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Windows 7: How Long Does it Take to Make System Restore Image?

23 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
How Long Does it Take to Make System Restore Image?

I'm currently making system restore image, it's been running for about 7 hours, yet its only at 20%.

The OS drive is 350 GB, with the other 2 drives I have about 1.3 TB of data. I'm only backing up the OS drive right now. Is taking such a long time 7 + hours normal?

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23 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
I'm currently making system restore image, it's been running for about 7 hours, yet its only at 20%.

The OS drive is 350 GB, with the other 2 drives I have about 1.3 TB of data. I'm only backing up the OS drive right now. Is taking such a long time 7 + hours normal?
How full is the 350GB system drive?

Under normal conditions, it should take only a few minutes...
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23 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It has 70 GB left. It also has a 10 GB factory partition on it.
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23 Dec 2010   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

You have a problem.
Assuming you are using Windows 7 imaging, the speed of your backup obviously depends on the size of the data being imaged and other factors including the speed of your backup HDD.
Backing up 50 GB of OS, programs, data takes me 20-25min on to an external USB HDD. A similar time to restore.
I use Windows & Macrium Reflect free (very popular).
Suggest you download Macrium Reflect free and give it a go.

Edit: 270GB (by my calculations) is one decent sized "OS drive". You must have a lot of data which I'd be separating.
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23 Dec 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

So in order to make Image Restore go quicker I have to get rid of all the other data on my drive (C)?

Is their anyway I can isolate only the folders I need to run my system and the programs I'm running, without resorting to backing up the registry?

I can't move my data files from the Drive (C) as I don't have any place to put it.

Also something I noticed, when I looked in the progress tab I noticed it was backing up video files that were in drive (G), these files were not on drive (C) but were indexed in my library. So if I was only backing up the system drive why was it copying the files from drive (G). I assumed it was just copying the index of the Libraries and not the actual video files themselves.

Read the backup tutorial and followed all the steps..
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23 Dec 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

It's generally an accepted 'good practice' to split your data (music, photos, video, documents) from your operating system and program installs.

Typically most people have C: drive as OS and installed programs, with a separate partition (D on the same drive for data. Then if you have a problem with the OS, you don't place any valuable personal data in jeopardy should the drive fail or a new install be needed.

Obviousley keep a backup (or backups plural) of your personal data, then image your OS when it's running sweet. Problem solved.
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23 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by allend66 View Post
It's generally an accepted 'good practice' to split your data (music, photos, video, documents) from your operating system and program installs.

Typically most people have C: drive as OS and installed programs, with a separate partition (D on the same drive for data. Then if you have a problem with the OS, you don't place any valuable personal data in jeopardy should the drive fail or a new install be needed.

Obviousley keep a backup (or backups plural) of your personal data, then image your OS when it's running sweet. Problem solved.
Truthfully, very few people do that. In fact, the only ones that know to do it are the more "techie" inclined such as those who frequent this board. The vast majority of people have all their information on the C: drive, just like Windows sets it up. Moving data to a separate partition is a valid point, but is definitely not how most people run their systems.
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23 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

So none of you guys keep data in your User folder? Seems like I have more work to do than I expected.

So if I were to transfer the files to a different drive, that would solve the problem and make it render the image quicker?

I imagine I have about the same amount of GB of data as I do programs installed in program files.
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23 Dec 2010   #9

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
So if I were to transfer the files to a different drive, that would solve the problem and make it render the image quicker?
Yes.

But a little clarification: You can have just one hard disk "drive" in your computer and that drive can be "partitioned" to have multiple "drives" on it. Each partition is treated by Windows 7 as a separate "drive" and is assigned a Drive Letter. Any additional Hard Disk Drives in your computer would be assigned subsequent Drive letters.

So if you created a partition of, say, 80GB and another that took up the rest of the space on your hard drive you would have 2 drives that would show up in My Computer - C: (80GB) and D:. You would put the OS and programs on C: and all your User data on D:.

Now when you make a disk image you will only be backing up the 80GB partition and it will go much faster.
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23 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM --> RTM clean install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
So none of you guys keep data in your User folder? Seems like I have more work to do than I expected.
Personally speaking, no. I simply have all of my data in a truecrypt file kept on a separate partition. I have a sync setup with C:\Users\allend66 to my truecrypt file (mounted as a drive, X:, called "My Documents", and when anything is automatically saved in my user folder, the sync automatically resaves it to my separate partition. Otherwise, if I am prompted for a save destination, I choose my X: drive. Housekeeping as and when necessary in my C\user folder to delete duplicates.

There is a tutorial on this site to change the default path of your user data, but I'm happy with my own method.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bishop101 View Post
So if I were to transfer the files to a different drive, that would solve the problem and make it render the image quicker?
Most probably. For your information, I have my Windows 7 Home Premium and installed programs totalling around 32Gb. I have my personal data saved in a 50Gb truecrypt container, that of course has multiple backups. Imaging my C: drive once a month takes 20 minutes.
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