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Windows 7: I'm crying for help - can't find system image

28 Aug 2011   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Amao. I'm happy to hear that you got it working.


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28 Aug 2011   #12
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

It's like most imaging programs. They all have their quirks and many people won't use it and others will swear by it. I don't like it because there is no flexibility in it. You can't choose what to image. Also, you can only keep 1 system image, they overwrite each other. There are ways around that, but you shouldn't have to do all of that. But, there are many here that swear by it. Many here use free Macrium or free versions of Acronis given out by Western Digital or Seagate if you have one of their drives. Others have issues with those programs. You just have to find a couple that work for you and use them. And I suggest you use at least 2 imaging programs and backup to 2 locations.
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28 Aug 2011   #13
AlienAmao

Windows7 64bit
 
 

you're right. it's always good to be safe.
and I don't know why, but when I made a copy of the system image and also the data, there're two files, one of them is the data and programs, the other I assume is system image. But both of them are like 125G, and I don't know why the system image file is so large
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28 Aug 2011   #14
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

The system image is the file named windowsimagebackup. The file and folder image will keep multiple images, the system image will only keep the last one. You can rename the windowsimagebackup to windowsimagebackup8-28 or whatever you want and it will not overwrite it. But in order to restore it, you have to rename it back to windowsimagebackup. Or, you can put it in a folder, but you will have to take it out in order to use it, and there cannot be 2 files with the same name in the same place. It is a good idea to when you do a clean install, let all the updates install then do an image with several programs. Then create a folder, i call mine 'clean install' and put all of those images in that folder. That way you can restore any of those images and never have to do a clean install again.

EDIT: you obviously have your user files in your C drive and that is why the image is so large. If you move the user files (pictures, documents etc.) to another drive or partition, your system image won't be as large and you can back them up separately.
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28 Aug 2011   #15
AlienAmao

Windows7 64bit
 
 

I know what you mean, but I didn't mean that I got multiple backup.
In one backup, I got the 2 large files. One is the WindowsImageBackup, the other is called MININT-ODTC753, which is my computer name. The weird thing is that MININT-ODTC753 is 100G, WindowsImageBackup is 138G.

Do the 2 files overlap? Like WindowsImageBackup is system+data while MININT-ODTC753 is data.


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28 Aug 2011   #16
AlienAmao

Windows7 64bit
 
 

The 2nd pic is what shows when I click on MININT-ODTC753.
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28 Aug 2011   #17
AlienAmao

Windows7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post

EDIT: you obviously have your user files in your C drive and that is why the image is so large. If you move the user files (pictures, documents etc.) to another drive or partition, your system image won't be as large and you can back them up separately.


Oh so if I only got one disk, does that mean WindowsImageBackup contains everything and actually MININT-ODTC753 is redundant and I can remove it.
Because when I bought the laptop it only has one disk, and Dell people told me it's not necessary to partition.
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28 Aug 2011   #18
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Yes. The system image is OS, programs and user data, everything on the c drive.
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28 Aug 2011   #19
AlienAmao

Windows7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Yes. The system image is OS, programs and user data, everything on the c drive.

If only I knew it earlier, every time it took me almost 5-6 hours to do a backup, because apparently I'm doing two backup at once... Thanks
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28 Aug 2011   #20
essenbe

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

No, don't remove it. You can restore files and folders from the user backup. The system image is an all or nothing backup. Look through the tutorial section. There are numerous tutorials about backups there by people who understand more about windows backup than me.
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