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Windows 7: Backing up multiple computers to single HDD


24 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP-1, 64 bit
 
 
Backing up multiple computers to single HDD

Hi Folks,
After wasting a bunch of my time, I discovered that Windows easy transfer cannot be used to move user data from a 64 bit computer to a 32 bit computer. Upon discovering this, another question came to mind;

I partitioned a 500GB external USB drive into 4 partitions, and created an image of my 4 computers, each to its own partition. The partitioning was done on a 64 bit machine. Am I able to put a valid image from a 32 bit machine onto one of the partitions created by the 64 bit machine?

All input welcome, and TIA.

DaveT

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24 Apr 2011   #2

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DaveT View Post
Hi Folks,
After wasting a bunch of my time, I discovered that Windows easy transfer cannot be used to move user data from a 64 bit computer to a 32 bit computer. Upon discovering this, another question came to mind;

I partitioned a 500GB external USB drive into 4 partitions, and created an image of my 4 computers, each to its own partition. The partitioning was done on a 64 bit machine. Am I able to put a valid image from a 32 bit machine onto one of the partitions created by the 64 bit machine?

All input welcome, and TIA.

DaveT
Partitions are not Bit specific. You can transfer, read, write from one to another.
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24 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium SP-1, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks ZigZag, that was the info I was hoping for.
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24 Apr 2011   #4
whs
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You do not even need seperate partitions, seperate folders will do - just for clear identifiction.
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24 Apr 2011   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

As WHS says, there's no reason at all to use separate partitions in this case. You can use that 500 GB drive more efficiently if you just use a single partition and separate whatever is on it through the folder structure of your choice.
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24 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium SP-1, 64 bit
 
 

Thanks to all who responded. A little knowledge can be priceless.
DaveT
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