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Windows 7: Image Backups - Win 7 - Manage Image files?


03 Mar 2011   #1

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Image Backups - Win 7 - Manage Image files?

I created two image backups with Win 7 on a drive with more then enough space for two images. The first one was of my full system and the second was of my build without any files, but after doing the second one I can't locate the first. Does it overwrite the images? The file size and date suggest the images are now combined...is this possible, can I change the names given to the image folders and move them to other drives? Please explain how this all works and how others, out there, handle their process?

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03 Mar 2011   #2
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Most image programs make such an image of the entire drive/partition, unless you specify otherwise. If you had bot images on that drive, then one would have overwritten the other. Best is to make you images in another partition/HD from that which you are copying.
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03 Mar 2011   #3

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Yes, normally when you make a new Backup it will overwrite the one on the same drive. You can create another backup and delete that one, just be sure to choose your files to be backed up as well.

I use a removeable USB drive from Verbatim, 500 gigs, and it works like a charm. only $80.
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03 Mar 2011   #4

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Windows 7 imaging does not appreciate renamed or moved image files. That's one of the complications that has caused many on this forum to use other products.
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03 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7
 
 

I used the Win 7 backup and restore. I just discovered two VHD files that could be both images, but there seems to be many other files and both VHD files have the same date. Anyone know all about this stuff?
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03 Mar 2011   #6

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Windows 7 allocates up to 30% of your backup drive for image files and manages this space. The folder is called WindowsImageBackup. If you fill this space the oldest is deleted. If you need more control over this you need to do it manually by renaming the WindowsImageBackup file to something else (I usually add the date) before taking your next image backup. Note that if you want to restore from the backups they must be renamed back to WindowsImageBackup.

I hope this is some help to you.
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03 Mar 2011   #7

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I think that is what I was looking for...So, you are saying I can keep multible backups on the same drive by simply re-naming the filder to say (backup 1) then when I need to restore a backup I rename the folder with the image that I need to (WindowsImageBackup)? I am backing up 30gb drives to a 500gb drive so in theory I should be able to add tons of images?
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03 Mar 2011   #8

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Yes that is correct.
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03 Mar 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Badspell,

In addition to the above, the tutorial below and the related links at the bottom of it can give you some more details about it that may help.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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03 Mar 2011   #10

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Thanks Shawn.
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