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Windows 7: Making a disk image - for backup

07 Oct 2010   #1

W7 Home Prem, Vista home Prem
Making a disk image - for backup

Hi folks,

There is a tutorial on the forums which shows how to use windows 7 (i presume) to make a full disk image backup for restore purposes.

My first question: is this disk image the same as one which would be produced by say norton ghost?

Is Windows 7 the first Microsoft os to
Have this feature built in?

If so i presume there is no longer a need for 3rd party ghosting apps (other than those folks not using 7?)

Basically I need to make an image of a drive before I install win 7 so does anyone have any recommendations of a good ghosting prog - preferably free. Otherwise I guess I'll need to buy one online tonight


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07 Oct 2010   #2

Win 7 Ultimate x64 desktop, Win 8.1.1 x64 laptop, Win 7 Home x64 netbook, Win 8.1.1 x64 tablet

The disk image created by Win 7 is not the same as that created by Ghost in that the two images would not be identical bit-for-bit. However, when images are restored by their respective programs the end result would be the same, a fully restored disk.

As far as I know, Win 7 is the 1st MS OS to include disk imaging but I'm not 100% certain of that.

There will always be a need for 3rd party apps because they have different features or they're faster, better interface, more intuitive, etc...

One free imaging program that gets recommended a lot on these forums is Macrium Reflect. I've never used it but I understand it's pretty decent.
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07 Oct 2010   #3

W7 Home Prem, Vista home Prem

Thanks for the response - just what I needed. I'll be downloading and testing when I get home from work!

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07 Oct 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Here's a good tutorial at the link below.

Imaging with free Macrium
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07 Oct 2010   #5

W7 Home Prem, Vista home Prem

many thanks guys - I love this place and sorry for mispost. Didnt even spot the tweaking forum!

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