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Windows 7: System Image Repair Disk - Min CD-R Capacity Mb?

13 Dec 2011   #1
Mendacious

HE
 
 
System Image Repair Disk - Min CD-R Capacity Mb?

Hi
I periodically create a system image using an external hdd and a dvd.

I've run out of dvd's and have only got some cd-r's of 750Mb

Will they be big enough?


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13 Dec 2011   #2
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

More than likely not, however, depending on your backup program (I use Acronis True Image 2011) it gives me the option to boot into the recovery mode before the computer boots, so I don't need a DVD to recover from a corrupt OS...
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13 Dec 2011   #3
Mendacious

HE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
More than likely not, however, depending on your backup program (I use Acronis True Image 2011) it gives me the option to boot into the recovery mode before the computer boots, so I don't need a DVD to recover from a corrupt OS...
That sounds good.

How do I do that? Can you tell me or is there a guide I can read?

Is Acronis True Image freeware?
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13 Dec 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Acronis is not freeware. Imaging to DVDs or CDs is really not a good idea. Depending on which imaging program you use, the images are more or less compressed. I use free Macrium and that compresses to about 55% of the data I image. But my images are still 30GB+ which would be a challenge for CDs - even DVDs. Imaging with free Macrium
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13 Dec 2011   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

ditto - definitely avoid DVDs (& absolutely CDs) for images. Use external HDDs and more than one if you can afford it. Unfortunately, HDDs are expensive at the moment
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13 Dec 2011   #6
Mendacious

HE
 
 

Thanks, but I'm still a little confused?

When I create a system image using W7. I plug my extenal HDD into my laptop and copy the image of my C-drive to it. But at the end of the process W7 asks me if I want to create a system repair disk. What I was wondering is can I use a CD-R for the disk?

I think you use the disk to book from the BIOS then connect the external HDD image?

PS
My external HDD is a n old laptop HDD mounted in a USB drive caddy.
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13 Dec 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

OK, the system repair disk is another story. That is a CD and you should burn one asap. Else you cannot restore the image the day you need to do that.
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14 Dec 2011   #8
Mendacious

HE
 
 

I create a system image roughly every month, it doesn't take long.

Do I need to burn a new system repair disk each time?
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14 Dec 2011   #9
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mendacious View Post
I create a system image roughly every month, it doesn't take long.

Do I need to burn a new system repair disk each time?
No.

But you should make a new one if you upgrade to a new version of your imaging application.

And you should test your existing disk from time to time to confirm it will boot and show you all partitions and the required image file.
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14 Dec 2011   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would recommend to make an image at least once per week. Once per month exposes you to losing a lot of stuff when you recover. During a month, a lot of changes are happening and you would be losing all of those.
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