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Q: windows image backup questions

I recently needed to do an image restore with windows 7 for the first time using the built in program. I got a new, larger Hard drive for my laptop and just wanted to restore my system from an image i had on a Usb drive. Unfortunately the restore failed and after some googling i found that some people were saying that you could only restore to the same drive the image was made from. I have a hard time believing this because it would just make the program useless in the case of a drive failure, and this is one of the main reasons for making a backup in the first place. Some people were saying that the distination drive/partition just needed to be the same size as the drive (or partition) the image was made from. I didn't try a resize, i just did a new reinstall (which is a pain). Just for future reference, has anyone heard any of this before? Should i be able to just restore to a new larger drive without any problems. I was thinking maybe this was some kind of anti-piracy precaution. Not sure

thanks for shedding any light on this.

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A: windows image backup questions

I personally use Macrium Reflect for my backup/imaging for system drive... Few days ago I needed to restore the system to another disk (640GB) that's smaller than my current disk (1TB), and the restore went completely trouble free, and it was over the network... So, I don't know how you get this issue, but you can always try 3rd party imaging tools. Btw, Macrium Reflect is free for personal use.

I do have an image I created using Windows's Image backup... I haven't had the time to try and restore using it, so I don't know on that that front...

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Hopefully this is the correct catagory for this..

I created an image for backup purposes and have 2 things I'm curious about.

1st. My disk 0 has Vista 64 as C: and Windows 7 as F: when I created the image I had to keep both partitions as part of the image.. Does this mean that if I want to restore from the image BOTH Vista and windows 7 will be restored from that image?

I guess it isn't a big deal but a choice would have been nice... Other than seperate hard disks for that option...

2nd. I wanted to look at the backup specs document, however access is denied. Is that the standard or is there something I am missing here. I am the only user and admin security.


A:2 questions about image backup

1. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
http://www.sevenforums.com/performan...up-anyone.html post #6

2. Try with this: Take Ownership Shortcut


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I used macrium reflect free version, to backup my present image to an external usb hard drive. The present drive is a Samsung 500GB. drive with about 27-28 GB. used on it will it be alright to install my backup image on my new, Intel 240GB SSD. drive when it arrives today? or will I suffer any performance loss due to the new drive being smaller? I have a retail version disc of Win 8.1 would I be better off using it to install a clean fresh install on the new SSD? Thanks for all opinions/advice!

A:backup image questions

There should be no performance hit due to the size factor, however, I believe when deploying an image to an SSD drive that it has to be 'aligned' for optimum performance.

If you do a web search for SSD alignment you will get lots of info. Also try searching for 'Macrium SSD alignment'

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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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can any of you please explain what a disk image is? i gather it's different from just copying everything from one hd to another, thru windows' "my computer" window.

does a disk image copy everything over exactly as it is on the old hd (for example, do installed programs on the old hd end up as installed in the new location?)?

is a disk image the best way to back up a hd?

is it possible to copy pieces of a hd to a cd-r (i know there's a space limitation on cd's) & copy it back to another hd, or is that not really the same as a disk image.

also -- are there any good freeware/shareware utilities out there for this?

sorry for such a basic, goofy question.


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Ok, I have read and read and cannot find the answer.

I have a system image that was saved to a maxtor one touch ext HD via USB. This was created using W7 image making system. I am trying to copy the image to my new HDD (internal) 1TB. The problem is when I go to recovery>advanced options>restore from image and reboot, the PC cannot find the image. I can click advanced options and search for a driver and actually see the drive and the image folder/zips but W7 cannot detect it. I have also copied this image to a internall HDD because I thought it may be the USB. I have not changed any BIOS settings as I am using W7 on the 1TB HDD and trying to restore to that from either the Dnetouch or the F:internal HDD. Neither times will it find the image.
1. Do I need to use an alternate program like paragon or clonezilla
2. When the image is saved, it is the name of my pc. Example: Fesktop64-PC. Does it need to be in a folder or the image be a specific name? Ive seen WindowsImageBackup as a possiblity.

What do I need to do? Seems the hangup is that when trying to restore, windows just does not see the image?

I know this has been covered some, but I could not find specific answers

Windows 7 64bit

A:System Image Backup Questions and Cannot be found

If the image was created with Windows 7 imaging then the image must be called WindowsImageBackup and must be a root folder in the backup drive. You need to boot your PC either from a Windows 7 repair disk or the Install disk and select repair my computer. From there you have the option to restore your computer.

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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 ; )
Will the image creator erase any of that info already stored on the external drive if I backup the system image to that drive?
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.

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Usually, I store my Windows 7 Backup Files on a large internal disk that i reserve more or less for Backups. From time to time, I also create additional copies on external USB disks that I store safely/remotely in the safe of my bank. For backing up my files/folders, I select the "Let Window choose (recommended)" option (Windows Backup will then include in the Backup a System image). I observed that when changing the destination of my file/folder backups from the internal disk to the external disk (and vice versa), Windows Backup always created on the new destination  a new Full Backup and a new Backup Set for my File/Folder backups (even though a previous Backup set was already existing on that destination).But..... When clicking on "Create A system Image" in the left pane of the Backup And Restore Control panel, to create a System Image Backup of my C partition, and when changing the backup destination from the internal disk to the external disk (or vice versa), things become more complex and I am not sure what is really happening.   a) On one side, when changing the backup destination, the Backup process takes long time and I have therefore the (right? or wrong?) impression that Windows Backup is creating a Full Backup of the C partition.  b) On the other side, after completion of the Backup,  I see in the "WindowsImageBackup" Folder  of the destination disk only one si... Read more

A:Is it really an incremental System Image Backup that the Windows 7 version of Windows Backup has created?

Hi there,
1. Microsoft states that the backup function was designed as first backup always full and subsequent backups are always incremental. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproperf/thread/a413ba37-2cde-4e4f-b23b-e5adab4c8b2dWhen you change the backup destination, the backup wizard will let you chose backup items again and that would make the system believe this is a new Backup Plan.
2. Windows 7 use vhd file for image back and support attach vhd file directly (it’s a great feature). As you have noticed, the folder with name "Backup YYYY.MM.DD hhmmss" is one copy of your image back (full backup with one vhd file). Not sure how can you find several image backup restore info in WinRE, did you use this external drive for image backup for another computer (or save image backup to different partitions)? When you try to run image backup to the same drive for second time, you may receive a warning “Any exiting system images for this machine might be overwriteen.”http://cid-9c88b7cb6fa32a48.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/.Public/2010-01-27-ImageBackup.png
Actually, older data will be moved to the shadow copy storage area if it’s available (NTFS formatted internal or external hard disks supports Volume Shadow Copy), Network share and optical media, on the other hand, do not support shadow copy. Therefore only one system image per computer can be stored at a time (as the .vhd file). Any newer backup created will replace the... Read more

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

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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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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1. I've been getting warnings that my hard drive is failing, and other diagnostics have reported there could be "bad clusters." I have an online backup of all my files, but I want to try an image restore. I following the Win 7 instructions for creating a backup. At the end of the process, the completion bar showed RED with the message that "bad clusters" were detected and those weren't included in the backup. Will the image restore still work?

2. I have baked up my image to a hard drive (my laptop!) on a network. After I used my System Repair disk, will it give me the network option to access the image?


A:Questions about Image backup and "Bad Clusters" & restore over network

I don't like Windows Backup and Restore. I prefer Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download It has a boot disk where you can get into your PC if it should fail and restore the image. It is very easy.

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I have been using Acronis Rescue disk to make images of my system. It works fine, but is a pain because I have open up the case and disconnect my secondary hard drive and change from my wireless mouse to a wired mouse. So I decided to try to the built-in Backup and Restore in Win 7 Pro and backup to an external hard drive.

In preparation for backing up my system partition, I do the following:
Clean all cookies, internet files and History.
Remove all restore points except the last one.
Run Malwarebytes
Run MSE version 2
Run Ccleaner (not messing with registry)
Run Smart Defrag (lastest version)
I then reboot and hook up the external hard drive

I then go into the Control Panel and select Backup and Restore. I set where I want the image to be created and start the backup. Everything looks normal for a while.

After about 4-5 minutes, NSE shows the below:

This is the only time NSE ever detects this and it detects it every time I try to backup. I have had NSE remove it or leave it alone. It does not matter.

Eventually I get the notice that the backup did not complete sucessfully.

I check the Events log and got this:

I have been through this several times and it occurs this way every time.

I would like some help solving this issue. Any help would be be greatly appreciated.

A:Backup Image with Windows Backup and Restore

Here's some excellent info from Microsoft regarding the Java exploit.
Encyclopedia entry: Exploit:Java/CVE-2009-3867.JF - Learn more about malware - Microsoft Malware Protection Center

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Hiya there

New Windows 7 user here (Home Prem X64) come Directly from XP Pro. I have used the system backup tool and made a system image.. worked great big thumbs up to Microsoft on this version

The Question I have is this, can i make a backup (via normal drag and drop to another removable drive) of the 'WindowsImageBackup' folder and keep a separate backup of my backup.. if you get me. Will I be able to restore from a backup..of the backup if needed ?

Also i didn't schedule a backup (i don't like scheduled events) but used the direct ''make a system image'' command, not sure if that make a difference.

Thanks in advance for your help


A:Windows Image Backup.. Backup

Download this and put an image of your HD on an external hard drive

Free Backup Software: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Edition - Overview

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Hello everyone.

I am thinking to convert my HDDs to Windows Dynamic Disks. I would love to use software RAID (Hardware Does not support RAID) and I see to do this I need to Convert HDDs to Dynamic Disks. I have done Dynamic Disk RAID 0 in Win XP era.

I heavily rely on the inbuilt Windows Image backup to Reset the system to Fully customized and tuned state as the need be. I came to read that Image backup does not like Backing up TO A DYNAMIC DISK.
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

However, I am curious if the Image backup can successfully backup FROM and RESTORE TO a Dynamic disk , provided that WindowsImageBackup Itself is on a basic, USB HDD?

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I'm taking over a small business network because the "other guy" was unreliable. First thing I noticed was they were using 4mm tape to manually backup their data every night. I set up dedicated hard drive and scheduled MS Backup to run each night at 3:00 am. Everything seems to be running fine, but a week later I go to check to make certain the data is getting backed up every night and this is where the questions start.

They back up only a very few folders. They are "C:\Program Files\Special Software\Data" and all the recursed folders in the "Data" folder; about 3 Gbytes each day.

When I set it up, I expected the data to be saved as multiple files in a single directory, but instead there's one giant .bkf file. When you select that file you can see separate lines for the data. It looks something like this:

C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...
C:\Program Files\etc...

They have the "+" sign that allows you to explode the tree.

Okay so the question. It appears each line is a different day's backup, but I don't know this for certain. Each line is named exactly the same, and there is nothing about these separate lines to indicate that they pertain to a specific days backup that I can see. It looks very counter-intuitive to me.

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A:MS Windows Backup Questions

MS Backup is very limited. I would suggest investing in a better backup program like Symantec Backup Now, which is a lot more user friendly. It also can be used to backup all the users on the network and you can set the parameters of what to backup on the server.

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Hi folks

My first post here...

On my desktop machine (running Windows XP) I have been doing monthly full backups to 6 external hard drives used in rotation.

Can I use this same scheme on my laptop running Windows7?

If I delete all files from an external drive, connect it to my computer and click on "Backup now", will the fact that the drive is empty force Windows7 to do a full backup?


A:Questions about Windows 7 backup

In Windows7 you can either backup your files or image your system. If you type backup into Start/search, it will show you how to get to backup an restore. As for the external disk, you need not wipe it clean. There must be only enough space to hold the backup or image. I suggest you create a folder on the external drive to which you backup or image.

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I am using the Windows Backup that comes with Home Premium. The initial backup ran with no problems but leaves me with questions.

1. As I understand it after the inital full backup the next backup run is an incremental backup. My question is how many incremental backups are saved and for how long?

2. The next question has to do with deleted files. Let's say my backup runs on Monday. If FileA on my C drive gets backed up on Monday and then deleted on Wednesday when the backup runs again will the backup copy of FileA be deleted? If not then wihen will it be deleted if ever?

A:Windows Backup Questions

Are you talking about
1). backing up files
2). running the system image utility

Both are called from the same Windows Backup system...but work differently.

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I am new to the forum, and looking for some guidance. I want to back up what is on my laptop to an external hard drive, and what I am wondering is am I able to backup programs? i.e.: Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard, etc. as I do not have the install discs for some programs.

A:Basic windows 7 system backup questions

Your best bet is to make an image of the operating system.

There are free programs that will do it.

Aomei is very good ( standard version is free).

AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server

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I am very new to Windows Backup and have a few questions. Actually, my first question is not really specific to Windows Backup, but I notice it whenever I go to Disk Management to view my backups, so I hope it's okay if I ask it here.

Partition Question:

I have the following partitions on Disk 0:
100MB - 70% free
C:906.34GB - which has 82% or 739.03GB free
25.07GB OEM partition which is listed as 100% free

Isn't that 25GB OEM partition the Recovery partition? If so, why is it listed as 100% free? And what is the 100MB NTFS partition for?


Now for my Windows Backup questions:

I ran Windows Backup for the first time Thursday night morning. I chose the "Let Windows choose, recommended" option - "Windows will automatically select user files... A system image will be created including system files, drivers, registry settings, Windows and all of your programs. These items will be backed up on a regular schedule".

It took 6 or 7 hours to complete. When it was done, my 1TB external hdd had 661.51 GB free space. I was surprised because my 1TB desktop hdd still had 742 GB free space. I didn't anticipate the backup to take up more space, and I'm hoping someone can explain to me why it does. Is it because it copies virtually the entire hard drive and then also makes a specific image of the operating system, registry and installed programs?

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A:Windows Backup, Used Space, & Partition Questions

Were I you and I'm not, I would keep my personal data and Windows in separate partitions. Maybe 60 or 80 gigs for Windows and the other 880 or whatever for data.

Then image the operating system and data partitions separately, so you avoid this confusion.

You aren't anywhere near the first person to be confused by Windows imaging--that's why many have given up on it. There are free alternatives that are much more flexible and straightforward.

The 100 MB partition you refer to was put there by Windows and is used in certain recovery operations. With luck you won't ever need to use it. You can hide it from view I think. You can even avoid it during an installation. Most people just ignore it and possibly hide it.

I can't explain why your OEM partition is shown as empty. Offhand, I wouldn't necessarily believe it is empty. Hang on to it at least temporarily.

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I am new to the forum, and looking for some guidance. I want to back up what is on my laptop to an external hard drive, and what I am wondering is am I able to backup programs? i.e.: Adobe Acrobat 8 Standard, etc. as I do not have the install discs for some programs.

A:Basic windows 7 system backup questions

Your best bet is to make an image of the operating system.

There are free programs that will do it.

Aomei is very good ( standard version is free).

AOMEI Backupper: Data Backup and Restore Software for PC, Laptop and Server

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A couple of days ago my hard drive started failing so I created a Windows Image Backup on an external hard drive. Today I received my new hard drive and installed it, unfortunately when I tried to restore the backup I get the message Windows could not find any file backups on this computer even though the external hard drive shows in my computer.
Any ideas?


A:Windows Image Backup

start your computer with the win7 dvd, press any key when prompted. go to repair options, and if you select "restore", there should be an option to restore from an image. then navigate to where you created the image file.

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I recently got Thinkpad E330 after my E320 spent 6 months in Lenovo labs.
Now I cant restore the sys image.
Apparently I need a recovery media, only the recovery USB I created is not working, and there's no way to make a second one ("you can have only one copy...").
I'm really desperate.
I think I also created a backup using the lenovo utility, but the utility won't recognize it.
I'd appreciate help restoring one of those backups.

A:windows image backup

check recovery here


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Untill now, my Windows 7 has been installed on an IDE Hard drive. Now I would like to move the installation to another , SATA drive. Can I use the Windows Image Backup I have for this purpose? I didn't have a new HDD so this is what I did: I downloaded a software from Easus and created a partition on an existing SATA drive. That's where I want Win 7 to go.
But the new drive is smaller than the original IDE drive, but still big enough to hold Win7. It also has a new drive letter. Provided these conditions, can I use the backup files to install Windows 7 on this partition? Thanks.

A:Using Windows Image Backup

Basically no.
Windows imaging stores and restores the MBR automatically. Part of the MBR is the partition table so Windows will want a disk able to accommodate the partition structure of the disk the image was made from.

Macrium Reflect free is a better imaging tool for what you want to do. But here the partition you are imaging to must be at least a large as the imaged partition irrespective of the amount of data that was imaged.
You can shrink the partition of the source to meet this constraint and make a new Macrium image.
Alternatively paid imaging software often has the ability to reimage to a smaller partition.

I'm not sure if the new Easeus free imaging software offers this ability. Check it out.

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I have for the past 5 years used Acronis to backup my Windows XP machine. I copy the hard drive as a full-disc image, and sometimes I've restored identical machines from it just fine. I always ran the backup-image process from an ISO Linux CD that I booted off of.

Now, I'm looking to buy the current version of Acronis, 11.5 for Workstations, and while it still offers the bootable ISO Linux CD option for doing backups from, their tech support insists to me that running the backup-imaging program from within Windows XP (or 7) is every bit as reliable as booting from and running off of the CD.

I'm pretty gun-shy about making that leap. I've got a super-critical business situation with my life and millions of dollars of investor money hanging in the balance with these backups, and I find it hard to believe that a hard drive "running" Windows can be imaged as cleanly and reliably as a hard drive that's not doing anything but being imaged.

Yet to have that luxury would be great if I can really trust it. It would make backing up a lot more convenient, and I could gain remote access to the machine during a backup process.

So... How safe and reliable is it, really?


A:Backup image from in Windows instead of CD

I use both Windows 7 & Windows Vista on two separate computers and i can assure you that creating entire disk images of the system hard drive works flawlessly. I use [email protected] Disk Image because I prefer it, but I used Acronis last year on both versions of Windows and it too worked flawlessly when creating a disk image of the system drive from within Windows.

Really, there is no need to use a boot CD any more to create an image of the system drive. You only need to boot from a CD when you want to restore from an image. I create new images of my entire system drive regularly from within Windows and those images have never thrown up any errors when verified or when used for recovery.

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Hello Forum,

I am just enquiring as to whether or not I could extract the data from Windows as I have three computers - which seem to have each a Windows Image Backup.

I do not know much about these files and how they get created.

Does Windows create them when you do a restore or back up?

Seagate is now recommending that I use that as a part of a back up

A:Windows Image Backup

Hi Melissa. If you are interested in learning how Backup and Restore works, have a look at this tutorial by Brink and at the related links at the end of this tutorial.

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1. Ran out of this space in my Q:Lenvovo - backup assigned partition.  14GB.  (My C: drive has 80GB free!) How can I fix this?  Is there a way to expand the partition without deleting it first?  Does Lenvovo or Microsoft or SSD manufacturer have a tool to do this where you just enter the amount you want to expand a partition to and it will adjust the other partition accordingly?  If not; I cannot delete the Q:Lenovo drive using file explorer or disk cleanup utility.  How do I remove at the original backup?  When I go to disk cleanup it shows blank the files; so it is a hidden file or subdirectory.  I even try signing on as System Administratin but forgot the password I created, it been so long ago and never use it.  LOL!   If I cannot do any of this:  There is an option to do a Windows 10 refresh but can you redirect it to a new SSD from the existing SSD? 2. Looking to get a new SSD but in NVMe configuration. a. Does my L450 support NVMe boot up? What type of NVMe does my Thinkpad support?  I thinking of getting the Samsung 860 Evo.b. Is connecting the new NVMe and running transfer SSD software the Windows 10 will recognize the drives and do the transfer?    Serial NumberF0ATPKGPart Number: 20D5503800 Thanks for any help you can give in this matter!

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I have some basic Win 7 Home Premium questions re creating/restoring IMAGES of my C drive ( and hidden partitions) using native Windows backup and restore. Never really used it before as I use other software instead, but wanted to explore this option a bit further:


1) When I created my first image, it created a directory , with mutliple files ( one large 32 GB one and many timy ones. I assume this is normal?

2) I note the directory name was time stamped, so I assume this means that every subsequent time I create an image, it will create another new directory and new set of files.....(and that I would need to manaually delete the old images if start running out of space). Is that correct?

3) Can the creation of Windows system images be scheduled?? I know the file-by-file backups can, but I didnt see anything similar for images.

4) Suppose my bootable hard drive crashed, and I buy a new drive. How do I restore the image. Is the system repair disc bootable??? and does it prompt me to pick an image??


My set up is as follows

Windows 7 Home Premium, SP1

Disk 0 ( my main drive)
-hidden partiion
-C: partiton ( for the opeartions sytem, paaas, user profiles and settings)
-D: partition( for personal user data files)
Disk 1 (my internal backup drive)
-not bootable
-contains copies of system image of the hidden and C: drive (using Windows system image)
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A:Basic questions on Windows 7 native backup and restore

Hello mediaman,

In Windows 7, you have two distinctive backup options. Windows Backup = To back up all files in selected folders, and restore any file from the backup. You also have the option to include creating a system image. This can all be done an automatic schedule if you like.

System Image = To manually completely back up and restore selected drives/volumes.

1) When I created my first image, it created a directory , with mutliple files ( one large 32 GB one and many timy ones. I assume this is normal?

System images are saved as backup periods in the WindowsImageBackup folder where saved to. The blue Note box at the top of the tutorial can give you more details about this.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

2) I note the directory name was time stamped, so I assume this means that every subsequent time I create an image, it will create another new directory and new set of files.....(and that I would need to manaually delete the old images if start running out of space). Is that correct?

Each new system image created will create a new Backup YYYY-MM-DD-hh-mm-ss folder in the WindowsImageBackup\(ComputerName) folder.

The same note box above can give you more details on this as well.

3) Can the creation of Windows system images be scheduled?? I know the file-by-file backups can, but I didnt see anything similar for images.

Sure can. You could u... Read more

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About to do a complete wipe of my hard drive and reinstall Windows 7. My concern is being certain that I have Windows Live Mail 2012 backed up. I have five different accounts running through WLM and it is critical I don't lose any emails sent or received.
I took a look at the tutorials and played around but I must be doing something wrong. For example, when I trying exporting and then importing some test messages I wasn't able to find them. The storage folders, where I think the test emails should have been imported, were empty. Tried a few times and always the same result.
Now I'm thinking it might be easier if I just back up all the folders in the Windows Live Mail folder on the C drive. Is this a viable and fool proof way of saving all emails and then being able to restore them?

A:Windows Live Mail 2012 Backup Questions

If the accounts are IMAP, the mail will be retained on the remote server no matter what you do with your local client (except for deleting mail from within the client, which will delete it remotely as well). POP is another story, because once downloaded it usually, though not always, is gone from the remote.

I don't see why you couldn't back up the entire WLM folder, which is probably in c:\users\<user name>\appdata\local....

In fact, when I do a reinstall, I always do a file back up of most of the appdata folder. It invariably comes in very handy.

Another way for an independent mail backup, POP or IMAP, is to use MailStore, which is free for private use.

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1.What's the best method of backing up? I never actual have backed up my laptop due to the fact I hardly ever mess around with it. I checked the windows 7 back up options and I am confused. I have an external hard drive(With around 12 gb left). Can I back it up to that? Or can I create a partition of lets say around 60 gb and back it up to that? Also what is the difference between a normal back up and an system image back up.

2.What back up should I use if I do not like win10 and want to downgrade and go back to how my win7 os was left. With all my personal files still in tack. Which backup would I need or does it matter?
Hope my questions make sense. TL;DR: Which backup should I use if I want to downgrade from win10 to win7 and have my windows 7 os remain the same before I did the update.

Running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on a 500 gb hdd

A:Questions about backup on windows 7. Wanting to test out win10

Quote: Originally Posted by ringo14

1.What's the best method of backing up? I never actual have backed up my laptop due to the fact I hardly ever mess around with it. I checked the windows 7 back up options and I am confused. I have an external hard drive(With around 12 gb left). Can I back it up to that? Or can I create a partition of lets say around 60 gb and back it up to that? Also what is the difference between a normal back up and an system image back up.
2.What back up should I use if I do not like win10 and want to downgrade and go back to how my win7 os was left. With all my personal files still in tack. Which backup would I need or does it matter?
Hope my questions make sense. TL;DR: Which backup should I use if I want to downgrade from win10 to win7 and have my windows 7 os remain the same before I did the update.

Running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on a 500 gb hdd

I rely on Windows 7's Backup and Restore, plus additional automatic backups of Pictures, Movies, Music and Documents and some other precious stuff, made to a 1 TB external USB drive by Second Copy (a backup program.)

W7's BU and Restore makes an image (a snapshot, called a System Image) of the C: drive. The idea is that if your C: drive gets heavily corrupted you load the system image on to the drive and get back to where you were when the system image was made (unless of course your C: drive is itself faulty, in which case you could install a new dri... Read more

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I am wishing to install another level of computer backup on my 98se system-either
1. Symantec (formerly Roxio) GoBack,
2. Drive imaging. (The best rated appear to be Acronis True Image or PowerQuest Drive Image.)

I would, however, like to know something about each method that I have not been able to discover through the respective software sites or various reviews (CNET, PCMag , etc.)

Regarding GoBack:

How far back would I be able to go, given that I will be setting aside roughly 4GB space to GoBack. Would it be possible to take a snapshot after setting up my system (after a format), then not run GoBack until I am about to make another major change, then close it /disable it again until the next major change, and so on?
The reason I would want to do this, is that I find that problems often don't appear necessarily directly (or even soon) after any change to the system. Rather it can depend on when the program/process (that is causing the problem) is run. For example, I have recently had a conflict between my flatbed scanner and film scanner. I had not used the film scanner for a few months, so who knows when the cause of the conflict was first introduced, or what indeed it was?
Apparently, Goback keeps taking its "snapshots" continuously until the allocated space is used up, then starts deleting the earliest snapshots (to release more space). To me this does not appear enough to cover months of snapshots.
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A:A couple of questions re: GoBack & Acronis True Image/PowerQuest Drive Image

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I have a Dell L501X, Windows 7 64bit. I had to replace my hard drive. I got the hard drive from Dell and it is a little larger than the one that crashed. I made a windows image backup. I changed the program associated with the 2 backup files to media files. (Don't ask me why they are VHD files.) I cannot restore my image and I need the programs on this image. The system sees that there is a "windowsimagebackup" but does not see the files. I think it is because I changed the program. Which program file do I need to change them back to and how do I change them back. Any help is greatly appreciated.

I am new at this and appreciate your patience with my ignorance. Thank you so much.

A:Which program is associated with windows image backup?

Hello Icec, and welcome to Seven Forums.

By default, .vhd files are not associated to open with a specific program. If you like, download and merge the .reg file I attached below, approve the merge, and restart the computer when finished. This will unassociate .vhd files.

Hope this helps,

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In Windows, there is just something picture copy a backup of the devices required to operate. Within the drive becomes or failures damaged the machine picture may be used to displace Windows all.
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I have a brand new PC running Windows 10 Home edition (version 1709). 
I have not moved any folders around or disrupted any organization that came with the machine. I have installed a few programs.
Windows Image Backup for Windows 7 runs but indicates some files were skipped. When I view the files, there is only one entry for E:\ (the whole drive, not a file). If I change the settings and specify which drives directories are to be included in the backup,
but excluding drive E:\ (a DVD drive!), the error persists. The error code is 0x8100002F.The backup is going to an external hard drive. The program seems to indicate the backup is not saved, yet 600+GB of the external drive is used.
Is this a known problem?
Has the backup in fact been saved (and is it recoverable)?
Is there a fix/workaround for this issue?
All helpful suggestions/solutions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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I have just currently installed 1 x 2 TB HDD. Installed Windows 7 64 bit on one. After installing all my basic applications i then decided to create a backup on my spare 1TB allocating 50 gig for the image. The image itself is only 35gig but when i click on create image it runs for a little while then displays the following message:
" Threre is not enough disk space to create the volum shadow copy on storage location. Make sure that for all volume to be backup up, the minimum disk space required for shadow copy creation is available. this applies to both the backup storage destination and volume included in the backup. Minimum requirement for Volumes less than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 50 megabyte of free space. for voulimes more than 500 megabytes, the minimum is 320 megabytes of free space. Recommended at least 1 gigabytes free of disk space on each volumes if volumes size is more than 1 gigabytes (0x80780119)"

Has anyone come across this before?

It seem like the OS does not recognise 1TB hdd

A:Windows 7 64bit image backup

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I have a windows image backup which is taking up 60gb. I need to delete it but i dont know if its safe to just delete normally.
Could anyone give a step by step tutorial on how to delete it.
Same thing for the 'windows.old' folder would really help

A:Deleting A Windows Image Backup

Hello TheSpecialOne, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes, it's safe to just delete the WindowsImageBackup folder as you would any other folder, but you'll just need to provide UAC approval first.

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I am using Windows Backup (Win7 Home Premium 64Bit) to create a System Image. How can I validate the image to make sure it is OK?

A:Windows 7 Backup Image Validation

Follow this tutorial. If your system recovery works, then you're all set.

System Image Recovery

Personally, I use Macrium Reflect because I feel it's more reliable. But, if you like Windows Backup, then use that.

Make sure that you create your system image exactly where you want it to stay. Moving the image can cause it to not function correctly.

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wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget: -include:C: -allCritical -quiet Using this to create backup with mulitple DVD RW's,need to format so I went to disk management,right click on D drive,chose format option UDF 2.01,click ok,error message "quick format is not possible".I have been to many other forums where the same problem has occured with no useable solution.Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thank You.

A:Windows 8.1 create image backup with DVD's

Backing up to optical media is risky, even when it seems to work. Usually takes 4, 5 or more discs and one of them may be defective in some way.

You would be much better of to spend $60 and get a 1Tb USB 3.0- External Hard drive and use Macrium Reflect Free to make images backups of your system. Fast and safe.

Good tutorial here: Imaging with free Macrium

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Just a few quick questions about the disc image tool in Windows Backup. Does it restore programs? By this I mean if I restore the disc, will all the programs be fully functioning? I was under the impression that this is so, but I have also been told that it is not.

Also does the Backup restore to a different model/make of computer? Wouldn't this cause conflicts with drivers and OEM-bundled software?


A:Windows Backup Disc Image

Hello Wasila,

Yes, when you create a system image backup of your C: drive and any other selected drives, it will include everything on them when you do a system image recovery. It's best to save the system image to a separate HDD for better reliability.

You will not be able to do a system image recovery to a different computer than what the system image was created on. It would indeed cause confilcts, and may not even start.

Hope this helps,

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

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My wife's Samsung laptop gets a failure whenever trying to do an image backup. Actually, this has been happening for quite a while - even before she installed Windows 10 when she had W7. I was hoping that the problem would go away with W10 but it hasn't. Backup runs almost to the end and then fails with the attached message. The message says to run dskchk on both her drive and on the backup drive which I did. No problems were found. (I backup my desktop on that drive all the time with no problems.) I tried backing it up on another external drive that also tests good but got the same error message. Any suggestions on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated.

A:Windows Image Backup failing

http://crystalmark.info/software/Cry...o/index-e.html and see the disk smart status.

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Hey guys,

I was using Windows Vista for about a year and decided to delete the OS from my laptop and load XP back on... The removal went smooth mush to my surprise. Now that I have successfully loaded Windows XP onto the laptop I am trying to utilize the back up images I left from Vista on an external hard drive. I am unable to do so. Any help with this process would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

A:Windows Image Backup with Vista

Well...you must use the same software to restore a backup...as was used to compile it.

I have my doubts about restoring any system backup to an external drive, but I've never tried it (because it did not make any sense to me and I have plenty of hard drives, no need for an external which is slower than a drive connected directly to the motherboard).

I've not ever used Vista (installed it briefly just to see if the disk worked).


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I have a new hard drive and I want to use my windows image backup that I created previously. It was a whole system backup. When I select the restore my computer using a system image that I created earlier, it did not do anything, but going around and around in circle. Could it be the image backup itself? If not, why didn't it perform what it is supposed to do? BTW, it is windows 7 home edition, 64 bits.

A:How do I check Windows 7 Image Backup

I assume a "whole system backup" was using the CREATE SYSTEM IMAGE function via the Backup and restore GUI panel??

Click on Start ORB, search on "cmd", when it comes up, right-click and "run as administrator".

Issue this command:

wbadmin get versions

It will list information each "known to Windows" System Image that you took.

Did you move or rename your WindowImageBackup folder?

See this thread for examples of wbadmin get versions output:


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I want to create multiple image backups with recovery partition included by organizing them and putting them in separate subfolders without renaming the "WindowsImageBackup" folder. From my understanding, the "create a system image" option doesn't allow multiple image backups. Could I use the "set up backup" option instead to create an system image only without selecting individual files to backup? Is this the same as the "create a system image" option? Will I be able see the most recent and select other image files when using the system repair disc on an empty hard drive? Thanks

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When I purchased my new computer three years ago I system recovery disks from within Windows 7 and backed up a system image to an external hard drive.. In addition, In addition, automatic backups of my document files are sent to the external hard drive. Recently, I window appeared telling me that my external hard drive was full and did I want to delete some files to gain more space. I selected "yes" and another window opened showing the files on the external drive. They appeared to be periodic automatic system backup files so I deleted some of the earlier ones. My question: I want to purchase a new external hard drive but wonder about the system image on the current drive. Should that be a concern if I have computer problems and need to restore my system or will the original recover disks take care of that ok? Also, is my computer indeed making backup copies of the system image on my current drive and if so, then do I just let it do the same on the new drive and use those files to restore if my computer crashes?
Hope I haven't made this too complicated.

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I have a windows image backup which is taking up 60gb. I need to delete it but i dont know if its safe to just delete normally.
Could anyone give a step by step tutorial on how to delete it.

Same thing for the 'windows.old' folder would really help

A:Deleting A Windows Image Backup

Windows.old Folder - Delete

Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups

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