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Windows 7: Windows backup - Will it destroy the Dell recovery partition?

30 Aug 2011   #1
Risco

Windows 7 X64 Home Edition
 
 
Windows backup - Will it destroy the Dell recovery partition?

I have backed up to a USB drive with a system image of windows using the backup and restore of 7. Now my XPS 15 comes with a recovery partition. I am concerned that if I ever used the recovery from windows system image, it would destroy the recovery partition?

So can I safely use the windows image?


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30 Aug 2011   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Providing you only backed up the Windows partition and not the recovery partition then a system restore from your backed-up image, will leave the Dell recovery partition untouched, as far as I'm aware.

If I'm wrong, you can rest assured the cavalry will be along to put me right!
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30 Aug 2011   #3
theog

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Best to backup the System Reserved & Recovery Partition aswell, all the boot files are in System Reserved.

You can also make Dell Recovery Disks.
How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
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30 Aug 2011   #4
Risco

Windows 7 X64 Home Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Providing you only backed up the Windows partition and not the recovery partition then a system restore from your backed-up image, will leave the Dell recovery partition untouched, as far as I'm aware.

If I'm wrong, you can rest assured the cavalry will be along to put me right!
It did not give me a choice and backed up every partition on C drive?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Best to backup the System Reserved & Recovery Partition aswell, all the boot files are in System Reserved.

You can also make Dell Recovery Disks.
How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support
I have just ordered a 16gb usb stick to make a backup of my recovery partition. As stated above, it copied everything from what I can tell.
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30 Aug 2011   #5
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Risco View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Providing you only backed up the Windows partition and not the recovery partition then a system restore from your backed-up image, will leave the Dell recovery partition untouched, as far as I'm aware.

If I'm wrong, you can rest assured the cavalry will be along to put me right!
It did not give me a choice and backed up every partition on C drive?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Best to backup the System Reserved & Recovery Partition aswell, all the boot files are in System Reserved.

You can also make Dell Recovery Disks.
How to use Dell Recovery Partition,make Recovery Disks & how to order Recovery Disks.
Dell - Support
I have just ordered a 16gb usb stick to make a backup of my recovery partition. As stated above, it copied everything from what I can tell.
If everything was backed up, then everything should be restored. You can always do another full system image, just in case.
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30 Aug 2011   #6
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

With Dell Computers they seem to make the Recovery partition also the (System, Active) which contains normal boot files as well as all the GBs of recovery data.
Windows needs these files to boot so will include the Partition that contains these critical boot files. That's why Windows native imaging will want to include this large partition which virtually never changes.

You are better using a program like free Macrium Reflect. Make a couple of copies of images of your Recovery/system, active partition. Then more routinely just image your main Windows operating system partition (Boot,...). This is the one you normally need to reimage most of the time.
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30 Aug 2011   #7
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

You should be safe. I just did this with my brothers Lenovo Laptop. I just created a backup and image using Win7 created an image restore disc and then swapped to bigger, faster hdd and reimaged successfully. No issues.
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30 Aug 2011   #8
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

The point is you don't want to routinely backup 15GB+ of non changing (recovery) data when you're not changing HDDs.
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30 Aug 2011   #9
metalmania31

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1
 
 

Right, subsequent backups are incremental.
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30 Aug 2011   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
Right, subsequent backups are incremental.
Wrong, Windows imaging is not incremental. It employs a differencing VHD approach using shadow storage copy. This is risky using Windows imaging for a number of reasons. Single imaging is fine.

If you want incremental or differential imaging use other software.
OR use the single partition imaging software I suggested above.
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