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I use the Win 7 imaging tool as well as Macrium free just for the redundency of having more than one system image. Some folks have said they've experienced problems with Win 7. I never have. When you image with the 7 utility it creates WindowsImageBackup file. That's the name of the file it looks for if you have to restore the image. If you create a second image it will overwrite that first file.
If you want to save that first image and not have it overwritten, rename it to something like SysImg03012011. The new second image will then be called WindowsImageBackup. As long as you keep renaming WindowsImageBackup to something else you can save as many images as you have room for. If you want to restore your computer back to SysImg03012011 (for example) rename it WindowsSystemImage and you're good to go. Once the restore is finished you can rename it SysImg03012011 again and it won't be accidentally overwritten.
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|01 Mar 2011||#8|
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The thing that I don't like about the built-in tool....is that rather than create a single file (that is the backup), it creates a folder and plops a whole mess of files and folders there. And it doesn't allow you to copy this folder to another drive or folder. While you can copy it, you are no longer able to restore from it. However, when I have just used the backup and made a single image to my external drive, I've been able to restore from it successfully....so it's worked as advertised.
I like the third party tools as I can create a full image at the end of each week and keep 5 weeks worth of files in a folder and if I want to copy them someplace else, I can do so with Windows explorer. The other thing that I like is that with the third parties, I can easily mount that backup image and copy files and folders out of there if need be.
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