lock down (disable) Bluetooth and WiFi for use in a secure environment, the BIOS has been returned to factory defaults in case this was the cause of the problem.

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I am currently storing my users and program files folders in separate drives. I use system image to keep my C: backed up. But windows system image forces me to store the program files (x86)* and users drive as well, defeating the whole point of keeping different drives.

I know about Macrium and Paragon, which can image backup just one drive, but I was wondering if there was a tool that generates windows system images in such a way that I can use Windows RE itself to restore the image, using "system image restore". Basically I want to backup using 3rd party tools, and restore using Windows tools.

Possible?

Any other solutions to this?

A:(Windows system image backup)-compatible imaging program

Bump!

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Hi. I got a new 2TB drive which I would like to create a system image on as backup. My problem is that when I try to create a system image, Windows is checking two drives to backup. One drive is my C drive, and the other is my SSD which technically has an install of Windows on it but due to some error with the boot sector, I am unable to boot from the SSD.

So, a little background. I was running Windows from my SSD when after a Windows Update, the SSD's secondary boot sector got messed up and I could no longer boot from the drive. I then reinstalled Windows on my HDD, which is the drive I currently use to boot up. Note that the SSD still works-- I can access all the OS files that are on it; I just can't boot off the drive.

I recently found out that the S.M.A.R.T. status of the drive I'm currently booting off of is "Warning," which is why I bought a new 2TB drive to replace it. My goal is to create a system image on a partition I created on the 2TB drive, then use that system image to copy onto the SSD and start using the SSD as my boot up drive again (assuming a format will solve that boot sector issue).

Thus we're back to my current issue where I can't create a system image unless I backup both my C drive and the SSD because apparently the SSD is required for Windows to boot up. I tried marking the SSD as Inactive in hopes that Windows would stop requiring it to backup, but that just broke my PC because it would tell me that BOOTMGR is missing and then I'd be stu... Read more

A:Windows requiring backup of 2 drives to create system image

Nevermind-- I was able to resolve the issue. Had to unplug all drives except for the one I wanted to boot off of and then run Startup Repair. That allowed me to boot up without my SSD.

Windows ended up not letting me restore a system image to a blank drive (my SSD) though so I had to copy my OS partition to the SSD using Partition Master, and then run Startup Repair again to make the drive bootable.

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I really don't know the best way to phrase this situation but here goes... the QUESTION part should have been last but in case you don't want to read the background (or don't need to) I put it first.

QUESTION:

How can I make a System Image of a secondary hard drive? I.e. one that is not currently running Windows and is instead connected as an additional local disk (so, for example, have Windows running off of the C drive but make a System Image of the D drive, which also has a Windows partition).

Background:

One of my desktop's hard drives failed last week. It can't load windows, but it can appear as another local disk when plugged into another desktop (via SATA cable) AND I can still access the files on the failed hard drive this way. I was able to transfer my essential files (documents, schoolwork, music, etc...) but I know that when I get a new hard drive, install Windows, and transfer my stuff back, I'll still be missing a lot of "program files" type of stuff. (Again, don't know how to say this... I mean like system-specific runtime files and registry entries, maybe?)

One example of this a DJ software that makes playlist files with music and integrated transitions, effects, etc... however the software must have access to the music index/path to manipulate the songs within the program and playlist files. The playlist files are proprietary to the system on which they were first created (in this case on the now-failed hard drive), so when I tried to... Read more

A:Creating System Image (Backup) on the non-Windows Hard Drive

You might want to give this great program a go:
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download
Once you make an image you can mount it and extract what you want. If your old HDD has corruptions and in particular file system corruptions you may have problems but it's worth a go.
This tutorial may help
Imaging with free Macrium

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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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The other day when my Win7 Home Premium desktop failed to boot into Windows, but only to the Repair Options screen, I had to decide between using my two-year old Windows System Image backup file or reinstall Win7 from my original retail DVD. I also decided that this was a good time to install a new, larger drive to use as C:, and let the original drive become D:. Although using the system image was recommended to me by a couple of people, I felt that a two-year old image on the new drive was too out of date, and so I opted to do a fresh install of Win7.

In fact, I found this reinstall to be a fairly painless operation... lengthy, with numerous updates (including SP1) and the subsequent machine restarts, but mostly just a case of clicking OK buttons. Other than an initial network driver to gain access to the Internet, all other drivers were downloaded and installed by Windows Update.

I had previously made a list of my two Program Files folders, so I knew what applications to install, as well as my Start Menu entries. With the exception of the operating system, all my applications are Open Source or freeware (such as Visual Studio Express) and readily available online. It was a good opportunity to "refresh" the entire system. ALthough I had recent backups, all my personal data files were still available on the old drive, and easily copied over to the new drive.

Since both options basically wipe whatever is on the drive, it got me wondering about the advantages, if ... Read more

A:Windows System Image Backup vs. Windows Reinstall.

Most people that use Backup Imaging create an image periodically.
How often is a personal choice.
For me a monthly "OS" backup is usually enough, for the Patch Tuesday cycle.
If I want to try out a new program I usually create a Backup Image so I can quickly back it out if it causes problems.

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I could make System Image onto USB Solid State disk with my earlier Windows 10 version. However, after doing the upgrade to Windows 10 Aniversary Edition, my USB drive is no longer considered as a valid backup location!
Plse advice! tkx
Ton

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I have a suite of Windows 7 workstations on which I now cannot do a system image backup, although I used to be able to when I first installed them. The backup target is the D: drive of one of a pair of 2008 R2 Foundation servers (either one). Once I've selected the target server and drive from the "Select a Network Location" dialogue, and entered appropriate credentials there, back on the "Where do you want to save the backup?" dialogue, when I click the "Next" button, I just get a message box "An error has occurred: The parameter is incorrect. (0x80070057). Close Windows Backup and try again". Needless to say, that doesn't help.

I've come across many threads on this and other forums with similar problems, but none of the suggestions I found (like setting the locale to use '.' as the decimal place, increasing the virtual memory to a preposterous size, or running CHKDSK) have helped.

I know malware is not the problem since these workstations and the servers are on a closed network with no external connections at all, and all removable media are disabled.

Configuration:
Workstations:
HW: Dell Precision T3500
HDD: RAID 1 mirrored array of Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA II
NWIF: Intel PRO/1000 PT link aggregated dual 1 Gbaud NIC
OS: Win 7 64 bit Pro SP1

Servers:
HW: Dell Poweredge R210
HDD: RAID 1 mirrored array of Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA II
NWIF: Broadcom dual 1 Gbaud on MBrd
OS: Server 2008 R2 Foundation

A:Windows System Image Backup Fails to Start (error code 0x80070057)

OK, folks, riddle me this if you can:

I fixed this problem as a by-product of fixing another one, apparently unrelated, which was that I couldn't access the workstation's DVD drive - I just kept getting the dreaded "Access is denied" mantra. In my searching, I came across a suggestion to uninstall the drive and reinstall it. Seems kinda extreme, but it would certainly initialise its security settings.

Well I did it, and sure enough I now have full access to the drive, but then when I opened the Backup toolbox to create a new system repair disk, I found the backup to my system servers is now working, along with correctly identifying the DVD drive and an external USB HDD I have connected as usable backup devices (which it didn't before).

It makes about as much sense to me as getting your TV to work by turning the kitchen tap on, but there you go - that's Windows for you.

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I have a suite of Windows 7 workstations on which I now cannot do a system image backup, although I used to be able to when I first installed them. The backup target is the D: drive of one of a pair of 2008 R2 Foundation servers (either one). Once I've selected the target server and drive from the "Select a Network Location" dialogue, and entered appropriate credentials there, back on the "Where do you want to save the backup?" dialogue, when I click the "Next" button, I just get a message box "An error has occurred: The parameter is incorrect. (0x80070057). Close Windows Backup and try again". Needless to say, that doesn't help.

I've come across many threads on other forums with similar problems, but none of the suggestions I found (like setting the locale to use '.' as the decimal place, or running CHKDSK) have helped.

I know malware is not the problem since these workstations and the servers are on a closed network with no external connections at all, and all removable media are disabled.

Configuration:
Workstations:
HW: Dell Precision T3500
HDD: RAID 1 mirrored array of Seagate Barracuda 500GB SATA II
NWIF: Intel PRO/1000 PT link aggregated dual 1 Gbaud NIC
OS: Win 7 Pro SP1

Servers:
HW: Dell Poweredge R210
HDD: RAID 1 mirrored array of Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA II
NWIF: Broadcom dual 1 Gbaud on MBrd
OS: Server 2008 R2 Foundation

A:[SOLVED] Windows System Image Backup Fails to Start (error code 0x80070057)

Hi and welcome to TSF please see this "0x80070057" error message when you back up files in Windows 7

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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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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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My system:
Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
C-drive is a 250GB Plextor SSD
Acronis True Image 2011

Background:
I setup a weekly scheduled disk image of my system drive (C that gets sent to an external HDD (4TB). This was working very well for months with incremental backups most of the time and a full backup every five or six weeks. I recently noticed that my backups haven't been happening since mid-August. No errors or anything. They're just not running.

I opened Acronis and tried to run a backup manually. But when I click the Back Up button, nothing would happen. I recreated my backup scheme as a new backup and ran that. It runs, but my computer slows to a crawl and eventually (within minutes) nothing responds to my clicks in or out of Acronis. The hard drive light on the case lights up, and even after I've let it run for several hours, it never finishes. I have to reset the computer to get it back up and running again.

Changing compression levels or priorities doesn't make a difference.

I installed Macrium Reflect and tried running the same disk image backup there, but I had the same problem.

I also tried doing the backup using Windows backup program. The backup doesn't slow down or crash my computer, but it does fail at the end of the process. I get this error:

One of the backup files could not be created.
Details: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.
Error code: 0x8078002A

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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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. 
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

AND

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.

AND

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 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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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 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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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

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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)?



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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