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Windows 7: Making a Factory Restore/Backup

21 Jan 2012   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
They are both OK. EaseUS may be a bit easier.
I've used both and I would agree. But my vote for a third party (free or paid) imaging program goes to Macrium Reflect. It's been around a long time and can't recall any real negative comments.
I use Windows own and Macrium and have found both ok.


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21 Jan 2012   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You should know though that mjf is a Windows Imaging expert. For us plain folk, that facility will remain a mystery most of the time.
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21 Jan 2012   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

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You should know though that mjf is a Windows Imaging expert.....
thank you I think but

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22 Jan 2012   #14
Zeldafan1993

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zeldafan1993 View Post
ok just 1 question if i make a Image does that make everything on my Hard rive go into that image so if i restore the image it will be just like when i made the image?
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You should know though that mjf is a Windows Imaging expert.....
thank you I think but

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ok ill take a look at Macrum but i saw a video and it was like you have to make a CD etc so you can even get the chance to Restore your files?? is that true?
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22 Jan 2012   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes that is true. The best is to make the WindowsPE DVD because the Linux CD has too many restrictions. This DVD is required in order to start the restore process. When your system is not operational, that is the only way.
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22 Jan 2012   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It think you are confusing two different types of Backup.

1. Files Backup - it is not absolutely necessary to have a special program for that. You might have files that you want to keep copies of somewhere else - e.g. on an external hard drive.

If you want to do that - you can just copy and paste them

There are also programs which do files backup for you - they will automatically make copies of the files /folders you tell them to. You need to tell them where to store those those file backups, and how often you want them to do it - eg. every day, or every week- it's up to you.

If you want to get any of the files back again - you can do that from Windows.


2. There is a different kind of backup - usually called imaging.

What that does is make a copy of an entire partition - and everything on it. It is usually stored in a compressed format to save space.

You need a program to do that.

Again, you need to tell it which partition(s) to make an image of , how often to do it, and where to store those images.

If you want to restore an image of your windows partition ( or the system partition - that is the one contaning the critical operating system files needed to start up ) - you need to do that from outside of windows.

The way you do that is by using a "boot" disc - it is also possible to use a usb stick - or even by starting up a special file that can be on hard drive .

Those contain a small operating system which loads into memory and you run the image restore from there.
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22 Jan 2012   #17
Zeldafan1993

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It think you are confusing two different types of Backup.

1. Files Backup - it is not absolutely necessary to have a special program for that. You might have files that you want to keep copies of somewhere else - e.g. on an external hard drive.

If you want to do that - you can just copy and paste them

There are also programs which do files backup for you - they will automatically make copies of the files /folders you tell them to. You need to tell them where to store those those file backups, and how often you want them to do it - eg. every day, or every week- it's up to you.

If you want to get any of the files back again - you can do that from Windows.


2. There is a different kind of backup - usually called imaging.

What that does is make a copy of an entire partition - and everything on it. It is usually stored in a compressed format to save space.

You need a program to do that.

Again, you need to tell it which partition(s) to make an image of , how often to do it, and where to store those images.

If you want to restore an image of your windows partition ( or the system partition - that is the one contaning the critical operating system files needed to start up ) - you need to do that from outside of windows.

The way you do that is by using a "boot" disc - it is also possible to use a usb stick - or even by starting up a special file that can be on hard drive .

Those contain a small operating system which loads into memory and you run the image restore from there.
yea i was looking for a Imaging type of program cuz what i want to do is install 1 program on each mine and My Mom's Computer and make it do a Network "image" back up of the windows Partition Only (so it gets like all my program files etc and if i ever run into problems i can just go and restore and boom everything is the way i left it) on my Server in my Room
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22 Jan 2012   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Pick an app. you like the look of - there are a few good free versions.

You will need to run off the boot cd that comes with any of them.
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23 Jan 2012   #19
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zeldafan1993 View Post
yea i was looking for a Imaging type of program
Look at Macrium Reflect Free Edition, EaseUS TODO Backup, or Acronis.

The first 2 are free downloads. Acronis is free if you have a Seagate or Western Digital hard drive.

Macrium is probably the easiest to use and among the most reliable.
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