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Windows 7: System Image Backup Problem

14 Jan 2011   #1

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 
System Image Backup Problem

Hi,

I am using a HP laptop, and as most of you know, it comes with a Recovery partition. So now, I wanted to do a System Image of my C: Drive only, but when I am in the place to select the drive to backup to, it forces me to backup the C:, and Recovery drive, when all I want is to just backup the C: Drive. And I cannot see anywhere the option to not backup the Recovery Partition. Please help.

Thanks,
Slasher

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14 Jan 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Have you looked at Macrium Reflect Free Edition, which is more flexible and has a saner interface?
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14 Jan 2011   #3

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Hi,

No thanks, I do not want to use any 3rd party tool for backup, I want to strictly use Windows 7 backup, which is fine. Anyone else have a solution?

Slasher
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14 Jan 2011   #4

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Anyone???
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14 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I would use the ms image backup. (don't worry about it imaging the recovery partition as well as the C drive.) One thing some manufacturers provide is that after you have made the recovery disks as per their instructions, they then give you and option of removing the recovery partition.
If not then you might be OOL, (Out Of Luck). I would check with HP on the model of your laptop.

Rich
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14 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

I will say this about image recovery, I use Acronis for imaging and it works great, cheap price and good software.

YMMV
Rich
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14 Jan 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Are you sure you aren't confusing the 100MB system reserved with the recovery partition. Windows imaging will always image the 100MB system reserved partition because it's critical to booting your PC.
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14 Jan 2011   #8
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
Hi,

No thanks, I do not want to use any 3rd party tool for backup, I want to strictly use Windows 7 backup, which is fine. Anyone else have a solution?

Slasher
There is no solution. Windows7 imaging is all screwed up. If you want to wrestle with it, that's fine. But you will find that it is of zero use. Besides having no options, it is very, very unreliable. And who wants that for an imaging program which is supposed to be your lifeline.

Use free Macrium as suggested. It is easy, fast and reliable. I have done several dozen recoveries with it and never had a problem.
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14 Jan 2011   #9

win7 ultimate / virtual box
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
Hi,

I am using a HP laptop, and as most of you know, it comes with a Recovery partition. So now, I wanted to do a System Image of my C: Drive only, but when I am in the place to select the drive to backup to, it forces me to backup the C:, and Recovery drive, when all I want is to just backup the C: Drive. And I cannot see anywhere the option to not backup the Recovery Partition. Please help.

Thanks,
Slasher
I am pretty sure windows imaging Doesnt give you that option and I have had some images fail when i have tried to recover using windows imaging, so despite being a Microsoft professional I do recommend Macrium reflect which is free and flexible and simple to use
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14 Jan 2011   #10

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Hi,

I decided to just remove the Recovery partition, as I already made Recovery Disks for my laptop. I was left backing up my C: Drive, and the SYSTEM partition, which, if I am correct, is made with every Windows 7 installation right?

Slasher
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