(1) The Create tutorial does not mention anything about multiple images.
(2) The Restore tutorial shows the ability to select an image.
Consequently I did not rename my original image. I figured a new file would get a new name, or a date as shown in the tutorials. Again, the only warning I got was older images would be deleted if there was not enough room on the HDD. After I could not find the original image is when I started to investigate where it went. I may not ever have used that original, but it would have been nice to have.
Hello again, Mike. I realize that sometimes figuring out how Windows 7 works is a mystery. Having a recent
system image is usually more valuable than having one that is several weeks or months old. To that end, I'd respectfully suggest you make a new system image as soon as possible and store it on your external hard drive. At this point, don't concern yourself with following any tutorial. Just do the following: If your external drive already has a file called WindowsImageBackup, please rename it to something else. Then create a new system image by clicking on the "Create a system image" link.
Follow the prompts (including the one to create a System Repair Disc if you haven't already done so.) When the new system image has finished you'll get a screen that says "The backup has completed successfully". At this point check your external hard drive. It should have your renamed system image and a brand new one called WindowsImageBackup. If it does, you're finished, unless you want to also rename the latest image. I further recommend creating a new system image at least once a week or once every couple of weeks, depending on how many changes are made to your computer. If you need to restore your computer it'll never be more than a week or two outdated. Just make sure that whatever system image you choose to use is renamed back to WindowsImageBackup.
I'd also suggest not relying on a scheduled task to create your system images. It would be a shame if you had a system image scheduled to be made at 3pm (just as an example) but your machine wasn't turned on or you were in the middle of some major project like a term paper and the system image wasn't made. Like Murphy's Law says, "If something can go wrong it will happen at the most inconvenient time."