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Windows 7: Drive image question!


06 Sep 2010   #1

 
 
Drive image question!

Years ago I used a little IBM app that put a complete drive image on a floppy, and took less than half an hour to transfer. It had to be an IBM drive though.
When I try to make a drive image nowadays the proggie usually tells me it can only do it to a drive of at least equal size.
Can one not make an image of a partition only, and restore it to a partition of equal size?

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06 Sep 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alsenor View Post
Years ago I used a little IBM app that put a complete drive image on a floppy, and took less than half an hour to transfer. It had to be an IBM drive though.
When I try to make a drive image nowadays the proggie usually tells me it can only do it to a drive of at least equal size.
Can one not make an image of a partition only, and restore it to a partition of equal size?

You can but not with the built in tools. You need something like Acronis true home, or paragon disk suite.


I use Acronis for all my imaging. I back up OS partition only and have restored it several times.

A complete restore takes about 20 mins for 80 gigs

Ken
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06 Sep 2010   #3

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alsenor View Post
Years ago I used a little IBM app that put a complete drive image on a floppy, and took less than half an hour to transfer. It had to be an IBM drive though.
When I try to make a drive image nowadays the proggie usually tells me it can only do it to a drive of at least equal size.
Can one not make an image of a partition only, and restore it to a partition of equal size?

You can but not with the built in tools. You need something like Acronis true home, or paragon disk suite.


I use Acronis for all my imaging. I back up OS partition only and have restored it several times.

A complete restore takes about 20 mins for 80 gigs

Ken
I have Acronis, and would like to try that. But I would rather make a partition with OS plus all installed apps on one partition, and make an image of that. That should save the trouble of re-installing all applications after a restore, shouldn't it?
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06 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Yes, that will work. It's what I do. What version of Acronis do you have?
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06 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You shouldn't need to have target drive the same size, unless you are cloning (even then it wouldn't have to be the same size, but size is a consideration). If you were simply creating a drive image, it would be compressed, and you'd only need to have room for the image file, which in Acronis should be a .tib file.
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06 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

That's exactly what I did: Install Windows 7, set it up the way I wanted, installed and configured all programs I deemed necessary and finally backed up the whole partition with acronis true image onto an external drive. So in case of a total crash I have the system back in working order within 20 or so minutes.
-DG
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06 Sep 2010   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Yes, that will work. It's what I do. What version of Acronis do you have?
Acronis True Image Home 2010.
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06 Sep 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

You can make the image smaller by putting your User folders on a separate data partition (also backed up - I drag and drop to external). This also keeps your data safe in its own "vault" in case of irreparable OS failure.

Then if you need to reimage your OS/programs partition, just reimage the OS partition and your data is next door waiting to go.

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06 Sep 2010   #9

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You can make the image smaller by putting your User folders on a separate data partition (also backed up - I drag and drop to external). This also keeps your data safe in its own "vault" in case of irreparable OS failure.
I just ran a backup image on Acronis, aand there is so much room left on my 500GB second drive that for now it's no problem at all.
I will look for an external enclosure and take that drive out of the tower, so it won't be running all that time for nothing.
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07 Sep 2010   #10

 
 

Just bought the enclosure on Ebay. Geez, that stuff has gotten cheap!
BTW, about the difference between a compressed img backup and cloning.
Cloning takes more space, but I should be able to take the clone drive and boot it, right?
Can you clone partitions too, or only whole disks?
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