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Q: Creating system image questions.

I made a system image with the built in feature of Windows 7 following this tutorial Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Today I made another but the first one made was erased and replaced with the new one. According to the tutorial Windows automatically erases older images once they take up more than 30% of the space on the back up location. I only had the one image on there and it was no where near 30% of the space. Why was my older image erased?

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Preferred Solution: Creating system image questions.

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Creating system image questions.

Welcome

It seems that it only makes one and deletes the other, always.

In any event this is what you do.

Make a system image, now. Put it on an external hard drive and forget about it.. Every month make a new one and keep it on the Hard Drive in the computer.

As time goes by you may need to use the image, because of a virus or your hard drive went down, either way you cannot or should not use the one on the internal. Wow, you have problems. Wait you made one and put it away.

You can use this for image.
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

Good Luck

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Hi
I want to use the "windows system image backup tool" to an external hard drive which is a backup that already contains
other folders from several computers that I need to keep.
Ive never done this B4 so these are baby questions ; )
Question:
Will the image creator erase any of that info already stored on the external drive if I backup the system image to that drive?
Question:
is the windows image creator a good tool to do this (any problems with it that are known)?

is there some better image backup creator? if so which and why?

any help appreciated

A:Questions about creating a system Image backup - a bit coinfused

While I do not know about Windows 10 backup/restore utilities, I do know Macrium Reflect [free and pay-for]. MR will not delete anything on your ext HD unless you "tell it to do so" via its purging choices. I recommend two ext HDs getting your OS and data partitions backups.

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I recently had problems with BSOD. I was able to fix the underlying cause, but this got me nervous. So I am thinking of starting a program of periodically creating system images of my laptop - both the C & D drives - so that I could restore my system in the event of hardware failure. Make sense?
 
I have some questions to make sure that I understand the underlying System Image & Repair disk process, & also when I would use a Windows 7 ISO image.
 
(1) Am I correct that when I restore from a system image of both C & D drives, that both drives are **totally** recreated?
 
(2) Will I still have a legal copy of Windows 7 when I restore using the system image?
 
(3) Should I make sure that I have a repair disk before I restore from system image? If so, why?
 
(4) Is it necessary to periodically recreate a repair disk? Or once a repair disk is created, it is good for any future repair that may be needed?
 
(5) There are sites where one can download a Windows 7 ISO image.   
    (i) Am I correct that restoring from this image just installs Windows 7 and no other programs? 
    (ii) Will I still have a legal copy of Windows 7 when I restore using a Windows 7 ISO image? 
    (iii) When would I restore using a Windows 7 ISO image rather than restoring from a System Image?
    (iv) What is the recommended site to download a Windows 7 ISO image?
 
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A:Windows 7 - System Image, Repair Disk, & ISO Image Questions

Users have (at least) two ways to go to overcome those unforeseen problems that occur.
 
a.  Make clones of the hard drive reflecting the O/S.
 
b.  Use backup software which creates a file which can be restored, item for item.
 
I have done both at some time...right now, I prefer making a clone of my O/S (dual-boot) partitions...while backing up data files on extra hard drives I have lying around.  User preference determines whether a user backs up...or creates a cloned image.
 
You might take a look at Macrium Reflect, a program that seems to do each pretty well.
 
Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download - http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
 
Those ISO files of Windows 7...are covered by this pronouncement here at BC:  Recommending ISOs of Windows Recovery Discs or pre-made ISOs of WinPE-BartPE - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic382841.html .
 
In addition to being illegal...those .iso files...or any file NOT obtained from a legal, authorized source...are subject to reflect code, errors, malware...or something else that the user has not bargained for, IMO.  If I were a malware misanthrope...that would be my favorite vector...giving an unknowing public something "for free" that they have no desire to legitimately obtain.
 
Louis

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Hey guys,

I have a laptop with a 500GB HDD of which approx 70GB i is used space

I am wanting to install an SSD in place of the HDD.

Can i create an image of my HDD using Win7 backup and restore and copy this over to the new SSD without any issues?

Someone told me that my SSD may not be able to tell the difference between used space and free space if i do it this way

Thanks

A:Creating system image of HDD for re-image to SSD

I wouldn't trust the Windows image system, but rather this:
SSD - Install and Transfer the Operating System

Or this with a free program, Macrium Reflect.
Imaging with free Macrium
the better way though with a new SSD is to do a clean install after making a back up of all your data, disconnect all other disk drives though.

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hi,

I tried to take a system image today for a newly installed windows and was surprised that it offered me to create an image for C: and E: listing E: as a system drive and no option to change... with E: really being a full 500 gb separate disk. it has no system files that I know of... why is it doing this?

A:Non-system drive appearing when creating system image.

Hello hatemf23,

If you moved or turned on a page file to/for the E: drive, or moved your user folders to the E: drive, then it would be considered a system drive and would be included in a system image by default without being able to unselect it.

In addition, could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing your HDD's layout to see if anything may stand out as why this may be.

Hope this may help some,
Shawn

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Windows 7 Ultimate.

After my problems reported elsewhere, I decided to make a system image after I got things working. This was recommended by inference by one of the gurus who responded to my questions.

So I got the system up again and I needed to learn about system images. So I hit F1 and read about creating a system image. Clicked here, clicked there, specified by external hard drive and told it to only include my system drive C:. Whir, whir, whir . . .. system image created.

Now, I've cleaned the system of any possible Malware, so I want to create a new image of my system drive. So, I click here, click there and specify my external hard drive but NOW it won't let me include only drive C:, it wants to include my data drive, E:. The check box for E: is greyed out so I can't uncheck it.

Any suggestions? Any idea of what is going on here? Or what I did I click incorrectly.

A:Creating system image?

Hello Barnabas,

Did you move anything like your user profile folder, user folders, page file, etc... to the E drive?

If you did, then that will make your E drive a system drive. By default, all system drives are included in a system image, and they cannot be deselected since they are required for Windows 7 to be able to run properly.

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Hello

I want create system image which will contain pre-installed aplications and few languages to choose.
I'm thinking to use Paragon Backup & Recovery, but i have questions:

How drivers situation will look like ?
I want create image on one machine and use on other PCs with different configurations (hardware etc)
I'm planning not to install any (custom) drivers on my machine.
So question is:
Is there could be any drivers confict ?
I'm asumming that, when custom drivers are not installed (installation out of the box), general "plug&play" drivers will be used ?
And final question.
Do i need to format and create partitions on other machines hard drivers before restore my image ?
Or Paragon will format or will give me option to set partitions on drive ?

A:Creating system image

Perhaps with SYSPREP.

See:

Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep

System Preparation Tool - Use to Customize Windows

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

I am not sure which one you would need. I asked Kari, the creator of those tutorials, to give a comment. Hopefully he will advice you further if possible.

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i want to create a system image.. but the problem is that my windows partition contains 74 gb of data...i will be storing the image on DVDs .... so i would like to know that will the image be compressed (so that it takes lesser DVDs) or will it be of the same size as my windows partition is?

A:creating system image

Please check this tutorial before you start to create your backup.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

I certainly wouldn't recommend data compression as it can lead to problems when restoring your system from the backup, but I would recommend you use an external hard drive rather than separate DVDs. If just one DVD is scratched or corrupted in any way, the complete backup will become worthless and unusable.

If you want to use DVDs, check here: http://www.pagestart.com/win7bckuprstrdvd071910b.html

Restoring from an image: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...m-image-backup

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When my Win 7 computer was new I created a System Image (In Backup & Restore). Is it necessary to keep updating this backup or having created the System Image is that it?

Mind you having read some of the posts here I wonder if it is worth it.

Thanks for any advice.

A:Creating a System Image.

It would be worth keeping up to date backups.

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Hi, I'm creating a system image on my laptop. Is it safe to use my computer while creating a system image?

A:Creating System image

I wouldn't, just because i don't like anything interferring while it's doing it's thing. That's just me though

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Hello, new to forum and new Win 8 user. I have tried creating a system image using this program but without success. I have an Asus X202E laptop and am trying to create the image on a 1TB USB hard drive. Everything goes well for a few seconds after the backup starts (the progress bar goes about 10% through) but it then halts and gives an error message: "There is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location....". I have directed the backup to an empty 500GB partition on the hard drive so there should be ample space. Have tried the same procedure with another USB hard drive with the same result.

BTW, both hard drives show up normally in windows explorer.

It would be much appreciated if anyone could help me with this.

A:I have tried creating a system image

Hello NoSmoke, and welcome to Eight Forums.

How much free space do you have on the Windows drive/partition?

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I have created an early system image and would like to create another one, after using the machine for a while. I found that if I create another system image it will overwrite the earlier one. That would defeat the purpose of having that early system image. Is there a way around this?

A:creating a system image

Yes, don't use w7 backup. Try this instead, very reliable. Imaging with free Macrium

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I've just spent three hours burning a system image onto 5 DVD's and it came back with the message;
The backup failed

(with a red progress bar across the screen)

The disk structure is corrupted and unreadable. (some numbers)

close

What can I do, I can't see how I could have done anything differently?

H*lp

Thanks
 

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im trying to create a system image and backup of My OS Just my OS i was able to do it before but now it wont let me unchecked Data D: any ideas?

A:creating system image

You've made an "oops!", and your D partition includes the bootmgr on it. How you got there, that is unknown, but your drive configuration when you installed windows was that of such that forced Windows to place the bootmgr files on your D partition.

The only way out of this is to backup the raw data on your D drive to an external source, delete the partition (which will undoubtedly require a restart of the bootmgr is on it), recreate the partition, and replace the files. You then should solve your problem.

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Sorry I have come back to these forums for advice but I find the info here invaluable.

If I create a system image using windows 7 ultimate of my C: and D: drive on my 1TB E: drive, will that be the best way to store and be able to retrieve a backup if any of my C: and D: drives fail?

A:Creating system image, the best?

There is a lot of backup software available. The one suggested, here, is macrium reflect. It is really individual taste that decides, however.

Back up on an EXTERNAL hard drive.

http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

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I am happy at where my pc is at right now all i do is use windows image creater and let it create its image? Also how long does this take should, or can i leave this going over night?

A:Creating System Image

Here's a tutorial for creating a system image. As for how long it should take, it depends on how much is being backed up but I don't think it will take all night.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Hello everyone!

I have a few quick questions regarding System Images...but first, let me give you a little background.

My HP Pavilion dm-4 has a bum hinge, so I'm sending it to HP for them to fix it. They told me that they typically test the computer before sending it back, and thus also perform a complete system recovery (to go back to factory settings). Obviously, they want me to backup my data.

So. It's question time:
1) Can I restore a "System Image" to get my computer back to its current state upon receiving my laptop back from HP? (is a system image just a duplicate of the hard drive?)
2) Are all hard drives capable of creating a System Image, or just some?
3a) Are there any Hard drives you guys recommend?
3b) My C: (local disk) capacity is 441GB (303GB Free) and my D: (RECOVERY) is 23.5GB (3.43GB Free). Does that mean I have to buy a Hard drive that is at least 465GB...or could I get one that's just 160-ish GB

Thanks is advance!

A:Creating and Using System Image Backups

I suggest using Disc Imaging Software.

Disk Imaging software takes a "snapshot" of your drive as it exists at the time you create the image. You can then restore the entire image or any file(s) or folder(s) you choose. It is a virtually foolproof way of backing up your system and providing a safe haven in the event of a catastrophe that requires you to blow away your system partition and restore it to a previous state. It also allows you to "test" various software and be confident that you have a the ability to return to the prior state any time you choose.
I use Acronis True Image. It is the best of breed, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect.

1) I create an image of my system partition once a week to a second hard drive and keep the 2 or 3 most recent images. I also image my other partitions about once a month. I always enable "verify image" in the options. It takes a little longer, but insures a valid image.
2) I also create an image before performing any drive level function (ie, changing the size of a partition) or making any significant change to the OS (installing a service pack, upgrading IE, etc). Also sometimes before installing new software.
3) Images may be created on any medium (cd, dvd, external drive, etc). For obvious reasons they should not be stored on the same drive you are imaging. The best option is a second internal hd if you have one.
4) Images may be created "in the background"... Read more

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

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

t-4-2

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

A:creating system image backup

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

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Hi

I understand that when saving the image to a network that the machine has to be Wins 7

I've tried saving it to a 64G iPod, get a msg requesting I name the external storage as.. ...yada yada

Is there something I'm missing here


Thanks

A:Trouble creating system image

The lower versions of Windows 7 cannot save to a network location. Professional is the lowest version the feature is available in.

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When I try to use windows 7 to make a ISO out of disk instead of an hard drive since none are ntfs format I always get a message saying please insert disk and lable it "" so I did do that then it ask if I want to format the dvd I click yes and then get message saying insert disk greater then 1GB and lable it. What is going wrong? These dvd's are 4GB

A:creating an system image disk using dvd's

You are trying to save a Win7 backup image to DVD, correct? Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Do you have another HD or external you can save the image on, because this is a much more stable method than trying to use DVD's.

Are the DVD's you're using new or RW which need erasing - try deleting and formatting them first in Computer.

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i did a clean install of windows 10 and now i am trying to do a system image and save it to usb but windows keeps saying this is not a valid location, my usb is a sandisk 64 gb formatted to the correct format that windows asks me to do .i have tried to do create a image on two usb flash drives but i keep getting the same error from windows that this is not a valid location . can anyone help me with this problem ?

A:problem creating system image

You might have more luck using Macrium Reflect which many people on this forum recommend for system backups.

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Hi, I created a few system images with windows 7 while installing updates and programs etc on a new install but when I reverted back to one of them after some experiments with installing windows updates I noticed that the windows update history was empty.

A:Creating a system image with windows

I suggest you look at the following free programs. All let you create a bootable CD or USB in order to recover a image to a computer that does not boot or to a new drive.

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Dumb question. I have two identical Lenovo Laptops which came with windows 8 and I upgraded them to 8.1. I use both and have them pretty much identical. They are the EXACT same laptops I got on sale 2 years ago.

This is not about windows 7 but there was no windows 8 or 8.1 option to post in.

My question is this: One of my Lenovo laptops is running much slower than the other one. Can I create a system image from the one that is running good, and then use that system image to restore the "OTHER" computer? I know how to create a system image, which I have done on the laptop that is running well, I just do not know if this is possible. I do have the microsoft product key for the laptop that is hopefully going to be restored.

thanks

A:Creating System Image From One Computer To Another? Help

I don't see why not and then if it runs right just change the product key inside the activation screen.

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Dumb question. I have two identical Lenovo Laptops which came with windows 8 and I upgraded them to 8.1. I use both and have them pretty much identical. They are the EXACT same laptops I got on sale 2 years ago.

This is not about windows 7 but there was no windows 8 or 8.1 option to post in.

My question is this: One of my Lenovo laptops is running much slower than the other one. Can I create a system image from the one that is running good, and then use that system image to restore the "OTHER" computer? I know how to create a system image, which I have done on the laptop that is running well, I just do not know if this is possible. I do have the microsoft product key for the laptop that is hopefully going to be restored.

thanks

A:Creating System Image From One Computer To Another? Help

I don't see why not and then if it runs right just change the product key inside the activation screen.

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hi its my first time to create my first system image in my windows 8 i wanna know if i can exclude a certain file if not how many blank cd's do i need i got 146GB used currently in my C drive and while creating a system image could it take the proccess an hour or more?

A:need help about creating a system image in windows 8

What is your primary objective, backing up personal files or the OS?

What utility/program are you using to create the system image? Windows 8 built-in utility (File History page) or third party program like Macrium, Acronis or other?

The windows built-in utility has limited functionality while third party programs offer many more options.

Considering you want to backup 146 GB +/- of data you might want to use a external USB HDD because 146 GB is going to use a lot of DVD's. Since you have a lot of personal files over and above the OS you might also want to consider creating a separate partition for your personal files which you could back-up separately.

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I did a clean reinstall of Windows 7 a couple of days ago, and now that it's all updated and tweaked to my liking, I'd like to make a System Image. I have a 1 TB external hard drive that I use for the purpose. The drive has plenty of free space on it (over 500 GB). I have been making System Images for years with this arrangement, and have never encountered the error I encountered today:

I tried it with system protection off for the external drive, as I've done for years. I also tried it with system protection on, and plenty of space allocated.

Any ideas what might be going on?

TIA...

A:Problem creating System Image

Did some searching and found that the problem was with the System partition not having enough room on it. I put the boot stuff on C: and got rid of the System partition - problem solved.

This also explains why I didn't have problems before: I never had a System partition, because I had always installed into a prepared formatted partition, and didn't let Windows set it up the way it wanted.

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I am running Windows 8.1, and maintenance is current. When I try to create a system image, I get an error message stating I do not have enough space for the system image. The error message and my disk configuration are in the attachment.

Help would certainly be appreciated because I simply do not understand why there is not enough space on a 1 TB WD My Passport Ultra external drive.

Thanks ...

A:Error Creating A System Image

If you continue to have problems with Windows Backup try using Easeus Todo Backup

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Hi all.
Well, I was trying to make a system image in the Backup and Restore center today and ran into an interesting error (see attached screenshot). I went into the Event Viewer and all of the warnings/errors regarding VSS and SPP come down to an error with the ASR Writer.
Here is what the event viewer says:

Code:
Volume Shadow Copy Service warning: ASR writer Error 0x80073bc3. hr = 0x00000000, The operation completed successfully.
.

Operation:
PrepareForBackup event

Context:
Execution Context: ASR Writer
Execution Context: Writer
Writer Class Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4}
Writer Name: ASR Writer
Writer Instance ID: {dce61b04-8d8f-4c5b-a88f-e29adb1f70a7}

Error-specific details:
ASR Writer: The requested system device cannot be found. (0x80073BC3)
This one error isn't the only error given, but it pretty much sums up the others. All of them refer to the ASR Writer giving error code 0x80073BC3.

This error is then given by the backup utility:

Code:
The backup operation that started at '‎2010‎-‎01‎-‎04T00:37:24.341000000Z'
has failed because the Volume Shadow Copy Service operation to create a shadow
copy of the volumes being backed up failed with following error code '2155348129'.
Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation
once the issue is resolved.
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A:Creating a System Image Fails

  
Quote: Originally Posted by kornfan71


Hi all.
Well, I was trying to make a system image in the Backup and Restore center today and ran into an interesting error (see attached screenshot). I went into the Event Viewer and all of the warnings/errors regarding VSS and SPP come down to an error with the ASR Writer.
Here is what the event viewer says:

Code:
Volume Shadow Copy Service warning: ASR writer Error 0x80073bc3. hr = 0x00000000, The operation completed successfully.
.

Operation:
PrepareForBackup event

Context:
Execution Context: ASR Writer
Execution Context: Writer
Writer Class Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4}
Writer Name: ASR Writer
Writer Instance ID: {dce61b04-8d8f-4c5b-a88f-e29adb1f70a7}

Error-specific details:
ASR Writer: The requested system device cannot be found. (0x80073BC3)
This one error isn't the only error given, but it pretty much sums up the others. All of them refer to the ASR Writer giving error code 0x80073BC3.

This error is then given by the backup utility:

Code:
The backup operation that started at '‎2010‎-‎01‎-‎04T00:37:24.341000000Z'
has failed because the Volume Shadow Copy Service operation to create a shadow
copy of the volumes being backed up failed with following error code '2155348129'.
Please review the event details for a solution, and then rerun the backup operation
once the issue is resolved.
I've searched around, and I most... Read more

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I have a Vaio laptop which came with a "recovery partition" (factory image). I have tried to create a system image to use with the System Repair Disk, in the event of a catastrophe, via Windows 7 Backup & Restore. I have a 3TB WD "My Book" external HDD, which is the destination location I've chosen to save the system image to.
In the "Confirm your backup settings window,
Backup location is D: My Book
"The following drives will be backed up" shows:
1. System Reserved (System),
2. (C:) System,
3. Recovery (System)
all of these are checked and I cannot uncheck any of them.
Windows begins making the image (backup), creates the folder "Windows Image Backup" on the external drive. It runs for about 5 minutes, then the progress bar turns completely red and I get the following Error:
"The backup failed.
One of the backup files could not be created. (0x8078002A)
Additional Information: The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error. (0x8007045D)"
I am wondering if this due to the "recovery partition" (factory image.)
If so, can I get rid of the recovery partition in Computer Management?
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
 
Thank you,
RC

A:Creating System Image Error

Hi Use Acronis True Image to do your backup 100% more reliable than the windows one-look at some software forums you can download the program with working serial.
Make a start up disk and boot using it -it will restore your system from a backup you have made with this program in about 20 mins.
cheers

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

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

A:Creating a System Image backup

Here you go.

System Image Recovery

It is better than ghost because it is free

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Hi, I was creating a system image with Windows built-in utility. It had been running for at least six hours and I think it may have been either finished or very close when my computer shut down due to a BSOD.

Is there any way to find out whether or not the image was finished and created successfully, or if not, is there a way to continue and finish writing the last little bit to salvage the image and have one that would work if I needed it to restore my computer?

The image was writing to an external HDD, and I think it had to erase/write over the previous image due to space considerations.

Please let me know if there is any kind of reliable resume function or at least a way to be sure if it was completed. Thanks so much for any advice!

A:BSOD at the end of creating system image!

My usual disclaimer: I'm not an expert at anything.

To the best of my knowledge the Windows 7 imaging tool will start from scratch the next time you try to make an image. If my memory is correct, during the imaging process you can cancel but not pause the process so there's no resume function. I also think that 6 hours is excessive to complete an image unless you're trying to image 500+ GB. On my machine the 7 utility takes about 30 minutes to image 45-50 GB. And as far as I know, the only way to know for sure if the image completed successfully is to try to restore your machine using that image. Not a very appealing thought if the image didn't turn out right.

You mentioned you might have written over a previous image due to available space on the external HD. My concern now is you have no usable image to work with. A couple of things you can try. Bite the bullet and erase the image file from the external HD, verify how much free space it now has, then try the Windows 7 utility again. Watch for the prompt telling you approximately how large the new image might be so you'll know if the HD has enough space. Another alternative is to try a different imaging program such as Macrium free. (Don't forget to make the companion system repair disk on a separate CD.)

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Hi
 
Please have a look at the screenshot attached. I am getting the following error while making a backup image !
 
thanks

A:Problem with creating a System Image

Hi juniorunit, and Welcome,
 
Where are you trying to copy the image to?.
 
Further reading
 
http://chicagotech.net/netforums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8283&sid=ca626e4cf18473f2d06d3bb0d9a0ba8e
 
Good luck 
 
Hedge

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Hi, I created a few system images with windows 7 while installing updates and programs etc on a new install but when I reverted back to one of them after some experiments with installing windows updates I noticed that the windows update history was empty.
 
There were definitely a couple of updates installed and showing in update history when the system image was created so I'm not sure why the history is empty after restoring the image. I thought this made an exact copy of the system drive and everything would be the same when the image was restored so I'm not sure what's happened.
 
It's not a big issue as I'll be reinstalling windows again on this laptop once I've figured out the correct process to get updated without telemetry so I'm just curious as to what's going on.
 
Is there a better utility for making a system image rather than using windows? I just want something that'll backup the whole drive the os is on once I've got the whole system setup so I can recover to this state in the future if need be without reinstalling the os, updates, programs and changing all settings back again.
 
I thought the windows system image utility would be fine for this but if it's missing the update history who knows what else is missing from the backup and I just don't trust it now.
 
Thanks.

A:Creating a system image with windows

I suggest you look at the following free programs. All let you create a bootable CD or USB in order to recover a image to a computer that does not boot or to a new drive.
 
Macrium Reflect Free
 
Aomei Backupper Standard
 
Easeus Todo Backup

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I notice when I create a system image under the RC in a dual boot (XP/RC) configuration, the XP drive is included in the drives selected for imaging and I can't seem to eliminate it. Is there a way not to have it included?

Thank you.

A:Creating System Image with Dual Boot

Choose the "Let me choose" option in Set Up backup screen. It'll then let u select what u want to backup.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Hi,
I started to use the "Create System Image" of the "Windows 7 File Recovery" on my Windows 8 laptop. But after the screen which flashes the total size that would be required, when I ask it to start the process expecting it to prompt me for the 1st DVD, it flashes the message, - "The back-up failed. The system is not ready. (0x80070015) " . I am trying this on an out-of-the-box laptop with pre-installed Windows 8. Also tried it by disabling the anti-virus, but to no avail.

Then I tried to start the process with a 4.7 GB blank DVD already in place. Then it flashed the message "Insert a blank media bigger than 1 GB". Since I expected it take anywhere between 3-8 DVDs, I kept about 9 DVDs ready. I also inserted a USB pen-drive of 16 GB and tried to create the system image. Again it flashed the same message of insert a blank media greater than 1 GB in F:\ (same drive as USB) -??????? I mean the USB is already in place and has been assigned the drive letter as F:\. How can I insert a blank media there ??

This has me totally puzzled and I would be obliged if someone could throw light on this. I am using Windows 8 Single Language. I was able create a repair disc without issues, though.

Regards,

Rakesh

A:Issues while creating Windows 8 System Image

Have you followed this tutorial?
System Image - Create in Windows 8

Also, how large is the backup you are making? I've generally only had good luck with the inbox Windows Backup utility when backing up to a second physical hard disk. If you need to do anything more than this very basic, consider something like Macrium reflect. Searching the eightforums.com site will net you posts relating to making system backups of Windows 8, for what it may be worth to you.

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Hi guys

I am trying to create a system image ready for installing a larger HDD (WD20EARX), but when using the Win7 wizard, the drive, Buffalo 500 USB External HDD, is not in the drop down selection box. The drive is there OK and can use it OK for normal work and there is over 450GB available. My original HDD is 160GB.

Can anyone help, or suggest actions?

MTIA - Ken

A:External HDD not recognised when creating a system image

Is the Buffalo 500 USB External HDD format in NTFS.

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Hi, I've recently reformatted my computer and I would like to make a backup drive this time around. However when I try and use the windows backup and restore it's always saying I don't have enough space. My understanding is that the problem is from my D: SYSTEM_DRV (120mb free, 1.17gb) not being able to create a shadow drive. I am not able to deselect it when I try to make a system image. I've looked at the problem from the site below. Fix the 0x80780119 error when creating a System Image in Windows 7 and 8 - TechRepublic Now I've also done some searching and that people have said that this SYSTEM_DRV is terribly important and that I can mess up my boot up if I delete it hence my fear. I have thought about merging it to my C drive as well as adding some unassigned space to it, neither of which could be done (even through third party partition software). Any help is appreciated, Thanks, Joe

A:Creating System Image, 0x80780119 error

Post a screenshot of disk management window.

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I am using Win 7 Pro 64. I have an external 1TB HD that works perfectly. I use it to backup data. My Win 7 "Disk Management" says the disk is healthy. I just scanned it with Malwarebytes Antimalware -- no issues, no infections. It's clean.

Here is the issue: When I attempt to create a system image -- using Windows 7 -- and select my 1TB HD as the target, it says that the drive is "corrupt." I do have other saved folders on the target disk. Is it possible that Window 7 is looking for a target that has no other data?

Here is the screen capture of my Disk Management analysis of the 1TB HD -- showing that it is as healthy as a horse:

So, sports fans, what is the problem and what is the solution?

Thanks for your help.

Louis

A:Creating a System Image to an External HD -- Issues with Win 7 Pro 64

Run chkdsk on the drive.

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I just had to "refresh" my computer which was painless until I had to spend the next 6 hours re-installing Windows updates, Sony updates and my programs. If I use Macrium Reflect to create a system image will I be able to use that to recover if it happens again?
 

A:Windows 8.1 creating System Image using Macrium

Yes

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Hi. I would like to know if I need to format my Disc before creating a System Image on a new CD or do I skip that part. How long does this take to do and approx how many Cds would I need?
I have an Acer Netbook Win7 32bit that I have set back to factory condition.

A:Do I need to format the Disc before creating a System Image?

I assume you mean DVDs rather than CDs.

Either is a poor choice on which to store a system image. They are prone to problems and not easily managed. Not to mention the low capacity. DVDs hold about 4.7 GB, so if you have 50 GB occupied on your C drive, it would take 11 disks at least.

I wouldn't even attempt it. If you insist on trying, I encourage you to have low confidence that you could restore successfully if you ever got in a jam and had to try.

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Hello,
I am trying to create a system image of a newly built laptop & it gets to approximately 90+% & just stalls there; no error, no freezing etc, it just sits there.
Ive searched for hours for a solution to no avail. One solution suggested the AV may block it. Ive disabled that and the same thing happens. Im trying to backup the image to an external drive (which Ive done many times before) and Ive tried several different hard drives.
Any advice would be appreciated.
 

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I Have Intalled XP SP3 and Windows7 fresh on C and E Drive With all Programms , Softwares and all needful things , Then I Planned to Make System Image at Last Night on DVD Media Every Thing get OK Up To 4 th Disk but at the Fifth Disk " Error varification of files on media failled " apperead and prompted me for another Disk , I have Instered and The process of Backing ( Creating Image ) started and it is still running for last 10 hours , Neither any error message appered or System Hang up Every thing running normally , I Cant Understand what is wrong To Write a DVD This much time should not be taken
can any one sugest any solution to this problem

A:Creating System Image Fails repetatly

Hi,

1 thing you could try is to backup onto a temporary folder on your hard disk (if possible) and see if the process finishes successfully. This will help narrow down the issue to either the drive or the disks
OS

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Hello all,
So, yesterday I attempted to create a system image on Windows 7 Home Premium. I got a fail error. Event viewer ID 8193, the error essentially read that VSS error regarding active and hidden partitions. I did some research on forums and a few pointed out
that if you have a dual boot system, Windows and Linux, same drive, 2 partitions and GRUB assigned as the main boot loader with windows chained, it will not be able to create image because VSS takes snapshots and the system has booted from the linux boot partition.
I do believe this is in fact the case with me because I had previously performed two system image back ups with no issues, but I have since, in fact, split my partitions and added linux as dual boot and I let GRUB be placed in the MBR as the bootloader.

One option is to re-install linux and put GRUB on its own boot partition as part of the linux partition. Or, use a program called EasyBCD to try and edit the BCDstore and make the windows bootloader the main bootloader and just point to the GRUB instead.
Neither option is appealing. I would rather use a third party clone/image software that starts from a CD/DVD so the C: drive is not in use (so VSS wont matter). But I am wondering, in anyone's experience, if I later have to restore from that image due to
a crash or whatever, has windows had problems using that image that was created with another software? (BTW I have already created a recovery CD / WinPE to boot from in that event. ) And would i... Read more

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I have a Win 7 Pro Dell T1700 tower (refurbished) and want to make a backup System Image. Windows 7 is on SSD drive C:\ Total=224GB, Used=124GB, Free=100GB (45GB is in folder=\Users).

Q1- There is also a folder C:/$Windows.~BT (6.4GB) whose function I don't know. What is it?

Q2 -There is also a drive E:\ that came with the computer. I don't know if it is a partition or separate drive, nor do I know its size as File Explorer says it is not formatted. What could it be?

Q3 - I have an HDD drive F:\=2TB with plenty of room for the image -- that raises my question of putting the image on the same drive as other files. Does the image file require its own separate folder or separate partition?

Q4 - What size can I expect and image to be?

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To save a lot of time im just posting what I am trying to do and what I have available to me.

I want to replace my hard drive, but I do not have a windows 7 CD (laptop did not come with one), and the manufacturer will not send me one (gave up after 3 hours of on hold).
Right now all I have a a command prompt and I can't boot into windows besides through the recovery mode.

I need to move the OS files off my failing hard drive, and onto a USB so that I can put them onto the new hard drive after I install it. I do not care about anything besides recovering the operating system as I already have all my data backed up externally.

From what I understand just copying all the files from the failing drive, and putting them on a new one would not work because of windows anti-piracy measures. In order to do what I am trying, I would need to make a system image of the current drive, and then load that onto the new drive.

My question is how would I do such a thing using only the command line? I have only created system images through the GUI in the past.

A:Creating a system image from command line onto USB

  
Quote: Originally Posted by iosdu2w09d9u32j


I want to replace my hard drive, but I do not have a windows 7 CD (laptop did not come with one), and the manufacturer will not send me one (gave up after 3 hours of on hold).


Download the appropriate version of a Windows 7 ISO from here, then install and activate with your existing Windows Product Key.

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Using Acer Aspire E1-571, all stable, so pre W 10 install, I wish to create a System Image.
I have an issue creating a Image back up. I have a 1Tb external HD with 720 Gb free & when I attempt to create an image I get an error : Not enough space.
4 Screenshots show the steps and the error.
thoughts welcome.
I havn't tried any 3rd party tools yet.

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