Quote: Originally Posted by Andy 01
Thats part of my confusion
Only appear to have one image !
Ok here we go.
Connect your backup drive.
Using Wndows Explorer, rt-click on the icon for the drive. choose open.
Here's a snip of what my backup drive shows.
Now select the folder with the name of your computer and choose Open
Rt-clk on the folder containing backups and choose Open
You will see several backups listed.
My next objective here is to indicate to you the Win 7 backup is incremental. I will show you you, via properties, the size of the first backup and then I will repeat the same sequence using the latest backup.
You will see there is a considerable size difference.
What you will do is rt-clk on a folder, and choose the properties item.
Here are the clips of my first and last.
That demonstrates the vast difference in the size of the backup of the folders and files on your computer.
Now we are going to look at the size of the image backup, a VHD file.
Using the Win explorer back arrow go back to that original display of folders on your backup drive. You will see a folder named WindowsImageBackup. Rt-clk, choose open.
You are going to see a folder with your computer name. Rt-clk, Open
You are going to see a backup folder. Rt-clk, Open
You will see a list of files, most contain info that restore operation uses, but
you will see one VHD file per partition you included in the sytem backup.
Notice the size of the image file.
This should help calm you worries about a rampart disk space chewer.
For a very excellent explanation of Win 7 Backup and Restore, I recommend Brink's tutorial: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
You may want to look at another piece of his handiwork: Backup User and System Files - Delete Backups - Windows 7 Forums