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Q: using windows 7 system image backup

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

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Hi

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

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

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

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

Hello vbkun.





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

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

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums

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

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

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

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

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

Total my hard disk capacity is 500GB.

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

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

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

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

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

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

kasinath

A:windows 8 system image backup

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



Is best.

MS will remove it in the next release.

Fortunately, you have this:






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

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

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

A:Windows System image backup

Win7 partition may be system.

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Hello,

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

I have attached the full error message.

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

Thanks in advance for any assistant.

Stu

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

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

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

A:Restoring windows, System image backup?

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

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

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

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

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

A:Windows 10 create a backup system image

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:System Image backup failed for Windows 8

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

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I have a HP Spectre x360 which came with Windows 10 home and  I did make a system image backup to external harddrive straight out of the box after I did start the laptop a few times. After that I did upgrade it succesfully to Windows 10 pro. Now, I want to restore the system image backup to my laptop which contains the original Windows 10 home. However when I try to recover system image windows says that: "In order to able to recover this laptop, Windows has to format this disk in which Windows recovery environment is currently being processed. If you want to continue recovery, turn this computer off and start it from Windows installation disk or system repair disk and try then again recovery." If I would create system repair disk, laptop requires external dvd which I prefer not to buy if there is another choice. So what kind of "Windows installation disk" is required for system image recovery? I have bought earlier Windows 10 pro usb stick with full retail license for my desktop computer so can I use that usb stick as a "Windows installation disk"? And can I start my Hp spectre x360 using that usb stick and will I be then able to succesfully recover the system image backup to my laptop? I hope to get anwsers which are clear so that I donīt get any misunderstanding. Thank you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:System Image backup failed for Windows 8

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

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

A:Windows 10 System image backup error

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

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

A:Windows Backup and Restore System Image

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

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

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

...joe

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

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

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

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

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

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

Type
File System
Capacity
Free Space

Recovery
NTFS
499 MB
499 MB

EFI System Partition
FAT32
300 MB
300 MB

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

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

Recovery (SAMSUNG_REC2)
NTFS
19.72 GB
19.72 GB

Recovery (SAMSUNG_REC)
NTFS
1.00 GB
1.00 GB

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

Hello netnative,

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

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

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

Thx

A:Scheduled system image backup windows 8.1

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

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


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

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

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

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

Hello David,

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

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

System Image Recovery

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

A:Clonezilla or Windows 7 system image backup?

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

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

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

A:Windows System Image Backup fails!

Hello Timothy,

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

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

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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

A:windows system image backup query

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:How to properly delete Windows 7 backup System Image

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

Kari

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

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

Hello bags and welcome to Seven Forums.

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

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

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

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

thanks

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

Hello fishtag Welcome to the Seven Forums!

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

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

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

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

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I hope this helps someone:
I wanted a system image prior to cloning my HDD Sata drive to an SSD.    I was backing up to an external USB 3.0 2TB drive.  
I kept receiving an error message:  The backup was not successful. The error is: The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002).   
I tried various resolutions that included deleting prior backups off of the drive, making sure that Volume Shadow Copy Service or VSS and Windows Backup services were set to automatic, verifying the C drive, and more.  

Reviewing the event log, an additional error message prior to the failure was:  Event ID 513 CAPI2, 
Cryptographic Services failed while processing the OnIdentity() call in the System Writer Object.
Details:AddLegacyDriverFiles: Unable to back up image of binary Microsoft Link-Layer Discovery Protocol.
System Error:Access is denied..
I ran this resolution:  

Fix Event 513 CAPI2 Errors During Windows Backup
March 10, 2015


Update: March 2016.Commenters have noted this same fix appears to work correctly on Windows 10 as wellA semi-common error seen on various Windows 8.1 and 2012/R2 systems is the following during the start of system backups that use VSS (i.e. most backups).  This often causes the backup process to hang for a long period of time, or fail.
Application Event Log:
Cryptographic Services failed while processing the OnIdentity() call in the System Writer Object.

Details:
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Hi,

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

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

THANK YOU for your assistance!!!

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

Hello Largy,

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

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

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

A:Windows 7 backup and restore system image not working

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

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

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

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I have a bit of a quandary.

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

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

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

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

A:Windows System Image (factory state) Backup

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

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Macrium Version 5.0 - Tutorial update

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


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Computer: Several Dell models all upgraded to Windows 10 Home during the free upgrade period, followed by the Anniversary Update:  Dell Xps 435MT (upgraded from Vista -> Windows 7 -> Windows 10), 8700 (upgraded from Windows 8.1 -> Windows 10), 8100 (upgraded from Windows 7 -> Windows 10)
Target:   Recovery of Windows 10 Home ver 1607(Anniversary Update) with all subsequent updates, and installed programs .
Known:   System Image Backup if one can be created will meet target requirement at least up to the last time the system image backup was taken. 
Found: Many solutions but not sure which will be applicable for the Dells above
A.  Generic procedures for Windows 10: W1. Windows System Image backup; W2. Windows System Image recovery, W13:  Creating bootable Windows ISO disc.
B.  Procedures for Dell seems to be unique for Dell, but uncertain which Dell System Image Backup and Recovery solution is applicable or available for the Dells above.
D1.  Dell Backup and Recovery (DBaR) and Windows 10.  I don’t remember or being notified to update DbaR before the Windows 10 update (see D1.Note for this tool). 
Later, I saw the notification for the XPS 8700 (originally 8.1) and applied the update but all I see NOW is Backup and Recovery (Windows 7) not 8.1.   D1 may not be available to 
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A:Dell Windows 10 System Image Backup and Restore

Upgrading breaks the DBAR so you might as well get rid of it entirely.   DBAR is now also END OF LIFE END OF SUPPORT.  
I recommend  
http://www.aomeitech.com/download.html
OS support: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP (all editions, 32 & 64 bit).
 

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

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

Try Macrium Reflect:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

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

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

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

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

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

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

A:Creating system image of all partitions with Windows Backup

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

Imaging with free Macrium

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Please help!

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

What I do wrong?!!!

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

A:Windows cannot find system image backup files

Have a read of this tutorial:

System Image Recovery

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

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

frank479, welcome to the forums. Following the tutorial backup

step six should be where you choose only the c drive

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

Lenovo SL510
Windows 7 Professional

Any thoughts on why the sudden failure?

A:Windows backup stalls when creating a system image.

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

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Hello,

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

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

Thank you in advance.

A:Windows 8 system image backup move to another disk

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

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

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Need help with a Windows backup problem.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks

A:Issue with Windows Backup creating System Image

I gave up with windows image and now use this;

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

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

No problems since.

Regards....Mike Connor

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

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

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

QUESTION:

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

Background:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Possible?

Any other solutions to this?

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

Bump!

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

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