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Windows 7: Image data partition only - Windows7 imaging


15 Dec 2010   #1
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 
Image data partition only - Windows7 imaging

Has anybody figured out how to make an image of a data partition with Windows 7 imaging without it dragging the whole system partition along?

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15 Dec 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

Hi Wolfgang -

You can do this from an elevated Command Prompt using:

WBADMIN START BACKUP -BACKUPTARGET:G: -INCLUDE:E:

I just used this to backup Image of my data partition E to external storage G

To avoid requests for user input during backup, end the command with -QUIET

The hitch is that this reimages to the same offset as original, per usual Windows 7 Imaging limitations.
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15 Dec 2010   #3

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The hitch is that this reimages to the same offset as original, per usual Windows 7 Imaging limitations.
Any ideas how to work around this?
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15 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

Sure, use Acronis True Image or Macrium Reflect Free
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15 Dec 2010   #5

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Tho I haven't tried it to a different HD, you should be able to restore to another partition using the restore commands from pe3 boot media.


Like this:

X:\Windows\system32>WBADMIN GET VERSIONS -backuptarget:d:


Backup target: Fixed Disk labeled APPS(G:)
Version identifier: 04/26/2010-17:23
Can recover: Volume(s), File(s)
Snapshot ID: {f18b9ea0-b902-43ae-a1b7-446e66113aaf}

X:\Windows\system32>WBADMIN START RECOVERY -version:04/26/2010-17:23 -itemType:V
olume -items:c: -backuptarget:d: -recoverytarget:f:



Retrieving volume information...
You have chosen to recover volume(s) c:
from the backup created on 4/26/2010 9:23 AM to a different location, f:.
Warning: You have chosen to recover a full volume. This will delete any
existing data on the volume you recover to, even if the operation is canceled
or fails. Before you continue, make sure that this volume does not contain
and data that you might want in the future.

Note: If the recovered volume contains applications, you will need to recover
those applications after you recover the volume.

Do you want to continue?
[Y] Yes [N] No y

Running a recovery operation for volume Vista x86(C:), copied (0%)...
Running a recovery operation for volume Vista x86(C:), copied (99%).
The recovery operation for volume Vista x86(C:) successfully completed.
The recovery operation completed.
Summary of the recovery operation:
--------------------

The recovery operation for volume Vista x86(C:) successfully completed.

X:\Windows\system32>
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15 Dec 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That sounds great - thanks guys. For my "experiments" I did not want to image the system but only a test partition - which is simple with Macrium. I wonder why MS always has to make simple things complicated. But having worked for IBM for 35 years, I think I know the system - LOL.
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