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Windows 7: Help with confusing backup options

22 Jun 2011   #11

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

I see no problem with what you want to do as long as you're happy cherry picking the vhd for files and folders.

The reason I was pushing Macrium on this occasion was that you can cherry pick files and folders as well as replacing the whole imaged partition back to your current HDD or any other of your choosing.

Plus I already use both Macrium and Windows imaging. Many will know I'm an advocate of Windows imaging but I still don't trust it 100%.

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22 Jun 2011   #12

Windows 7

On my old computer, I used the vhd file and the Windows restore function of the install disk to re-install the OS and all my files on the C: drive. Has something changed where that's no longer possible?
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23 Jun 2011   #13

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by twentw View Post
On my old computer, I used the vhd file and the Windows restore function of the install disk to re-install the OS and all my files on the C: drive. Has something changed where that's no longer possible?
No I do it all the time for my C: (Boot, OS) plus System reserved (System, active).
In my case I have 2 vhd files. One for each partition - ie. one for system reserved and one for C: (Boot,...). These are embedded in a specific folder structure under [WindowsImageBackup].

We were talking about a separate data partition, D:.
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23 Jun 2011   #14
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mjf, you are right. I am not really a fan of Windows imaging. Reason is mainly because there are too few ways to control it and I never know what it is doing. Besides it played an act on me several times - although I was also successful a couple of times.

With wbadmin, however, I know exactly what I am doing. I use it only in it's simplest form to make an extra backup of my data partitions. I like that because it is fast - I guess because it uses the VSS services. But else I do everything with Macrium, sometimes Paragon.
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