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Questions about creating a system Image backup - a bit coinfused

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

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

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

any help appreciated

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Preferred Solution: Questions about creating a system Image backup - a bit coinfused

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

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

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

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

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

A:Creating system image questions.

Welcome

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

In any event this is what you do.

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

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

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

Good Luck

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

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

A:Creating a System Image backup

Here you go.

System Image Recovery

It is better than ghost because it is free

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

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

t-4-2

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

A:creating system image backup

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

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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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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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I backed up my windows files (windows 7) from the backup and restore program. Does this also backup my updates for windows and driver updates I've installed? Does a system do this as well?

A:Does creating a system image backup my updates and drivers I have?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ahawkua


I backed up my windows files (windows 7) from the backup and restore program. Does this also backup my updates for windows and driver updates I've installed? Does a system do this as well?


If you made an image of a partition, the image will contain everything in that partition---drivers, update files, pictures of your cat, and whatever else there may be on the partition.

If you did NOT make an image, then it's hard to say what you backed up without more information.

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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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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 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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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.
Questions
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 am interested in creating a back up image. I read the tutorial on this site (see link below) it prety much described the same steps that I followed from a different site
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-system-image-in-windows-7-8/
 
After I create the image when I access it in windows explorer the back up file was empty the whole folder itself was only 20KB. I don't know where it went wrong. I am assuming that since the disc I was creating an image from was about 250GB that the file should be about the same size. I tried creating the image on a second internal hard drive and also an external hard drive.
 
Thanks in advance for any recomendations. If I am leaving out info I can go through the process again and make notes on any specific details needed to figure this out.
 
Bob J

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Hi I created an image using the windows 7 inbuilt system from the control panel. Does that mean that if anything goes really badly wrong then all i do is install from the image?

Thanks!

A:Does creating an image mean that I have a backup?

I assume that you mean you created a system image. Yes, this means you have a 100% exact copy of your Windows system on whichever drive you backed up to (perhaps a USB drive). So, in the event of a disaster, you boot from the Windows 7 DVD, select a repair install and you can point to the system image on the USB drive. It will put everything back (OS, programs, customizations, data) to exactly what you had when you created that image.

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I am trying to create a backup image of my HDD with AOMEI Backupper and save it to an external drive. My HDD is 750GB. Do I need the same size (or larger) external drive to store the image? Only about 40GB of the HDD is actually being used for the OS and other files, but when I try to use a 60GB external SSD for the image, I'm told it's too small.

A:Creating a disk backup image

I've not used that app, but from what you're saying that should work. I use Macrium Reflect and set the compression to maximum for backups. This takes a bit longer but it typically shrinks the backup image by at least 50% of the USED space in the original partition. This allows me to back up a 60GB partition, of which 40GB is used, to a 15GB file.

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Since a week is it impossible to make a Win7 Backup Image (Control Panel).

This is the feature that got removed in 8.1 but now (on 8) I'm still using it in case I need to restore the OS.

The message shows this:

"Not enough disk space" but I have 360GB free on one disk and 150GB on another. The image is calculated at 67GB and it worked each time until now.

All OS updates installed.

Does anyone have any hints or ideas how to fix this?
Thanks

Hopachi

A:Error creating backup image

Sys reserved partition might be too small, or filling up.

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After making several critical changes to my system over the past few weeks, I'd like to create a new Windows 7 backup image (which is very easy to do.) The question I have is whether the new image replaces the old image or how do I manually delete the old image?

A:Backup image - creating a new one and deleting the old

What program did you use to create said backup image?
 
As for keeping images...that's up to the user.  I keep all of my images (made with Macrium Reflect) because I have much more storage than I need and I have no real reason for removing any of them.  I doubt if I will ever need any beyond the most recent...and probably won't need that (I don't mind doing clean installs and I retain installer capability for any programs that I may have use for).  But I don't recommend that approach for anyone .
 
The main thing that I suggest for backing up...is that the user wants to feel that he/she has access to needed/wanted files...when things go wrong (as they do each day).  If those files are included in the most recent backup performed...there is no reason to keep backups made prior to that date.
 
Of course...it's wise to ensure that the recorded/stored backup  actually works as it should, before deleting anything.
 
Louis

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I have an image backup for both of my pc builds on an external usb hd. My question is, I have fixed a driver problem by updating so when I create a newer image file should I delete the old one first, or just allow it to write over the older backup? Thanks!

A:creating a new backup image question

Hello p5200,

A system image is not incremental like a backup. Each system image created is a separate full backup period. There's no need to delete the old one first unless you just wanted to since it'll be automatically deleted as needed to make space for new image backups.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I just performed a painful full system recovery and I am setting up my PC the way I want it before creating a backup image.
I already have all my preferred programs installed. Does anyone have any suggestions what tweak ups I should also do (for faster and better performance) before creating an image backup? I just have an OEM Win 8 64-bit Home Edition.
Thanks!

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I have an HP Pavilion Slimline
Model s5-1160
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor: Intel (R) Core(TM) i5-2400 CPU @3.10GHz 3.10GHz
Hard Drive Size: 1 TB
Installed memory (RAM) (6 GB / 16 GB (max)

I have been told by a computer tech since my hard drive is 1 TB that if I partitioned my C drive to a smaller size rather than using the full current C partition, (I use only 6% of an available 920 GB) that my speed and performance would be better if the computer was not having to deal with all that unused hard drive space, and that cleaning software would not have to clean the whole unused drive as well. First, is that correct, and should I shrink the C drive size and to prevent any possible problems should I also create an .iso image of my whole hard drive as a backup? Should I also create .iso images of each current partition separately? Please advise. Thank you, Fish4Bass

A:Question about partioning and creating an iso image backup

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Fish4Bass


I have been told by a computer tech ......... that my speed and performance would be better if the computer was not having to deal with all that unused hard drive space, and that cleaning software would not have to clean the whole unused drive as well. First, is that correct, and should I shrink the C drive size and to prevent any possible problems should I also create an .iso image of my whole hard drive as a backup? Should I also create .iso images of each current partition separately? Please advise. Thank you, Fish4Bass


Most here would advise you to split the drive into 2 areas: C for Windows/applications and D for data------but not for performance reasons.

Rather because it simplifies reinstallation of Windows and data backup.

But---most people don't and most people get along fine with a single partition. Splitting is hardly a necessity.

Do you have a recovery partition on your hard drive now? Do you have a set of recovery disks now?

I'd just want to know how I would restore Windows at any time--regardless of whether you intend to divide the hard drive. I'd make periodic images of C regardless of my intentions about splitting the drive.

How much you should devote to C depends on your situation. 80 or 100 GB is enough for most situations.

Images can be made by Windows or third party programs. The third party programs don't create ISOs. I don't know what type of file Windows imaging pro... Read more

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I have a Windows XP Pro SP2 laptop with Ultimaco SafeGuard Easy encryption software installed. I would like to make a backup or image of the drive [whatever would be more appropriate] to secure the data that is currently stored on the hard drive. The drive is 60 GB.

Does anyone know if it is possible to backup the drive or create an image of the drive for security purposes? Are there any particular drive backup/image software packages I should check out?

Also, I know when I log onto my computer, the data in unencrypted. When I shut it down, the data is again encrypted. Will the backed up data be encrypted too?

Any input or help appreciated.

Joseph
 

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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.

Thanks...

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

cheers

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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 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.

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...
zzz2496

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hi

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.

thanks!
 

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

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

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Hi

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

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

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

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

Hello vbkun.





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

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

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums

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Hello,

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

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

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

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

Thanks

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

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

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Hey guys,

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

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

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

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

Thanks

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

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

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

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hi,

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

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

Hello hatemf23,

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

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

Hope this may help some,
Shawn

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

A:Creating System image

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

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Windows 7 Ultimate.

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

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

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

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

A:Creating system image?

Hello Barnabas,

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

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

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

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

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

A:I have tried creating a system image

Hello NoSmoke, and welcome to Eight Forums.

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

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

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

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

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

(with a red progress bar across the screen)

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

close

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

H*lp

Thanks
 

A:Creating a system image onto DVD's

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

A:Creating System Image

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

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

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

Thanks for any advice.

A:Creating a System Image.

It would be worth keeping up to date backups.

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

A:creating system image

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

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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

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

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

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Hello

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

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

A:Creating system image

Perhaps with SYSPREP.

See:

Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep

System Preparation Tool - Use to Customize Windows

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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

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

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

A:Creating system image, the best?

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

Back up on an EXTERNAL hard drive.

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

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

A:creating a system image

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

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Hi

I'm a newbie and really hoping somebody can give me some advice about Windows 8!

I bought a laptop today which has Windows 8 pre-installed. The sales person in the shop told me I should make a system backup once I had set the compute up in case anything ever went wrong. As the laptop doesn't have a disk drive, the sales person told me I should use a USB flash drive to make the backup.

I bought the flash drive, got home set up the PC but now I'm really struggling to work out how I actually make the backup. I've gone into the backup option via my computer and completed that but don't know if that's correct.

The guy in the shop said the backup would be about 8GB and what I've done hasn't even used 1/2GB so it can't be right. I also tried to create a system image but turns out I can't do that with a flash drive (grrr).

Can somebody please give me a guide (for a true beginner) on how to make sure I've actually created a backup? I'd hate for something to go wrong and end up with a laptop I can't use or need to buy Windows again.

Thanks in advance.
Sam

A:Creating a system backup on Windows 8

Will you need to use the Windows system image.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

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Hi

I'm a newbie and really hoping somebody can give me some advice about Windows 8!

I bought a laptop today which has Windows 8 pre-installed. The sales person in the shop told me I should make a system backup once I had set the compute up in case anything ever went wrong. As the laptop doesn't have a disk drive, the sales person told me I should use a USB flash drive to make the backup.

I bought the flash drive, got home set up the PC but now I'm really struggling to work out how I actually make the backup. I've gone into the backup option via my computer and completed that but don't know if that's correct.

The guy in the shop said the backup would be about 8GB and what I've done hasn't even used 1/2GB so it can't be right. I also tried to create a system image but turns out I can't do that with a flash drive (grrr).

Can somebody please give me a guide (for a true beginner) on how to make sure I've actually created a backup? I'd hate for something to go wrong and end up with a laptop I can't use or need to buy Windows again.

Thanks in advance.
Sam

A:Creating a system backup on Windows 8

Will you need to use the Windows system image.

System Image - Create in Windows 8

Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8

System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8

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Hi

have been advised to this but not sure where to start....
I have 3PC?s, 1 external HDD-box and a NAS: all have similar configurations 2 HDD in Raid 1. So I need some advice on software and how/what/where to put the backup discs. D-PC 2 x 500GB HDD; F-PC 2 x 225BG SSD; T-PC 2 x 1TB HDD; External box 2 x1TB HDD; and NAS 2 x 1 TB HDD.

Dan

A:Is creating a system backup worthwhile and if so what's the best way

Try Macrium Reflect - follow the tutorial

Imaging with free Macrium

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

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

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

thanks

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

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

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

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

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

thanks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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