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Q: System image backup

Hi all,I have a question that I hope is not a foolish one.I do a system image backup every month in windows 7.
It also asks me if I want a system repair disc which I did the first time.Do I have to make a new repair disc everytime I do a backup.Thanx,Tony.

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Preferred Solution: System image backup

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: System image backup

When your computer won't boot, a System Repair Disc is used to bring you into the System Repair Options to perform a system restore, perform an image restore, open a command prompt, or repair the startup environment. It is independent of updates and service packs. Therefore, you do not need to create a System Repair Disc every time you make a system image backup. Also, if you have the Windows 7 Installation DVD, it will work as a System Repair Disc.
 

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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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Can someone tell by these jpgs if the 6/28/10 "backup" is just a user files backup or a complete System Image Backup with user files backup included which I think is my default b/u setup now ?

Thanks....TR

A:Is this a general backup or system IMAGE & BACKUP

The items in the right pic could be moved to a flash drive or burned to CD. You will have to find them.

The Flash is easy to redownload. The Windows Security updates will just download and install again.

I'll check what my Sys Restore looks like and be back in a moment for the left picture.
I want to be sure.

My last Back up System Restore looks like yours. So this is defintely a System Restore point you are showing.
They changed the wording a bit on Win7 compared to XP.
If you need to go back that far you can try it.
Transfer what you can.

Mike

Yes System Image.

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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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Can some one tell me what the differences are between system image, system restore and system backup.

Also I made a system image and stored the file on an external drive and can't find the image file. Can someone tell me how I can find the file - did a search and organized the drive by date and could not find the file.

A:Difference between system image, system rest and backup

System Image is a copy of your hard drive
System restore copies your OS
Back up and restore copies your personal doucments etc

On my system the file is windows image and backup.

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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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Now that my machine is purring I am interested in a good system image that is bootable.  I will perform this image on an internal HD using a docking station and put the HD away until the next image.  I have looked at several programs that perform these images but just read this BC tutorial for using the Win 7 backup/image.  Very informative and I'm willing to try it.  I also read a couple of the other suggested tuts as well.  I do have a couple of questions if someone can answer them.  
 
1. Can the drive where the image is stored be partitioned to use for backing other data or should it be dedicated to the Win 7 image backup?
2. Will a new image overwrite the old?
3. I want to make sure that the image will be able to boot and replace the system on the main system drive if necessary.  
 
Thanks for any information provided.

A:Win 7 backup/system image ?

The free [email protected] Disk Image software i talk about in your other thread would do just what you need. Save full HDD back up as single file & store other files on the same external HDD. Make sure the drive your going to backup to is bigger than the one your backing up because if not how would a full back up fit.

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I decided eventually that I should probably download (whilst it's available) the free Win10 offered by MS.
My PC is not running perfectly by any means & I now think it could take some time to properly sort out the problems.
Maybe an Install of Win10 will help but maybe it won't even install.
 
So I figure I should at least have a backup & system image of what I have now before attempting the Win10 install.
Problem right there. Every time I try I have the same message not enough disc space I I think on C ).
 
Here's what I have:
OS  =  Win7 (64) Home Ed.
C drive: (vssadmin list shadowstorage), on 240Gb SSHD.  Used 114Gb, free 123Gb.
I think somewhere there is a dedicated 100GB section which might not be available ???
The HD I intended to hold the backup has 381Gb free.
 
What is the simplest solution, suggestions, please

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Has anyone found a system image backup utility in Windows 8 Customer Preview ? I have found some discussion of this that says go to Control Panel / Restore. I can not find that option. I do see Control Panel / Recovery which has system Refresh and Reset options.

A:System Image backup

Hi bnc123 and welcome to Eight Forums. You need to open control panel in large or small icons view to see it. Click at the top right to change the view.

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it says i need a media of at least 1 gb, my cd's are 700 mb: do they make a cd or dvd that's at least 1gb ? can i use blank dvd's ? i made a system repair disk ok; do i need a system image backup, since i have the repair disk ? i don't have a copy of windows/7; thanks

A:system image backup ?

Blank DVD's are 4.7gb. I just backed up a new Acer (Win 7) lap top and it took 4 DVD's

BG

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I am running Windows 7 Ultimate. I do a complete system image backup each week to an external hard drive. However each new backup seems to overwrite the previous backup. Is there any way to keep several generations of the image backups?

A:System Image Backup

From all I have seen and heard, the Win7 Backup/Restore is not yet ready for prime time. A lot of people had problems with it. And that could be fatal the day you need to recover your system. I would recommend you use a proven program for that. My current favorite is free Macrium because it is really efficient and it works. Here is a little tutorial that I have posted. You'll see it is childs play to use it.
Image your system with free Macrium

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Hello all,
 
Some time ago, I cloned my 128 GB ssd with Win 8 installed on it to a 2 TB hdd for the purpose of having a bootable backup copy of my ssd. So, now I have 128GB of drive space on the 2TB hdd devoted to a copy of Win 8, while the rest is a partition for various data, games and programs. Now I want to update the Win 8 copy on the 2TB drive. If I understand correctly, cloning again will wipe out the data partition on the 2TB drive. I'd like to not lose that data, so I was wondering if a recently made system image backup of the 128 GB ssd can be used on the 2TB drive Win 8 install without wiping out the data partition. Thanks, for your time.

A:System image backup

In theory it could, as you are asked which partitions and/or hard drives you don't want to format, but I've never tried it the way you want to do it and I have a feeling that you wouldn't even be permitted to choose to not format that data partition, but even if you did, I would consider it risky, assuming you don't have all that data backed up elsewhere.
 
I just took a few minutes to think about this a bit more.
Seems to me that I remember wanting to do something similar, so what I did was put the Windows System Image onto the data partition, knowing that Windows couldn't possibly overwrite the image itself while restoring it, thus the data partition would be safe, but it didn't work.
I got a notification to the effect of,
Windows cannot use this image as it is on the drive that needs to be formatted in order to restore the image.
Those are my words, but you get the picture.
 
In short, I don't think there is any way for you to do it, but I'll keep it in the back of my mind and advise you, if I figure out another way.

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A:Is a backup the same as a system image?

A System Image creates an exact copy of the contents (all files, folders, system settings, etc) on the entire hard drive which can be stored on an external hard drive. System Image is intended for a major catastrophe such as when your computer will no longer boot or severe malware infection.A backup copies your personal files such as those in My Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. Backup is intended for for restoring items on a small scale in case you accidentally overwrite or delete them.Backup and Restore in Windows 7How to Backup your files in Windows 7How to Restore files from backup in Windows 7What is a system image in Windows 7How to create a Windows system image to back up your programs, system settings, and files in Windows 7How to create a Windows system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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I have had win 10 on my laptop 5 months or so being upgraded from win 8, 8.1 etc. In this time I have not been able to backup to my (eSATA) external HD. I need to do some program work so I want to back up before going ahead. Before someone says use this or that backup program to accomplish the backup. My desire is to have win 10 able to function properly before taking another road.

When I tried my back up this morning it looked like it was running through the whole process but in the end it said failed to backup, giving code 0x807800C5 . My backup location has 3tb so there is plenty of room for it.

Thanks for any info
Terry

A:Can not Backup or system image, Win 10

Hello Terry,

Can you post a screenshot of your disks and partitions using the disk management window? I am wondering if you might have some partitions that are causing problems with the backup such as multiple EFI system partitions.

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hi, i've backup hdd image using built-in backup & restore utility and moved the backup image to usb hdd. just so happened that win7 Ult 64-bit got corrupted last night and i've been trying to re-image since, without success.

the issue is the restore utilit couldn't find my backup image file. and the odd thing is it doesn't allow me to browse to the image file but instead having to connect to "network". where should i copy the backup image file to so that the restore utility can have access to it and re-image the hdd?

i've chosen advance recoery options, and asked to reboot. have tried all that i can find on the web on how to re-image and they all seems pretty easy but somehow it doesn't work for me.

if reboot, it will load recovery console and says windows cannot find a system image on this computer. attach the backup hard disk or insert the final dvd from a backup set and click retry. alternatively, close this dialog for more options.

i've re-installed win7 and trying to restore to the image i created but still having same issue.

any pointers?

tia

A:where to put backup system image?

Hello Foxxkat,

The problem happened when you moved the saved backup from it's original location to another location. When you do this, the backup will no longer be able to be restored from.

You might see if you may be able to manually extract any needed files from the system image backup using the tutorial below though.

System Image - Extract Files Using Disk Management

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I have just created a System Image Backup on my "slave" drive which I had done once before. When I look at the "WindowsImageBackup" folder it is dated prior to my last backup. Does that mean that I didn't get a new image or that it replaced my previous image but didn't change the date?

Also can I move the image to a flash drive or an external HD and restore from there?

A:System Image backup

The correct date of your last image taken should be on the subfolder within WindowsImageBackup.

If in doubt, you can attach the .vhd files in Disk management to browse and edit their contents: Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD

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I perform an incremental back-up every day using the built-in backup program.

How often would you do a whole system image? I was thinking of only doing that every few months or less. Each image would be 80GB.

A:Backup of system image?

Unless you make a lot of changes, backup once in 15 days.

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Does anyone know: is the actual backup image created during a system image backup available to be viewed in a directory tree structure anywhere ?

My interest stems from having executed the backup (successfully) onto an external drive from within a 2 500 GB disk RAID 0 environment, comprising several partitions striped across the disks.

Would the disk 0 image have been copied in its entirety, or would all system info as striped across both disks have been copied ?

Likewise, what will the restore operation actually write back, and to where ?

A:System Image Backup

Welcome!

I am by no means the expert on RAID, but I know a bit.

I believe it depends on whether you have a hardware RAID controller or you are using a mirror from Windows. If you have a hardware array, the OS views it as one drive. If not, then you might run into issues.

Hope someone else can come along and correct/add to this.

~JK

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In the past I have always used Acronis True Image to create a System Image. However, I have two issues with Acronis, firstly it is not cheap at around 40 ($60 US) per computer and secondly it has more bells and whistles than a Thailand Taxi - consequently I have only ever used about 10% of its functionality.

User data files are no longer an issue because online Cloud storage is either free or very inexpensive. It works well, uses minimal system resources and can be setup to happen seamlessly in the background. So for a user to become physically involved in making backups of data files is quickly becoming a thing of the past. For me it is already a thing of the past.

So the question now is - What is the best solution for creating a System Image Backup in W8.1?

Not to be confused - I am referring specifically here to a "Full System Image Backup" and not to the quick and easy W8.1 Recovery Drive, which is a simple task for which one only needs a relatively low-capacity USB.

Most computers today are delivered with the next-to-useless manufacturers "Recovery Partition". After using a computer for a period of time, who in their right mind would want to revert the machine back to the system state in which it was delivered. I have yet to be convinced that these "Recovery Partitions" are anything but an easy way for Support to provide so-called support while the machine is still under warranty. Just try it - log a support call with a manufacturer wh... Read more

A:System Image Backup

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I have just upgraded and am backing up my system image to an external drive. I've noticed that the path showing is
Control Panel> All Control Panel Items> Backup and Restore (Windows 7). I don't understand that path, when I'm dealing with Windows 10. The path is what Windows Backup set without any action from me.

Am I doing something wrong?

A:First system image backup: is this right?

That's OK. You are fine. You didn't do anything wrong.
There is another way to do the same thing..............
Control Panel > File History.
Both Backup and Restore (Windows 7) and File History lead you to the same place...... to run system Image backup.

By the way, you system image backup is store in the ext hdd under WindowsImageBackup folder.

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I have an HP Notebook 15-ba020nr that I purchased 8/2016.  Windows 10 OS.  I ran into a problem doing a System Restore and Technical Support walked me through a number of things but in the end I was told I needed to do a System Recovery.  I am doing that now.   I asked Technical support if After doing the System Recovery, if i could restore a System Image Backup that I have on an external HD (USB) that I created in September.  I created the System Image from: Control Panel > System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7) > Create a System Image.  They said "no" I could not do that.  I really would like to be able to do that because I do not want to manually reinstall all my software (I mean the software I purchased later--not the pre-instaled software).  I thought the System Image  backup was just for this purpose. So, I am asking if I can restore a System Image Backup after I do a System Recovery?  If not, an explanation would be nice.  Thank you in advance. Susie

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In the past, system image backups from my Toshiba laptop to an external HD worked, but now I get the error displayed in the JPG attached in this post.
I have done the CHKDSK/R on my hard drive but the backup still fails. I even tried a different external hard drive, but the results are the same. It fails after it is running the backup for a few minutes.
Can anyone suggest a solution? Thanks.

A:System Image Backup fails

I have two recommendations:

1.) Something like this happened to me a couple of times on Win7. Try treeing down and opening EVERYTHING in the navigation pane, and see if you accidentally dragged and dropped a folder or drive into another. Specially look for the drive for your backups somewhere on the C: (system) drive. I causes a link that tries to backup your backup drive, screwing everything up.

2.) Try using Macrium Reflect.

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In the past, system image backups from my Toshiba laptop to an external HD worked, but now I get the error displayed in the JPG attached in this post.
I have done the CHKDSK/R on my hard drive but the backup still fails. I even tried a different external hard drive, but the results are the same. It fails after it is running the backup for a few minutes.
Can anyone suggest a solution? Thanks.

A:System Image Backup fails

I have two recommendations:

1.) Something like this happened to me a couple of times on Win7. Try treeing down and opening EVERYTHING in the navigation pane, and see if you accidentally dragged and dropped a folder or drive into another. Specially look for the drive for your backups somewhere on the C: (system) drive. I causes a link that tries to backup your backup drive, screwing everything up.

2.) Try using Macrium Reflect.

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I have run the "create system image" successfully until today. I have an external HD for that image file. It appears to run, goes through the steps and says it has created the image. But when I go to the external HD and click on the Image file that was created there is nothing there. It shows 0. What could I have done to do this. I even looked for that image file on my C: drive, just in case, but it is not there either.

A:System Image Backup missing

Jay

Is the internal drive split into 2 partitions? How much total space on c and free space on c? By 0 you mean zero bytes, or you dont see anything?

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Hi All, I have just ventured into system imaging & am finding my way around with it
I know there is a lot of options available but i have just started with the basics of creating a partition and useing the Windows system image backup to get the feel of things
All things aside my question is; "what are the chances of a system image becoming infected by a virus or malware"?
"Is it safe to exclude it from on demand scans or should i always include it?"
This is probably one of those dumb questions but it is one that has puzzled me for a long time ever since the intoduction of Recovery Partitions

A:System Image backup & Scanning

Clean all temps, including history,java and cookies.
Empty recycle bin
Run your antivirus and antispyware scans
Defrag

Now, if everything is clean, set a new restore point. You should be safe to create a system image backup

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I do not know for sure if system image is the right word to describe what i am looking to do, i will describe what i want so you can tell me if it is what a system image does or if it is something else.
 
The thing i am looking to do is as follows, write the necessary stuff to a USB drive at time T=0. Then at time T=later if something went wrong  (my system hardware, or i had a severe virus infection, or something went wrong with my software, or even if i had to dump the original system hardware completely and get a brand new piece of hardware to run my system on) i could plug this USB stick into the repaired/brand new/wiped machine and after a few "hours-minutes-back to hours-now it's days-oh sorry just 10 seconds left " of file copy dialog (or whatever the equivalent is for copying the stuff across under these circumstances) my old system as it was at time T=0 would now be running on the repaired, wiped or brand new hardware. Is this what a system image does or is a system image more limited in it's abilities than that? I'm looking for a method where in an emergency you could wipe a system completely, or find a new one, and use this USB to install onto it the old system exactly as it was at T=0. 
 
For whatever process is needed to create that "emergency repair" USB drive (which would allow a user to recreate an old system exactly as it was at a previous time on repaired/wiped/new hardware  ) can som... Read more

A:making a "system image" backup, how?

You are correct, this would be referred to as a system image backup. When you say USB stick, keep in mind that the drive you store the system image file needs to be atleast as big as the "used" space on your hard drive. You probably will need an external hard drive which has more storage capacity than a USB stick.
 
There are a few free programs that can do this, but Windows has this function built-in.
 
There is actually a great article here on BC about creating a Windows 7/8 system image backup: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/create-system-image-in-windows-7-8/. Just scroll down to the section How to create a backup system image in Windows 7 and Windows 8 for instructions on creating a manual backup.
 
As far as restoring the system image, here is another BC article that walks you through the process: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/system-image-recovery-in-windows-7-8/
 
Keep in mind that unless you paid for a Retail Windows license, you can't install Windows on a new computer, or even the same computer with a different motherboard. If your computer came with Windows, the license only applies to that computer. However, if you buy a new computer that comes with Windows, there should be a way to work around the licensing issue, as the new computer comes with it's own license (but only if the new computer has the exact same version of Windows as your old computer). Isn't Windows licensing just super fun? 

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Hello,

I'm amazed what are the real differences between backup and system image. I've heard that system image stores all data plus programs (including operating system) stored on the Windows drive (say, C:\) and on the other hand, backup only stores data of Windows drive (C:\).

In this state, system image has more power to saves us from lacks of OS, apps and also data.
But in steps of backing up in Windows 7, there is some writing that says, "it also create a system image"! So in this status, backup is backup of data + system image, so has everything of the both in itself. Is it correct?

A:Differences between backup and system image

Hello Kurdman,

You are correct on the differences.

When you setup a Windows Backup, you have the option to also include creating a system image at the same time. They are still separate items though.

Backup User and System Files

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

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Hi,

I am using a HP laptop, and as most of you know, it comes with a Recovery partition. So now, I wanted to do a System Image of my C: Drive only, but when I am in the place to select the drive to backup to, it forces me to backup the C:, and Recovery drive, when all I want is to just backup the C: Drive. And I cannot see anywhere the option to not backup the Recovery Partition. Please help.

Thanks,
Slasher

A:System Image Backup Problem

Have you looked at Macrium Reflect Free Edition, which is more flexible and has a saner interface?

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

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It's been around since Vista, but I rarely ever hear anything - either good or bad - about it.

A:Does anybody use the built-in System Image Backup?

Some like it and some don't. I use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download which a lot on here also use.

Jim

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Hi,

I have W7 PC with Windows preinstalled by the manufacturer (ASUS).

I want to save a copy of my W7 OS on a DVD, just in case my HD crashes and I need to buy a new HD and get Windows reinstalled.

I do not need to backup my personal files and folders.

Is System Image Backup the correct way to accomplish this.....?

If so, how do I exclude non Windows OS files from the backup....?


Thank you,
boyboyds.

A:System Image Backup - I am still confused.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by boyboyds


I want to save a copy of my W7 OS on a DVD, just in case my HD crashes and I need to buy a new HD and get Windows reinstalled.

Is System Image Backup the correct way to accomplish this.....?

If so, how do I exclude non Windows OS files from the backup....?


Yes, imaging is what you need.

You exclude non Windows OS files from the backup by moving them off the C partition. Imaging captures everything in the chosen partition.

There are imaging apps other than the Windows built-in app that some say are preferable--Macrium, Acronis, for instance.

However, if you don't already have an ordinary Window 7 installation disc, you should also probably download an ISO of one from mydigitallife.info and burn it to a disc.

The burned ISO will give you a clean installation of Windows.

The image file will, if restored, restore your C drive to the state it was in at the time you made the image---which is not the same as a clean install.

If your hard drive fails, its up to you to decide if you want to do a clean install onto the new drive or instead restore an image.

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Good day!

I just started to use Win7 backup and restore feature and got confused all over. I know the difference between Backup and System Image but here's the confusing part:

I created a system image that contains all my drive. Then, I created new, full back up, let Windows choose what to back up and BY DEFAULT it created a system image which I assume would kill the system image I created before I do this full backup. Now since Windows didn't backup everything, I believe the system image is not the whole image of my computer. I thought the solution would be easy, just click the "CREATE SYSTEM IMAGE" on the left pane, but what about when the next backup schedule is up, this system image would also get overwritten right??

I just want to have one SYSTEM IMAGE of:
System
C:
D:
Which made a total of 171GB
and store it inside my 500GB external hard disk

I also want to set a full backup and have an incremental backup stored in that same external hard disk, running by weekly basis WITHOUT messing around with the first system image I created. Anyone have any idea how can I get this thing done?

A:System Image & Full Backup

Hello EP, and welcome to Seven Forums.

A system image (computer) is saved in the WindowsImageBackup folder, and a Windows Backup (files) is saved into the computer-name folder.

Each system image created is a new backup period of your complete computer (all system drives included by default). This is true whether it was created through Windows Backup or a separate system image by you.

By default, system image periods will only be deleted when the HDD space runs out of space to make room for new ones. Because of this, you may want to rename the WindowsImageBackup folder to keep the first system image that you want to always keep. This way you can keep your other ones in a separate updated WindowsImageBackup folder.


For more details about these two, you can read the top part of the tutorials below. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
Backup User and System Files
Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups
Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Hi guys, I've read with interest this forum.. I'll try & keep this brief as I can... I did a W7 system image backup on 5 DVDs. My Pc is a DELL XPS 15z which has the eject button as a key on the keyboard. I had a virus on my PC & tried to reinstall the image but I can only get as far as entering the last disc from the back up set.. when I try to eject the dvd it won't work unless I abort & boot into windows!! Since then I did a clean reinstall of windows 7, but I have realised I've lost my Microsoft office that came with the original Dell system software.I've also lost the original Dell back up so I can't restore with Dell recovery. How can I gt this problem solved? I have the image on 5 DVDs but I can't get it back on the laptop! Can it be transferred to a usb flash drive or a partition in my hard drive? Any help would be really appreciated.

A:system image backup on 5 DVDs

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You might try the steps in this tutorial:
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

See the note box above step 1.

That note box has a link where you might be able to download a Windows ISO file.

I say "might" because the links to some of the ISO files are not always functional as of late.

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Has anyone ever used this program? I saved a backup image of my system with it on an external usb hdd today and was just wondering if I ever need it if it will work to restore my system? Thanks! Best Free Backup Software for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP

A:System image backup program

some of them have the limitation of 32bit Bios PC's

you have to pay for UEFI 64bit systems

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Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc

Just earlier I was to make an image backup of my Win7 pc. I am using DiscWizard and just went through the it but was rprised to see that there is no "system reserved" in the Partition Selection box. Previously there was a checkbox and a System Reserved. Please see image attached.



It always had that there as a selection. I remember it vividly because I also asked it here in a pevious thread and made it a point to remember to include it(check the checkbox) because it would cause a non-boot.

I exited DiscWizard and went to My Computer and I am surprised to see that there is also no System Reserved reflected there. Please see image attached.



Previously I installed Paragon Backup and Restore 10 Suite(Twitter edition) and removed Seagate DiscWizard. PBR10 has file/folder backup option that I would like to test. Encountered problems as PBR would not recognize the folder backup did(3 out of 3 errors. It would detect the archive but when I was to verify the integrity I cannot go to "Next"because of it). So uninstalled PBR. Re-installed Seagate DiscWizad.

Now I see that there is no System Reserved.

(1)What is wrong there...? Am I missing something...? What can I do to make it appear again?

I went through making the image backup and validate it. It was okay. I attempted to do a restore via the Linux cd at boot. It went through normally (Partition and Disc to restore > Primary/Ac... Read more

A:Cannot see System Reserved during image backup etc

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu.

Have you tried running Win7 Backup imaging? Type backup in Start Search box, see what it wants to save to another HD.

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I originally posted this to the tutorial section but no one has answered me and if i posted it in the wrong section you can remove it and leave it where it does belong but i really would like an answer before i go out and purchase a new external HD and find out i bought it for nawt.

I used the system image backup in windows 7 home premium.
btw i backed it up to an external HD
It made a folder with several subfolders after the backup and was about 55gigs
Now it is next month and i added programs, updates etc and i want to make another image does it go over the existing image backup or does it create a new folder with new subfolders?
I would like to understand this because i plan on purchasing a bigger HD and want to estimate how much I need

Also when i get the bigger external HD and do another backup image since it will not see the first one will it make a new beginning one? or will it have a fit and look for the old one on the other smaller external HD- then what would I do?
I did the first one just so i could see how it is done and to have something until I get a bigger external HD

thank you very much
Robin

A:Question about Backup System Image

I am not sure how much room it will use but you don't need to worry about it not fitting. It MAY overwrite the existing image. It may give you a warning when you start it. You will want to use the last one you created anyway, so it's okay to create another "on top of the one you have now.

I have a 250GB external and back up 4 systems on it with Windows imaging tool. I have run it on each computer several times and still have 60-70GBGB free space.

Hope this helps.

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A couple days ago I took a system image backup of Windows 10 to a 3TB drive - something unsupported in Windows 7 because of the 4k segment size. At least I think I took a backup - it did something for a long time. But I just looked at it and Windows says it's 0 bytes long. Is there any way to know whether I actually have a backup short of trying to restore it?

A:How to validate system image backup

When seeing a full system image backup made here my first move is to browse directly to the folder afterwards to see how large the system image is. You simply to the location with an explorer window. For verification of the integrity that would take having a spare drive you can restore the image to and boot from afterwards long enough to verify a working image had been created.

I think you may the following quote about the differences seen between MBR and GPT are not simply the limitations in Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10 to 2tb but how changing from MBR to GPT is used to overcome the 2-2.2tb limitation seen with MBR.






Let me take a few minutes to talk about the mysterious 2TB limit. In fact, in a word, it is due to the type of initialization performed on the disk. Your disk is MBR type! The MBR supports up to 2TB per single partition. So you can only see and use 2TB in your computer. How To Solve The Problem? Now that you have known 2TB is the max volume in a MBR disk. I also want to tell you that there are two types of disk, another is called GPT(GUID Partition Table), a new partition/disk style, which support bigger than 2TB. So the solution is converting MBR to GPT? Yes, it is!
At first, verify that your computer equipped with UEFI if your system partition is in the pre MBR disk. The UEFI will show up in the bios. Second, it is about operating system requirements. You can consult the chart below.



The chart showing each version a... Read more

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If I understand what I did correctly, when I first created a System Image Backup, Win 7 created a folder on a External drive called WindowsImageBackup.

I would like to start fresh with a new full System Image Backup. But, I think I need to delete the folder already created. My supposition is that I can just move to this directory on my External drive and through Windows Explorer, delete it. But this is a supposition.

Will somone advise?

A:How delete System Image Backup

I haven't done it - but you will find out if you rt click it and select delete.

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PLEASE SUGGEST ME SOLOTION FOR SYSTEM IMAGE BACKUP ERROR WHILE DONE ON DVD, WE RECEIVE MESSAGE "CLASS NOT REGISTERED (0X80040154)

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Hi,
I am trying to run a system image file back upon my sony z5 with windows 7 Pro. I have connected my ipod (as an external drive) and it appears in the drop down menu as an available HDD to make the back up to. It is accepted and the back up begins as normal. Shortly after I get a window asking me to label and insert a media larger than 1GB. I click Ok because the ipod is already connected. The back up seems to then roll back a little and starts off again. However, after a few minutes, the dialogue box "label a blank media and insert it into the drive "E" reappears . Drive E is where the ipod is connected and there is adequate space available for the back up. What am I doing wrong?

A:System Image Backup looks for drive

How is the iPod formatted?

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I'm trying to make a system image and configure backups but I'm unable to select the internal drive that has the space I need.

I have a 1Tb drive partioned into C:\ [Win7] and D:\ [Data]
and a 750Gb drive [H:\] that used to have XP on it that I want to put my backups on.
I used to dual boot XP and Win7.

Computer Managment > Disk Management shows

C: Healthy (Boot, Page File, Active, Crash Dumo, Primary Partition)
D: Healthy (Primary Partition)
H: Healthy (System, Active, Primary Partition)

System Imaging/Backup help says you can't backup to the system (startup) drive (not sure why?)

Is there any way to change which drive is designated as the system drive?

I've removed the dual boot and used bcdedit on C: to only reference itself
What's else do I need to do to make C: the system drive?

Thanks

- Norm

A:Backup/System Image problem

That H drive has boot files for XP. As long as those files are there, it will not let you back up to it. You can remove them and put them back if you ever want to boot to XP again.

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In Windows 7 you have the ability to do a system image
I know how to do this and it works great on all my machines, in fact one of my hd failed and i used the image to put it all back so I know it works.

I have upgraded 2 window 7 computers to windows 8 Pro and the system image works fine
I just got a new latpop running Windows 8 Pro and when running the system image to the external HD it came up with an error msg that there is not enough space on the external hd to run the image. Now this is impossible because it says it needs 36gis and on this external hd there is 250 gigs free.
I thought maybe it was the external HD so I tried it with another one I have. I even rebooted just in case something hung up,
It came up with the same message, this HD has 500gigs free
What could be causing Windows 8 to think these drives are full?

I used one of these HD's as a test on my upgraded Windows 8 pro desktop just to see if it was the hd, and there it made the image with no complaints at all so it is not the external hds

Maybe one of you can give me a suggestion? btw it makes the system repair disk fine with no problems at all

A:System Image Backup Problem

With the new laptop - if that is what you think it is - have you tried updating your chipset drivers hence you storage driver? You could also go the manufactures website /support and type in the name of the laptop - should bring up a list of drivers -w8 maybe included-if so they may have some help there - with Asus (that's company i stick with) they also have a list of problems and resolutions.

Looking at the hard drive - it may have something left on it, which is causing the issue - i would delete the partitions etc in diskmanagement - scrub it clean (if nothing else works).

Also try the forums at the manufactures site - if there are issues they will appear there.

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