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Windows 7: System restore & images

21 Feb 2011   #1
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 
System restore & images

Can anyone tell where Win 7 stores 'System Restore Points' and 'System Images'?

Thanks


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21 Feb 2011   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

System restore writes to hidden System Volume Information files.

System Images you create yourself and store externally: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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21 Feb 2011   #3
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 
Mr

gregrocker - thanks for you reply. Info was very helpful.

This brings up another question. I am just now setting up a new laptop. When I go to create a system image, it says that it will use 'system reserve', Drive D (Downloads) and Drive C (Win 7) for the image. How do I get rid of Drive D for this?

Thanks
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21 Feb 2011   #4
GeneO

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crgibson View Post
gregrocker - thanks for you reply. Info was very helpful.

This brings up another question. I am just now setting up a new laptop. When I go to create a system image, it says that it will use 'system reserve', Drive D (Downloads) and Drive C (Win 7) for the image. How do I get rid of Drive D for this?

Thanks
The System reserved partition is your active system partition (where the BIOS finds the bootmgr to boot up from and also bitlocker information). You cannot make an image backup without it. It is usually not assigned a drive letter, so it is odd you are using this partition for other uses.

Can you snip and post what my computer -> manage -> Disk management Shows?
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21 Feb 2011   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

You should be able to uncheck the D drive in imaging app, unless some of your System files have been derailed to it during install.

Post back the requested screenshot of maximized full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings and we can advise you better.
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21 Feb 2011   #6
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 

Will have find out how to post snipping tool. can make the image but can't post it.
Will be able to do it next PM.
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21 Feb 2011   #7
GeneO

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.
 
 

Right click My Computer -> Manage -> Disk management

then

start menu-> All Programs -> Accessories -> snipping tool

and use it to capture disk management.

Then in the quick reply menu here, select the paper clip to upload the snipped jpg here.
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22 Feb 2011   #8
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 

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Drive D is the question. See image below (check marks are very faint - system reserve is not shown here but is checked). There is nothing in Drive D.

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22 Feb 2011   #9
GeneO

Windows 7 64 bit SP1. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot.
 
 

Ah, you have changed the your windows downloads location to your D: drive form its default location on your C: drive. It is considered as part of windows so will get backed up as part of the image. Don't know of a way to turn it off.
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22 Feb 2011   #10
crgibson

Win 7 HP 64bit w/SP1
 
 
Mr

GeneO - I found a way to turn off Drive D from the backup image.

I used Macrium to delete D Drive.
Started the system image.
It only showed system reserve and C Drive to backup (No D Drive).
After image was made, I used Macrium again to create partition for D Drive.
To further check, I rebooted and made another system image. Still no D Drive.

Now if only I can remember this the next time.

Thanks for your help & input.
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